Bernalillo County Fire Department

Bernalillo County Fire Department Bernalillo County Fire & Rescue was established on Sept. 15, 1958, and has grown from a single station department to a fully-paid, 12-district organization that staffs five to six paid personnel per station, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

Operating as usual

This morning BCFD East Battalion Crews responded to a structure fire in the East Mountains near Frost Rd & Camino Alto. ...
11/23/2020

This morning BCFD East Battalion Crews responded to a structure fire in the East Mountains near Frost Rd & Camino Alto. When crews arrived on scene they found a working fire in the attic space of the structure. Crews initiated a fast attack and established water supply with responding Tenders. First arriving crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and kept it from spreading throughout the entire house. The fire was isolated to the fire place and areas of the attic. The quick thinking, strategies, and tactics implemented by the Crews on this incident saved the property. Great job to C-Shift East Battalion Crews!

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This morning BCFD C-Shift South Battalion Crews responded to a structure fire in the South Valley near the area of Saund...
11/23/2020

This morning BCFD C-Shift South Battalion Crews responded to a structure fire in the South Valley near the area of Saunders & La Vega. Crews quickly established water supply and initiated a fast attack. There was heavy fire damage to the rear porch. Crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to nearby exposures. No injuries occurred on this fire and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Great Job South Battalion!!!

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11/22/2020
Movember

BCFD was honored to assist Robert Arrieta along with Skulls For Hope, Next Rung , and Movember in bringing awareness to mental health issues that affect first responders. BCFD wants to remind all First Responders you are not alone! Bernalillo County NM Albuquerque Area Firefighters IAFF Local 244 New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association

“I have realized that it's okay to not be okay. And that I'm not alone in this journey." - Mo Bro Robert Arrieta

3 out of 4 suicides are men. Movember funds critical mental health projects that prevent men from reaching crisis point. Your donation could help save a father, a brother, a son, a friend, a partner, a man’s life. Men’s health is in crisis. Donate now at movember.com

If you or someone you know is in crisis, or needs emotional support we urge you to head to movember.com/getsupport for crisis support options. To speak with someone immediately, contact your local 24-hour support service.

Today Truck 38 was dispatched to a possible outside fire on the far south end of 2nd Street near the county line. While ...
11/19/2020

Today Truck 38 was dispatched to a possible outside fire on the far south end of 2nd Street near the county line. While enroute the crew of Truck 38 could see a large plume of smoke rising from the reported area and requested additional resources be dispatched. Upon arrival, Truck 38 encountered an approx 1 acre grass fire with 4 foot flame lengths making a run to the north. The fire front was being pushed by 9mph, stead winds. Truck 38 engaged the fire and assigned the additional units tasks as they arrived. Soon after Battalion 8 arrived and took command of the scene. Together, Truck 38, Engine 54, Tender 33, and Brush 38 contained then extinguished the fire. No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported. DFM was on scene and conducted an investigation into the cause of the fire.

11/17/2020
22 Push-Up Challenge

BCFD accepts the 22-Push Up Challenge from Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Services Director Margarita Chavez-Sanchez.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is not something to be ashamed of. It is a disorder similar to disease if gone untreated will only get worse with time. It requires constant support and understanding from friends and family, because often times those battling PTSD are trying to understand it themselves. To all of you who served in our military thank you for your service, thank you for our freedom.

BCFD challenges Bernalillo County Animal Care & Parks Rec to the 22-Push Up Challenge.

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We understand that Covid-19 has changed a lot of the fundamental ways that we celebrate a special occasion. Today Bernal...
11/15/2020

We understand that Covid-19 has changed a lot of the fundamental ways that we celebrate a special occasion. Today Bernalillo County Fire Rescue was honored to be invited to participate in a parade to celebrate the birthday of one of our young residents. The crew of Engine 34 were excited to take part with lots of lights and sirens. From all of us here at BCFD, Happy Eleventh Birthday Abel!

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11/13/2020

Check out this video Introducing the T38 aerial suppression capabilities! BCFD is working quickly to get this new apparatus outfitted and out into the field. Share this video and stay connected to see our upcoming tour of the interior, equipped compartments, firefighters climbing the 105’ ladder, and more!

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Today EMT-I/Firefighter Rene Sanchez became BCFD's newest official Paramedic/Firefighter. Rene had his new badge pinned ...
11/13/2020

Today EMT-I/Firefighter Rene Sanchez became BCFD's newest official Paramedic/Firefighter. Rene had his new badge pinned to his uniform by BCFD Chiefs Perez and Lardy. We are so proud of each of our new Paramedics and all of the work they've put in to not only advancing their education, but advancing the capabilities of the department. Thank you Rene, and good luck in your new position!

