Fire Prevention Division
Notice: The Santa Fe County Fire Prevention Division has moved back to the Public Safety Building located
What is Fire Prevention?
The goal of the Fire Prevention Division is 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.
Fire Prevention in Santa Fe County
Throughpout the past six years a major shift in customer and quality service took place, resulting in the professionalism and effectiveness of the Fire Prevention Staff. We began taking on new roles and responsibilties in the areas of Planning-plan and development review; Fire Protection Systems-review and approval of fire protection systems; County Fire Hydrants- management and administration of the county fire hydrant testing and maintenance program; Permits-inspections and permitting programs; Rural Fire Protection System; and of course Prevention and Education.
Additionally, we developed and implemented the first Wildland-Urban Interface Code in New Mexico, and this made the County Fire Department a model for numerous other agencies across the country, especially in the Southwestern United States. We are one of only six areas in North America chosen as a beta test site for the now very successful Firewise Communities USA program, and for this the County received a national award for its efforts. Through this program, the Prevention Division developed a wildland-urban interface hazard assessment model that has also garnered national recognition for its effectiveness and innovation. The creation of the Santa Fe Wildfire Cooperators also improved interagency and community relations regarding wildfire issues.
Other programs developed and implemented and/or piloted were the water harvesting/recapture program, saving tens of thousands of gallons of water for drought-stricken Santa Fe County, the low hazard commercial self-inspection program, the county citation and enforcement program, hazardous materials readiness and training program, and numerous public outreach and information programs throughout the county.
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.