Albuquerque Fire Department

Information about the Albuquerque Fire Department.

The Albuquerque Fire Department is a paid municipal department, comprised of 700 uniformed personnel, serving a jurisdiction of more than 182 square miles and an estimated metropolitan population of 901,700 according to the 2012 US Census.

Albuquerque's metropolitan area has a total population of 1,146,049 according to the 2010 Census.

Today's Status

Flag Full Staff

Flag Status

Flags are at full staff today.


Wildfire Danger Rating

Wildfire rating is Moderate.

Fire Restrictions

Fire Restrictions

Stage I Restrictions are in place for the Bosque and Open Space. (No fireworks, open flames, camping or spark emitting equipment allowed.)

Wildfire Season

As the 2015 wildland fire season approaches the Albuquerque Fire Department has completed several important trainings to be prepared for an unpredictable season. Open Space patrols will start in June and will cover the West Mesa, Foothills and the Bosque. You have the potential to make a significant impact of wildland fire prevention as citizens. No matter whether you own ¼ acre or 10, as a landowner you have a considerable role to play in the process of community resiliency to wildfire.

How do you reduce the potential for catastrophic wildfire?

  • Manage for the survival of healthy trees and remove the unhealthy ones.
  • Thin out stressed and unhealthy trees.
  • Remove ladder fuels – create a vertical separation between taller trees and lower growing vegetation so that a ground fire cannot climb into the canopy.
  • Thin out dense underbrush

This is referred to as “harden your home.”

To learn more on how to make your home safe against wildfire and participate in wildfire prevention, please contact Lt. Brian Fox at [email protected] for a community presentation or visit our website for additional fire safety tips, go to

Become a Firefighter

The Albuquerque Fire Department has emergency-responder personnel in the following programs:

  • Communications (Alarm Room)
  • Fire Marshal's Office (Fire Prevention Bureau)
  • Fire Investigations
  • Capital Improvements Program (CIP)
  • Albuquerque Fire Academy
  • Fiscal Program

View Fire Department jobs.

Latest News

Mayor Berry, AFD Union President Announce Contract Agreement

Mayor Richard J. Berry and International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 244 President Diego Arencon announced a contract agreement between the city and the union that includes a raise for all Albuquerque Fire Department firefighters and new Firefighter Safety and Wellness Programs.

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National CPR & AED Awareness Week

The Albuquerque Fire Department is joining forces with the American Heart Association in celebrating National CPR & AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) Awareness Week, June 1-7, 2015. Our focus continues to be on Hands-Only™ CPR and how two simple steps (1) Call 9-1-1; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest, can help to increase cardiac arrest survival rates.

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