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About Albuquerque Fire Rescue

The Albuquerque Fire Rescue is a paid municipal department, comprised of 704 uniformed personnel, serving a jurisdiction of more than 189 square miles and an estimated city population of 558,000 ; the greater metropolitan area population is estimated at 909,906.

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Albuquerque Fire Rescue was established on June 1, 1900, and has a Class 1 rating (the highest score possible) from the Insurance Service Office (ISO). Today, the department has 22 fire stations, 717 full-time firefighters and 34 civilian personnel. Over the last few decades, the City has experienced explosive growth, and its expectations of this Department have remained consistent in the face of ever-increasing call volume and the perpetual broadening scope of our service to the community. Albuquerque Firefighters respond with unparalleled service–protecting the lives and property of those in this community. AFR’s experience and professionalism have created a level of public trust that present and future generations of firefighters are duty-bound to uphold.

We are a progressive and innovative department, adapting to meet the service demands of our community. The scope of saving lives and property has both transformed and increased–as service demands change and expectations grow. In addition to fire suppression, the Albuquerque Fire Rescue of today provides emergency medical services, emergency dispatch services, fire prevention, arson investigation, special operations response, community paramedicine, and public education. Every action we take is intended to prepare for the actual delivery of services to people who may be facing the worst day of their lives. What becomes routine for us, is often a once in a lifetime event for them.

Not only have service expectations grown, but the hazards that firefighters encounter daily have changed just as significantly. Lightweight building construction, fire and smoke behavior, blood and air-borne pathogens, distracted and inattentive drivers, and an alarming rise in cancers diagnoses have changed the fire service workplace environment. It is more dangerous than ever to serve as a firefighter. Through training, education, experience, and dedication, Albuquerque Firefighters continue to demonstrate constant professionalism in addressing these concerns both proactively and as they occur.

AFR responded to just under 110,000 calls in 2018, making us the 30th busiest fire department in the country. Over one-third of the departments'  fire stations require Firefighters with specialized training. This includes our five Wildland Task Force stations, two Hazardous Materials Task Force stations, and one Technical Rescue Task Force station. Whether it’s a medical emergency in your home or at your place of work, a lost hiker in the foothills or a child swept down arroyo from a flash flood we are ready to respond.  Our Firefighters are trained to handle hazardous materials spills and leaks, confined space rescues, vehicle extrication, and rope rescues.  A Bosque fire threatening homes or a raging structure fire with people still inside – it is the members of the Albuquerque Fire Rescue who respond. We are the all-hazards response agency for this community. Saving lives and protecting property is what we do…we are Firefighters, and we never stop!