Fire Chief and Command Staff

Fire Chief's Office


deptlogo_1.pngDavid Sperling
Fire Chief

Chief Sperling was appointed as Santa Fe County Fire Chief in 2012 after serving as Interim Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief/County Fire Marshal. As Fire Chief he has the responsibility to lead nearly four hundred career and volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in meeting the mission to provide high quality emergency services to Santa Fe County residents and visitors. He previously served as the Fire Chief for the City of Santa Fe Fire Department from 2002-2006 and has 27 years of experience in fire and EMS.


Steve Moya
Assistant Chief - Administration Division

Assistant Chief Moya oversees all support services including Finance & Budget, Logistics, Fleet and Special Projects. He and his staff manage 35 fulltime Program Budgets and have 6-10 Special Project Budgets that vary due to grant awards, bond sales and Commission action. Assistant Chief Moya is a native Santa Fean and has a BS-Business Administration from NMSU and University of Phoenix. His many years of financial administration come from employment in the Finance Department with City of Santa Fe for 21 years. His fire service began in 1991 as a founding member of the Santa Fe County Galisteo Volunteer Fire District in 1991, where he promoted though the ranks including District Chief. He began his career service with SFCFD in 2004 when he was hired to manage the administration and finance sections of this ever growing combination department.


Martin Vigil
Assistant Chief - Director of Emergency Management

Assistant Chief Vigil is the Emergency Manager for the County of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has over 35 years of public safety experience from being a Paramedic, Emergency Medical Services educator, Police Sergeant, and Fire Command Officer in both career and combination fire departments. Assistant Chief Vigil started his career at age 13 as a member of the New Mexico Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and was involved in air search and rescue. He soon became an Emergency Medical Technician and started teaching EMT courses at age 16. At age 19, he became the first Native American Paramedic in the state of New Mexico. In 1998, Assistant Chief Vigil left public safety to pursue a career in critical care nursing, eventually working at the University of New Mexico Hospital in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. He began to take a strong interest in infectious diseases and bioterrorism medical response. He holds significant certifications in the medical management of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive casualties.

Karl Ehl
Chief - Shift Battalion A

Battalion Chief Karl Ehl has more than 17 years in the fire service. His service began as a Volunteer with the Bernalillo County Fire Department, District Seven in the early nineties. In 1995 BC Ehl moved the East Mountains and found a home with Moriarty Fire where he quickly moved through the ranks to the position of Chief Officer. In 2007, BC Ehl was hired with Santa Fe County Fire Department as the Fire Training Captain. He was promoted to the position of Battalion Chief in 2012. Over the years, BC Ehl has served on several committees including the Executive Board of the New Mexico Fire Chief’s Association, Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments, United Way Council, and the International Association of Fire Chief’s. He is currently licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate and is trained in Fire Suppression, Incident Command, Hazardous Materials response, Leadership and is an IFSAC Accredited Fire Instructor.

Tony Ruscetti
Chief - Shift Battalion B

Battalion Chief Ruscetti has more than 20 years with the Santa Fe County Fire Department. BC Ruscetti joined the Edgewood Volunteer Fire District in 1988 and advanced in ranks to the position of District Captain. In 1995 he was hired as a full time fire fighter for Santa Fe County and spent the last five years serving as a Shift Lieutenant and was recently promoted to the position of Battalion Chief. BC Ruscetti spent several years as an adjunct EMT-I/C for UNM, ENMU and SFCC teaching EMT’s throughout New Mexico. He is also trained in Incident Command, Hazmat, tech rescue, swift water rescue and wild land fire fighting.


Bobby Montoya
Chief - Shift Battalion C

Battalion Chief Montoya joined Santa Fe County Fire Department in 2002 and entered the field as a Firefighter EMT-Intermediate. Over the last several years he has served as a Firefighter Paramedic, Lieutenant, and currently Battalion Chief. He started working at Espanola Ambulance in April 2001 as an Intermediate. He worked there full-time for over two years before switching to PRN status, which he still works currently. Chief Montoya attended Paramedic School in 2006. Over the past ten years, Chief Montoya has continued to add to his experience by training in Rescue Operations, HazMat Operations, Pediatric and Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and various other courses.

