Executive Staff

Executive Staff of Albuquerque Fire Rescue.

caption: Deputy Chief of the Fire Marshal’s Office & Fire Marshal Gene Gallegos

Interim Fire Chief Gene Gallegos

Interim Chief Gallegos oversees the Fire Marshal’s Office, which includes the Inspections Division, Plans Checking Division, Fire Investigation Division, and ADAPT. All divisions of the Fire Marshal’s Office follow the adopted City of ABQ Fire Ordinance, 2015 International Fire Code, and NFPA 101 Life Safety Code. The Inspections Division encompasses the inspections of all existing commercial structures within the city of ABQ and public education programs to include Fire Safety Training for kids and adults, Fire Evacuation Training, and Fire Extinguisher training. Plans Checking Division works with the Planning Department to assist the citizens of ABQ in developing and finalizing all proposals for new construction, as well as performing the final inspection of the completed construction. Plans Checking also works with the Cultural Services Department in helping to plan special events held in the city of ABQ, to ensure all safety parameters are in place, to include tent safety parameters and occupancy load of any required fenced area. Fire Investigation Division is made up of firefighters trained and certified in both arson investigations and law enforcement disciplines. The Division also has an accelerant K9 team to assist with any investigations. We also have a program in place to assist in the rehabilitation of a minor (Youth Fire Awareness Program) if determined the youth was involved in a fire incident. The ADAPT program works with owners of properties identified as a public safety nuisance to the community. ADAPT directs them to bring the property back into compliance with city ordinances to decrease crime as well as increase the safety of all residents living around them.

Contact Interim Chief Gallegos at [email protected].

caption: Deputy Chief of Training and Communication David Mowery

Deputy Chief David Mowery - Training and Communications

Deputy Chief Mowery is responsible for Training, Technical Services, and Fire/Medical Dispatch for AFR. The Training Division encompasses medical, fire, professional development training, and education for all members along with LifeSaver training provided to the City of Albuquerque and its citizens. The Technical Services Division manages all communications to include radios, emails, and phone service. They are also responsible for computer hardware/software and network items related to operations of the Department. Dispatch receives emergency and non-emergency calls for service. Utilizing Computer Aided Dispatch, sworn firefighters manage the resources needed for each response.

Contact Deputy Chief Mowery at [email protected]

caption: Deputy Chief of Field Operations Sean Elks

Deputy Chief Sean Elks – Field Operations

Deputy Chief Elks oversees all field operations on each of the departments’ three shifts. He is also responsible for special event coordination and activities. He manages the three special operations divisions, including Wildland, Hazardous Materials, and Heavy Technical Rescue.

Contact Deputy Chief Elks at [email protected]

caption: Assistant Chief Sean Frazier

Deputy Chief Sean Frazier – Human Resources

Deputy Chief Frazier oversees the Department’s Human Resources Office, Health & Safety Division, Chaplaincy Program, Peer Support Network, and the Public Affairs Office (PAO). The PAO includes each of the Community Risk Reduction programs the Department offers, as well as AFR’s Public Information Officer. Deputy Chief Frazier also enforces the Professional Standards and Code of Conduct of the Albuquerque Fire Rescue.

Contact Deputy Chief Frazier at [email protected].

caption: Deputy Chief of Emergency Services Emily Jaramillo

Deputy Chief Emily Jaramillo – Emergency Services

Deputy Chief Jaramillo oversees all of the Emergency Medical Services for Albuquerque Fire Rescue. This includes all of the BLS and ALS pre-hospital medical care in the field, the community paramedic Home Engagement and Alternative Response Team (HEART), Records Management, Basic Life Support Rescues, the Albuquerque Fire Rescue Pharmacy, and the field EMS Quality Assurance Officers. The AFR Medical Director, Doctor Kimberly Pruett, also falls under this Division. The Emergency Services Division is committed to providing exemplary pre-hospital care and community paramedicine to the citizens of Albuquerque with a strong focus on patient care and quality assurance.

Contact Deputy Chief Jaramillo at [email protected].

A headshot of Deputy Chief Nathaniel Meisner- Planning & Logistics

Deputy Chief Nathaniel Meisner- Planning & Logistics

Nathaniel will oversee AFR Logistics, Fiscal Division, Fleet Division, CIP, as well as lead the charge for CPSE accreditation.

A New Mexico native raised in the Albuquerque Area, Nathaniel Meisner has been in the fire service for over 17 years. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management from Eastern New Mexico University. He holds his Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Central New Mexico College and an Associate’s Degree in Emergency Medical Services from Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell. Nathaniel won the 2014 Motorola Solutions Future Leaders Award from the International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation. He twice received the Albuquerque Mayor’s Hero of the Week Award and was the Captain of the HEART program when it won the Albuquerque Fire Rescue Division of the Year in 2018.

Nathaniel has most recently worked as the Battalion Chief of Fleet Operations for Albuquerque Fire Rescue. He manages the accreditation process, which analyzes all fire department programs and services and developed 5-year strategic plans for AFR. Prior to that, Nathaniel worked as the Community EMS Captain for the Albuquerque Fire Rescue HEART program, where he developed and helped implement programs to help the most vulnerable populations in the city. Nathaniel also served as Albuquerque Fire Rescue Records Division Captain where he managed the report-writing system for the intake of 250,000 fire and emergency medical incident reports annually. He administered documentation, quality assurance, and compliance programs for the department. He also provided extensive data analysis and reporting for effective operational and planning decisions.

Nathaniel is married with three children. Together they enjoy the outdoors, fishing, and camping.

Contact Deputy Chief Meisner at [email protected].

Deputy Chief of The Fire Marshal’s Office Kris Romero

Deputy Chief Kris Romero - Interim Fire Marshal

As the Interim Fire Marshal, Kris will oversee the Fire Inspections Office, ADAPT, Fire Investigations, and Plans Checking.

Kris joined Albuquerque Fire Rescue (AFR) in 2003 as part of the 66th Cadet Class. Kris is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque. Prior to his career with AFR, Kris graduated from Eldorado High School and attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he received his B.A. in Economics.

During Kris’ 18-year tenure with Albuquerque Fire Rescue, he spent over 13 years in Emergency Operations, where he served the citizens of Albuquerque at several stations along the Central corridor. In 2010, Kris and his crew were honored by Uniting New Mexicans Against Adult Abuse as their “Outstanding Professional” recipient. In 2013, Kris was honored by former Fire Chief David Downey for his team’s response to a lightning strike involving a pregnant patient and her partner. In 2014, Kris was a recipient of the Albuquerque Mayor’s “Friday’s Heroes” for a successful mountain rescue.

Kris has spent the last 5 years as the Captain of Technical Services Division. During Kris’ tenure with this division, he has led several new initiatives that have resulted in upgraded phone, radio, and computer technologies and has helped increase the efficiency of several processes that support day to day operations.

From 2014-2019, Kris was the EMT-Basic Representative for the NM Medical Direction Committee. More recently, Kris was selected to be a member of AFR’s Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) Committee. The CPSE accreditation provides a quality improvement model that promotes the establishment of community-adopted performance targets for AFR.

Kris enjoys life with his wife, Jenifer, and their two daughters. They can often be found on the sidelines of a soccer field or a volleyball court. Kris also enjoys camping, fishing, and traveling.

Contact Deputy Chief Romero at [email protected].