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Honoring our fellow comrades from AMR Alamogordo, thank you all for what you do for our community. Stay Safe!#SafeAlamog...
05/23/2020

Honoring our fellow comrades from AMR Alamogordo, thank you all for what you do for our community. Stay Safe!

#SafeAlamogordo #AMRAlamogordo #EMSWeek

In honor of EMS week we are interviewing one of our local EMS personnel this week.Paramedic/Supervisor: Melinda MillerAg...
05/22/2020

In honor of EMS week we are interviewing one of our local EMS personnel this week.

Paramedic/Supervisor: Melinda Miller
Age: 50
Member of AMR Alamogordo for 15 years

- Q: What inspired you to become a Paramedic?
- Melinda: I have always been calm in bad situations, I wanted to be able to help people and make a difference in someone's life.

- Q: What would your advice be to any up coming EMT's/Paramedics?
- Melinda: Be able to separate the difference between your emergency and someone else's emergency so you can keep a clear head and do your best at what you have been trained to do. Have a hobby at home that does not involve EMS. Know that you are not going to be able to save all lives, sometimes our job is for those left behind.

- Q: So far what is your greatest memory of working as an EMT/ Paramedic?
- Melinda: The hardest part of my job is telling loved ones that their family member has passed away. I had just told a little boy who was maybe 8 years old that his Papa was dead. The boy cried and my heart was breaking, nothing we did made a difference for this man. We tried for almost a hour to get him back with no improvement. Before I knew it as the tears were rolling down my cheeks, the little boy gives me a huge hug and says to me 'thank you for doing everything you could to try to save my Papa'. He consoled me!!!! This sweet little boy is consoling me.... His loving hug will stay in my heart forever.

- Q: How has the Covid-19 pandemic effected you as a Paramedic?
- Melinda: We face terrible risks on a daily basis. We risk our lives going into peoples homes that have been shot or stabbed, we get blood on us, we get coughed on us, etc, we are enclosed in a van with people who have all kinds of airborn illnesses. The covid is just another thing we are exposed to. What changed was not having the support of our police and fire departments that we were accustomed to, so we had to depend on each other more than ever. I guess you could say it made us a tighter group. Maybe even made us better.

- Q: What is one message you would like for the people of Alamogordo/ Otero to know about their local EMS personnel?
- Melinda: Day or night, 7 days a week, we will respond. We may seem calm and some people may even think we are too calm, but we are focused and doing exactly what we train to do. We are here to keep you alive and get you to the hospital. You are not alone, just a phone call away. We love our small community and we will do our best to make your worst day better!

#EMSWeek #SafeAlamogordo #NewMexicoFirefighter

In honor of EMS week, We would like to say thank you to all our local EMT’s. Constantly putting themselves in harm's way...
05/20/2020

In honor of EMS week, We would like to say thank you to all our local EMT’s. Constantly putting themselves in harm's way to care for our community. You are appreciated!

#SafeAlamogordo #AlamoEMS

City of Alamogordo - Government
05/14/2020
City of Alamogordo - Government

City of Alamogordo - Government

REMINDER: The Alamogordo Fire Department has started it's annual hydrant testing/flushing on the north end of town and will be working their way south. Each fire district will take 2 to 4 weeks to complete. Click the link below for info from our Water & Sewer Dept. on what to expect and for a live map. https://ci.alamogordo.nm.us/609/Hydrant-Flushing

Firefighter Hunter LucasAge: 20Member of AFD since: 03/09/2020- Q: What inspired you to become a firefighter? - Lucas: W...
05/08/2020

Firefighter Hunter Lucas
Age: 20
Member of AFD since: 03/09/2020

- Q: What inspired you to become a firefighter?
- Lucas: What inspired me to be a firefighter was going to see my dad at his fire station when I was growing up! I have also always had a drive to help people in any way I can!

- Q: As a new firefighter, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
- Lucas: In 10 years I see myself still serving my community with more training in different areas of the fire service!

- Q: How has being a firefighter affected your life?
- Lucas: Being a firefighter has given me a sense of pride in my work and has also given me confidence in my ability to serve my community!

- Q: What would you like for the people of Alamogordo to know about their Fire Department?
- Lucas: The people of Alamogordo should know that their Fire Department strives to keep the city safe with extensive training and public education!

