Pojoaque Volunteer Fire District

Located in the north central portion of the County the Pojoaque Fire Districts two fire stations are located at 17919 US Hwy 84/295 and #302 NM Hwy 503 and Nambe Falls Rd. Serving the communities of Nambe, Pojoaque, Jacona, Jaconita, El Rancho, Nambe Pueblo, Pueblo of Pojoaque, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Arroyo Seco and Cuyamungue the District is also home to the Northern Region paid paramedic crew (Med 50). The District has recently experienced a rapid increase in its call volume due to tribal development including Buffalo Thunder Resort and the Nambe Falls Travel Center as well as the reformatting of US 84/285 from Tesuque to Pojoaque and the continuing upgrade and modification of US 84/285 from Pojoaque to Arroyo Seco. In order to meet the increased demands the District works closely with NM-EMNRD/Forestry, BIA, Espanola Fire Department, Santa Fe Fire Department, Los Alamos Fire Department, La Mesilla Fire Department, Santa Clara Fire Department and other Districts within Santa Fe County.

The Pojoaque Valley Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1959 by a group of civic-minded community members and was the first volunteer fire department organized in Santa Fe County. Department members constructed the original fire station on US 84/285 and a fire engine was obtained from Los Alamos Fire Dept. at a cost of $4,000. Over the past forty-six years the members of the Pojoaque Fire District have provided fire and EMS services for the communities of the Pojoaque Valley including three Pueblos and became part of the Santa Fe County Fire Department in 1997.

Pojoaque2.jpg District Chief Nick Martinez started as a cadet with the Pojoaque Volunteer Fire Department in 1987, he worked his way in rank and became the District Chief in January of 2010.
Upon graduating from high school, District Chief Martinez became a certified EMS First Responder and then went on to become an EMT-Basic. He currently works for the Santa Fe Regional Emergency Communications Center (RECC) where he started as a dispatcher and has climbed the ladder to Quality Assurance Specialist. He lives in the Pojoaque Valley, is married and has two daughters.
When asked why he became a volunteer fire fighter, he responded “I volunteer because it is a way for m to give back to my community. I really enjoy being a part of a team and working in an environment that involves team work. It is a great way to meet people, get to know people and be there to assist whenever possible. I just love fire and EMS work!”

 

Contact Information

District Chief:  Nick Martinez
District Phone: 505-455-2446
District Fax: 505-455-0629

Please keep in mind, these are volunteer departments, and there may not be anyone there to answer your call. Leave a message, and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

Insurance Services Organization (ISO) Rating for the Pojoaque Volunteer Fire District (5/7):

ISO collects information (such as nearest water supply, fire station, station staffing, number of personnel, number and type of fire trucks, pumping capacity, emergency communications, etc.) on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. Based on the information a numerical rating is given to the area which is used by insurance companies to determine premiums.

Split Classifications:
When a district has a split classification, such as 5/9, the first number is the class that applies to properties within 5 road miles of the responding fire station and 1,000 feet of a creditable water supply (fire hydrant, suction point, or dry hydrant). The second number is the class that applies to properties within 5 road miles of a fire station but beyond 1,000 feet of a credible water supply.

New Classifications (effective July 1, 2014):
There are two new classifications that may appear with the number classifications ‘X’ and ‘Y’ (formerly the ‘9’ and ‘8B’ portion of the split classification, ie: 6/8B). Please note: Communities graded with a single ‘9’ or ‘8B’ classification will remain intact.