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.
Wildfire Danger Rating
|The flag is at full staff today||The current wildfire rating is Moderate.||Stage I Restrictions are in place for all Open Space Areas and the Bosque.|
Holiday Fire Safety
Thanksgiving holiday brings families together to enjoy great food and make lasting memories buts ist also a very dangerous day for fires. Thanksgiving is the leading day for cooking fires. In 2012, Albuquerque Firefighters responded to over 148 cooking fires with an estimated property damage of $231,000.
During 2003-2006, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 150,200 home structure fires involving cooking equipment per year. These fires caused an annual average of 500 civilian deaths, 4,660 civilian injuries, and $756 million in direct property damage.
Top causes for cooking fires:
- Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in these fires.
- Having items that can catch fire too close to heating equipment.
- Unintentionally turning on or not turning off the stove.
Cook with Caution:
- Be on alert! Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove
- Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains - away from your stovetop.
- Keep kids and pets at least 3’ away from any cooking area to prevent burns.
If you have a cooking fire:
Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- When in doubt, just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 911 after you leave.
- Read manufacturer’s instructions
- Completely thaw turkey
- Place the fryer on a flat surface and in an open area away from anything that can burn
- Use protective wear to prevent burns
- Have an ABC rated fire extinguisher nearby
Smoke Alarms and Evacuation Plans save lives:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside and inside each sleeping area and at least 10 feet away from a cooking appliance.
- Test smoke alarm once a month and replace batteries during daylight savings.
- Practice a home evacuation plan each month so everyone knows when to get out and where to go if a fire occurs.
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
On Friday, April 15th, AFD Engine-21 and Rescue-21 crews Lt. Ron Herrera, Driver Phil Preciado, Firefighter Aaron Sandoval, Firefighter Chester Fuller, and from Resuce-21 Lt. Richard Barela and Driver Timothy Woodard were honored for reviving a two year old baby boy who had drowned. Also honored was AFD Chaplain Lieutenant Jerome Rael, who has assisted the family since the incident.
After defeating two teams each, the Albuquerque Fire and Police Department met at Santa Ana Star to battle for the Championship trophy. The score remained close throughout the game but AFD came out on top at the end, defeating APD 62-60.
Wildfire Preparedness Class for the residents along the Bosque.
On Friday, March 25, 2011 Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized an Albuquerque Firefighter for his immediate action to assist and save a woman who was choking at the Isotopes Baseball Park.
Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized on Friday an Albuquerque Fire Department Dispatcher for the outstanding work he did in assisting a family member who called for help when his mother experienced a severe medical emergency. This week’s Friday’s Hero is Albuquerque Fire Department Dispatcher Glenn Sveum. Each week Mayor Richard J. Berry honors at least one public safety employee for going beyond the call of duty in performing their work.