- Q: What do you like the most about Alamogordo?
- Lucas: I like that Alamogordo is a small town with a sense of unity!

#FirefighterFriday #AlamoFire #NewMexicoFirefighter #SafeAlamogordo

05/05/2020

Yesterday young Javier celebrated his 11th Birthday, and Engine-6 decided to stop by to wish him the best.

#AlamoFire #SafeAlamogordo

Thank you Kelli Martinez for your support! #InternationalFirefightersDay #AlamoFire #SafeAlamogordo
05/05/2020

Thank you Kelli Martinez for your support!

#InternationalFirefightersDay #AlamoFire #SafeAlamogordo

In honor of International Firefighters Day we would like to shed some light on all shifts who help protect our city.SHIF...
05/04/2020

In honor of International Firefighters Day we would like to shed some light on all shifts who help protect our city.

SHIFT-3: Lieutenant Tom Ontiveros (middle), Firefighters: Hunter Lucas, Christian Baca, Armando Gomez, Omar Echeverria, Estrella Martinez, and Marco Chairez.

#InternationalFirefightersDay #AlamoFire #SafeAlamogordo #NewMexicoFirefighter

In honor of International Firefighters Day we would like to shed some light on all shifts who help protect our city.SHIF...
05/04/2020

In honor of International Firefighters Day we would like to shed some light on all shifts who help protect our city.

SHIFT-2: Lieutenant Jason Fleming, Firefighters: Eric Alford, Andy Herrera, John Stewart, Michael Coyazo, Will Skaggs and Izaak Lujan.

Stay tuned for shift 3....

#InternationalFirefightersDay #AlamoFire #SafeAlamogordo #NewMexicoFirefighter

In honor of International Firefighters Day we would like to shed some light on all shifts who help protect our city.SHIF...
05/04/2020

In honor of International Firefighters Day we would like to shed some light on all shifts who help protect our city.

SHIFT-1: Lieutenant John Stroope, Firefighters: Jubel Ross, Jacob Rodriguez, Eric Martinez, Tyler Bass, Daniel Montoya and Tyler Harrison.

Stay tuned for shifts 2 and 3....

#InternationalFirefightersDay #AlamoFire #SafeAlamogordo #NewMexicoFirefighter

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05/04/2020

Post your chalk messages/artwork in the comments

It's time to #ChalkYourWalk again, but this time let's do it to show some love for our Firefighters!!! Monday is International Firefighters' Day let's show them how much we care for and appreciate them! Alamogordo Fire Department #SafeAlamogordo #AlamogordoTogether

Support Alamogordo’s bravest and all the firefighters around the world, this Monday evening (May 4th) by shining your po...
05/01/2020

Support Alamogordo’s bravest and all the firefighters around the world, this Monday evening (May 4th) by shining your porch lights red in recognition of International Firefighters Day.

#ShineYourLight4Firefighters #AlamoFire #SafeAlamogordo #NewMexicoFirefighter

Station 4 was left with a note."Thank you Otero 1st responders & essential workers. Stay safe"So to all of our brothers ...
04/26/2020

Station 4 was left with a note.

"Thank you Otero 1st responders & essential workers. Stay safe"

So to all of our brothers and sisters in uniform, our healthcare workers, essential working personnel, and our citizens of Alamogordo. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Lieutenant Jason FlemingAge:  34Teams: ARFF and Academy Lieutenant - Q: What inspired you to be a firefighter?- Fleming:...
04/24/2020

Lieutenant Jason Fleming
Age: 34
Teams: ARFF and Academy Lieutenant

- Q: What inspired you to be a firefighter?
- Fleming: In the beginning of 2000 my family's house burnt down. So after that I changed from my goal of being a chiropractor to being a firefighter. I started with Sacramento / Weed Volunteer Fire Department that same year as a junior member.

- Q: How was your transition from firefighter to lieutenant?
- Fleming: My transition from Firefighter to Lieutenant went very smoothly due to my old Lieutenants succession training.

- Q: Which was your most memorable fire call?
- Fleming: I have 2 memorable calls the first was on Sunrise Ave where AFD had a good save of an elderly woman from a structure fire. Second was Emmanuel's fire on 1st Street. A fire that my partner and I had a very close call on. We were interior attack and when we evacuated to go Defensive, about 3 to 4 seconds after we exited the roof collapsed, of course we didn't know this until after the fire from a video taken from across 1st Street.

