The Santa Fe County Fire Department is the primary emergency response agency for unincorporated Santa Fe County, including the incorporated Town of Edgewood. The Division provides Fire and Emergency Medical Services through 14 Volunteer Fire Districts and 6 staffed regional fire stations.
The Regional Stations are located strategically to cover multiple fire districts as part of a highly structured automatic aid response. Each regional station is staffed with career firefighters who work directly with the volunteer district personnel in their region to respond to all types of fire, rescue, and emergency medical calls. The regional concept provides a timely response by well trained and equipped volunteer and career personnel to all corners of the County. Santa Fe County Fire Department is able to meet rural firefighting water supply requirements of at least 250 gallons a minute for a minimum of 2 hours in those areas of the County that lack fire hydrants.
Training is a critical component of the Department’s ability to successfully and safely respond to emergencies. SFCFD utilizes Cadet Academy style training; this 18 week training academy meets the NFPA 1001 Standard and cadets that are successful in passing the academy are certified to the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Firefighter II level. Firefighter II certification also includes Wild Land Firefighter, Hazardous Materials, Extrication, Pump Ops, and Emergency Vehicle driving. The last 4 to 5 weeks are dedicated to Emergency Medical Service trainings. All Cadets are trained to the EMT Basic level, unless they enter the academy with a higher level medical certification.
Readiness and Response
The responsibilities of the Wildland Division are broken down into two main categories. The first responsibility of the Wildland Division is wildland fire suppression readiness and response. This responsibility includes coordinating the wildland training, overseeing equipment and the equipment cache, managing the Wildland Operations Plan, the Resource Mobilization plan, and all National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) certifications for regional and district staff.
The second responsibility is as important as the first; reducing the threat of a catastrophic wildland fire in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) through prevention efforts like public education and hazardous fuels mitigation. The Wildland Division is responsible for coordinating Firewise activities with communities, Ready Set Go Programs, updating the 2008 Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and the 2001 WUI Ordinance, coordinating fuel reduction projects in high priority areas, grant research, managing the wildland fuel crew, and a Santa Fe County WUI Hazard Homeowner Assessment Project.
Under the guidance of an Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Administrative Services Division is responsible for the management and oversight of the Department’s finances and budget, including the accounts payable and budgets for the fourteen Fire Districts. This division employs a staff of nine to provide billing and revenue collections for ambulance services, fleet and facility management, ground level management of the Department’s purchasing process, managing the Department’s construction projects, and providing front desk customer services to the public.
The Fire Prevention Division aims to prevent the loss of life and damage to environment, property and other values in Santa Fe County through the establishment of community partnerships, information dissemination, code development and enforcement, planning, review and active involvement in our communities.
The Prevention Division's proactive, participative model has proven to be an effective and legitimate modality that enjoys success, credibility and wide support from its constituents.