Regional Operations - Captains 


Mike Mestas
EMS Captain

Captain Mestas hired on with SFCFD in the fall of 2008 and assumed the duties of EMS Operations and Training serving under Chief Holland. He comes with over 20 years experience from Albuquerque Fire Department and is credentialed as EMS instructor in ACLS, PALS, BLS and PHTLS. He also serves as the Quality Assurance Officer (CQI) for the department. Since his involvement with county he has affiliated with SF Community College becoming an employee/instructor for the school. He has extensive involvement and training of several EMT Basic, EMT Intermediate, Paramedic classes, and EMT Instructor course for the county as well the annual EMT Combo Refresher classes.

Mike Jaffa
Volunteer Recruitment / Retention Captain

Captain Jaffa joined the Department in 2008 and is responsible for Recruitment & Retention Programs and serves as the Department's Volunteer Coordinator. Mike has more than 28 years of experience in the fire service, having previously served as the Deputy Chief for both the Bernalillo County and the Village of Tijeras Fire Departments. He serves on numerous committees and task forces for the International Association of Fire Chiefs, where he currently is the chairperson for Company Officer Leadership Committee and the Reputation Management Project for the volunteer and Combination Officers Section.  He also serves as the NM State Director for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, providing training and support to Firefighters dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Captain Jaffa is a frequent presenter at Fire Rescue International and other state and regional fire service conferences, covering such topics as: Firehouse Etiquette, Reputation Management, Cancer in the Fire Service, Fire Corps Programs, Volunteer & Career Integration, Jr. Firefighter Programs, Leadership Practices, and Recruiting and Retention of Volunteers.

Fire Prevention and Wildland 

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Jaome Blay
Fire Marshal

Fire Marshal Blay began is fire career as a Volunteer Firefighter with Santa Fe County in 2004. A couple of years later he was hired by Los Alamos County Fire Department as a Firefighter/EMT and joined their Fire Prevention and Public Education program. In 2007, he was hired with the City of Santa Fe Fire Department where he earned his Paramedic, Fire Inspector and Hazardous Materials Tech certifications. Jaome became the City of Santa Fe Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal in 2013. Fire Marshal Blay was born in Barcelona, Spain and has lived in Santa Fe County since 1993. He has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the College of Santa Fe, an A.A.S. in Fire Protection Technology from ENMU Roswell and has been an ICC Certified Fire Marshal since 2015.

Mike Feulner
Wildland Captain

Captain Feulner started with the County in 2006 as a member of the Edgewood Volunteer Fire District as a structural and wildland firefighter. Although he was not an EMT he assisted medical personnel on all medical calls. Captain Feulner served as the EVFD Assistant Chief from January 2011 until June 2012. In 2010, he was hired by the County as a Fire Prevention- Urban Interface Specialist. In 2012 he was hired as the Wildland Division Captain. Captain Feulner is a certified Engine boss, A faller, ICT 4, and teaches wildland classes and refreshers both for the County and outside agencies.

Fire Training Shift Captains

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Reed Shelton
A Shift Captain

Captain Shelton began his fire service career as a volunteer with Santa Fe County Fire Department in 1993. After seven years as a volunteer in the Hondo Fire District, he began working as a regional staff member. He completed the UNM paramedic program in 2001 and has served as a FF Paramedic, Regional Lieutenant, Acting EMS Captain, Battalion Captain, and now Shift Training Captain. Captain Shelton also served three years as the commanding officer of the Santa Fe County Fire Department Technical Rescue Team. He has a background in wilderness medicine, search and rescue, 3 years of helicopter EMS experience, and served 10 years as a ski patrol paramedic. He has a bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University. When Captain Shelton is not working, he enjoys spending time with his kids, building with Legos and eating ice cream.