- Q: What is one thing you would like for people to know about their local fire department?
- Fleming: I would like the people of Alamogordo to know that even though we are a very limited on manpower, that AFD trains very hard and we will push ourselves to accomplish the job, doing whatever can be done to protect the people and their property.

- Q: What would your advice be to any upcoming firefighters?
- Fleming: My advice to anyone about becoming a Firefighter is to go for it. If it is their passion to never give up and to strive to work and train hard. This career is one that you never stop learning in.

#FirefighterFriday #AlamoFire #NewMexicoFirefighter

Our hearts and thoughts are with the family, friends and coworkers of El Paso Firefighter Eduardo Ramirez who died last ...
04/22/2020

Our hearts and thoughts are with the family, friends and coworkers of El Paso Firefighter Eduardo Ramirez who died last night while on shift. Our deepest condolences to you all. We mourn with you.

04/20/2020
City of Alamogordo - Government

The #2020census impacts public safety! Have you responded to the census? It only takes a few minutes, go to www.2020census.gov today! #shapeyourfuture #icountnm #OteroCountyCounts #SafeAlamogordo

The #2020census impacts public safety! Have you responded to the census? It only takes a few minutes, go to www.2020census.gov today! #shapeyourfuture #icountnm #OteroCountyCounts #SafeAlamogordo

Firefighter Jacob RodriguezAge: 26Member of AFD since: 2015Teams: ARFF, Hazmat - Q: What inspired you to be a Firefighte...
04/10/2020

Firefighter Jacob Rodriguez
Age: 26
Member of AFD since: 2015
Teams: ARFF, Hazmat

- Q: What inspired you to be a Firefighter?
- Rodriguez: I’ve always had a passion for helping people. And my aunt was a Fire Medic for El Paso Fire, which is what really guided me in the direction of fire.

- Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic effected you as a firefighter?
- Rodriguez: Scene safety has always been a priority in our field of work, and with the pandemic it’s been extra challenging keeping not only ourselves safe, but our co workers, citizens, and our family we go home to.

- Q: What is the most/least appealing aspect of being a firefighter?
- Rodriguez: I would say the most appealing would be public education. Seeing the kids smile and just feeling the excitement and joy of you showing them the fire truck and the gear. And the least appealing would be the constant cleaning, washing, detailing, and upkeep of the stations and apparatuses. A lot goes into it, but the end result is also appealing. So it’s a win win situation.

- Q: Why is teamwork so important in the fire service?
- Rodriguez: Everything we do in the fire service is as a team or at least in 2s. Your partner, or your company is your life line. You go into a fire, you have someone by your side. We eat together, argue together, cry together, and laugh together. Peer support and team work is huge in everything we do.

- Q: What would your advice be to any upcoming firefighters?
- Rodriguez: no matter how many times you get knocked down, get back up. It isn’t an easy profession. But always listen and pay attention. You can never stop learning, and you will never know it all.

#FirefighterFriday #AlamoFire #NewMexicoFirefighter

Complete the statement in the comments "I am social distancing for: __________"#SafeAlamogordo #SlowTheSpread
04/03/2020

Complete the statement in the comments
"I am social distancing for: __________"
#SafeAlamogordo #SlowTheSpread

As we all continue to navigate these difficult times it is critical that we continue to practice Social Distancing (keeping a distance of 6 feet from others) when we leave our homes. COMPLETE THE STATEMENT, "I Am Social Distancing For: __________" in the Comments.

Keep the following in mind: Please limit outings to essential shopping trips, doctors appointments and checking up on elderly/those in need. Avoid shaking hands, touching your face, and wash your hands regularly for a min of 20sec each time. We have to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help to ensure that our essential works stay well so that they can be there for us. You can download and print your own "I Am Social Distancing For:" sign on our website at https://ci.alamogordo.nm.us/DocumentCenter/View/6049/Social-Distancing #SafeAlamogordo #SlowTheSpread

On behalf of everyone from the Alamogordo Fire Department, we would like to thank Susan Narveson, Barbara Oquist and Ter...
04/01/2020

On behalf of everyone from the Alamogordo Fire Department, we would like to thank Susan Narveson, Barbara Oquist and Teresa Franco who are with the Prayer Square Group at Christ Community Church.
They stayed awake all night to make 50 protective masks for us. We appreciate your support ladies, and thank you for helping us stay safe.

#AlamoFire #NewMexicoFirefighter

Firefighter Eric AlfordAge: 24Member of AFD since: 07/10/2017- Q: What inspired you to be a Firefighter?- Alford: I was ...
03/27/2020

Firefighter Eric Alford
Age: 24
Member of AFD since: 07/10/2017

- Q: What inspired you to be a Firefighter?
- Alford: I was always fascinated by fire trucks and firefighters as a kid and knew that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up. When I turned 17, I began to take the steps necessary to become a firefighter.

- Q: How does working a 24 hour shift affect your family life?
- Alford: Being away from my wife and kids for a 24 shift is never easy and sometimes I miss out on important things such as birthdays or holidays with my family. Thankfully, my wife is able to teach our kids the importance of my job and why I need to be away for long shifts.

- Q: How is it living at the fire house?
- Alford: It’s like living with a small family. We all take care of each other here. It’s like having a second home.

- Q: What would your advice be to any up coming firefighters?
- Alford: Be ready for an adventure! Every day we go to work is always a surprise.

- Q: What are the pros and cons of being a firefighter?
- Alford: There are several pros to the job, but I think the best is being able to serve the community in providing unique services that not everyone is able to do.
- The cons of the job is the stress that comes with it. We deal with situations that can be very stressful both mentally and physically.

#FireFighterFriday #AlamoFire #NewMexicoFirefighter

Albuquerque Area Firefighters IAFF Local 244
03/21/2020

Albuquerque Area Firefighters IAFF Local 244

We would like to thank Pastor Anthony Torres and Mountain View Church for hosting the Burgers for Badges event today. Th...
03/14/2020

We would like to thank Pastor Anthony Torres and Mountain View Church for hosting the Burgers for Badges event today. Thank you for all your support, we greatly appreciate what you all do for us.

#AlamoFire

Firefighter Tyler HarrisonDOB: 08/06/1997Been with AFD since: 07/29/2019- Q: What inspired you to become a firefighter?-...
03/13/2020

Firefighter Tyler Harrison
DOB: 08/06/1997
Been with AFD since: 07/29/2019

- Q: What inspired you to become a firefighter?
- Harrison: I became inspired to be a firefighter due to the audacious nature of the job and having the opportunity to serve as a leader in the community.

- Q: What is the most exciting/stressful thing about being a firefighter?
- Harrison: The most exciting thing about being a firefighter is constantly learning and challenging yourself both physically and mentally alongside your brothers; although at times it can jeopardize your health and personal life.

- Q: How did you get started with the fire service?
- Harrison: I began to pursue a career in firefighting immediately after I graduated high school. I received my Associates degree in fire science along with many national accredited certifications. I volunteered for a year before getting hired at AFD as a career firefighter.

- Q: How has being a firefighter affected your life?
- Harrison: Being a firefighter has given me more confidence in myself and my abilities. It also has made me grateful for the support I have at home and all the other blessings I’m fortunate to have.

- Q: What is one thing you would like for people to know about their local fire department?
- Harrison: That we are people too and even though we respond to calls and mitigate chaos, we have a lot of pressure on us and we do our absolute best to do our jobs even with limited recourses and personnel.

#FireFighterFriday #AlamoFire #NewMexicoFireFighter

City of Alamogordo - Government
03/11/2020

City of Alamogordo - Government

Please read the following PSA related to upcoming City events, which will continue as planned, and the health precautions we are taking. Thank you!

101 Gold
03/11/2020
101 Gold

101 Gold

"The Army is taking precautionary measures to protect the health of the force and the march’s participants..."

03/10/2020
International Association of Fire Fighters

Please check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Change out batteries and replace the detector itself as needed.
Check the manufactured date, detectors should be replaced every 5 years.
Stay safe Alamogordo!

When changing your clocks for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, March 8 - remember to check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. #IAFFSafetyTips

03/10/2020

“Be ready, be prepared, be alert and then everybody around you will notice and they will want to share their skills with you even more. You’re showing that you’re enthusiastic, you care and that you’re dedicated. It’s not always easy, but if you’ve got a passion and a desire to do something then your natural energy will get you through.”
- William Katty

#AlamoFire #NewMexicoFirefighter

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