Bernalillo County Fire Department's cover photo
11/12/2020

Bernalillo County Fire Department's cover photo

A year ago BCFD worked with UNMH School of Medicine to send eight firefighters through an accelerated 10-month Paramedic...
11/11/2020

A year ago BCFD worked with UNMH School of Medicine to send eight firefighters through an accelerated 10-month Paramedic Program. Becoming a paramedic requires incredible dedication and a studious mindset to get through such a rigorous program.

Today, one of these amazing firefighters officially received their Paramedic badge in a small ceremony performed by Chief Perez and his executive staff at his assigned station. Congratulations to Paramedic Julian Tovar! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication serving the residents of Bernalillo County.

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BCFD wants to thank all Veterans for serving and protecting our great nation. We also want to recognize the Veterans in ...
11/11/2020

BCFD wants to thank all Veterans for serving and protecting our great nation. We also want to recognize the Veterans in our department. Commander Steve Lopez, Captain Matthew Caward, Captain Jesnick Cuoco, Lieutenant Guy Hurtado, Lieutenant Malachi Silva, Engineer Jason Dubois, Engineer Jeremiah Jensen-Fisher, Engineer Daniel Lopez, Engineer John Willgohs, Paramedic Joseph Allred, Paramedic Brannon Porch, Paramedic Joses Waller, Firefighter Alfredo Apodaca, Firefighter Vance Ervin, Firefighter Steven Proctor, Firefighter Calvin Romero, Firefighter Ted Sanchez, Firefighter Benny Torres, Firefighter James Moreno, Firefighter Luis Padilla,. Thank you for your service and your continued dedication in serving the citizens of Bernalillo County.
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This afternoon C-Shift North Battalion units responded to a structure fire off of Alameda Rd & North Guadalupe Trl. When...
11/11/2020

This afternoon C-Shift North Battalion units responded to a structure fire off of Alameda Rd & North Guadalupe Trl. When units arrived they found a working fire on a detached garage on the property. Crews initiated fast attack and were able to quickly establish water supply and kept the fire from spreading to exposures. The fast actions of first arriving crews saved the house next to the fire. Great job to all North Battalion crews that worked this incident.

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Bernalillo County Fire Department's cover photo
11/11/2020

Bernalillo County Fire Department's cover photo

Bernalillo County Fire Department
11/11/2020

Bernalillo County Fire Department

A year ago BCFD worked with UNMH School of Medicine to send eight firefighters through an accelerated 10-month Paramedic...
11/10/2020

A year ago BCFD worked with UNMH School of Medicine to send eight firefighters through an accelerated 10-month Paramedic Program. Becoming a paramedic requires incredible dedication and a studious mindset to get through such a rigorous program.

Today, two of these amazing firefighters officially received their Paramedic badge in a small ceremony performed by Chief Perez and his executive staff at their assigned stations. Congratulations to Paramedic John Nash & Bryan Boris! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication serving the residents of Bernalillo County.

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A year ago Bernalillo County Fire Rescue worked with UNMH School of Medicine to send eight firefighters through an accel...
11/10/2020

A year ago Bernalillo County Fire Rescue worked with UNMH School of Medicine to send eight firefighters through an accelerated 10-month Paramedic Program. Becoming a paramedic requires incredible dedication and a studious mindset to get through such a rigorous program. We are excited to report that all eight of our firefighters have made it through and have begun to work as paramedics in the field.

Today, one of these amazing firefighters officially received their Paramedic badge in a small ceremony performed by Chief Perez and his executive staff. Congratulations Paramedic Ogaz! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication serving the residents of Bernalillo County.

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BCFD's newest addition to our fleet has arrived in NM! It is currently in process of final adjustments and equipment out...
11/07/2020

BCFD's newest addition to our fleet has arrived in NM! It is currently in process of final adjustments and equipment outfitting. The public can look forward to the big reveal of new Truck 38 when it is pushed into its new home and placed in service. The department is extremely proud of this apparatus and will use it to provide even better service to the people of Bernalillo County. Stay connected with us on Facebook and our social media accounts (Instagram: @bcfirerescue and Twitter: @BerncoFire) for lots of videos and photos touring the new truck, inside and out, in the coming weeks. We might even get lucky enough to ride along!

***Gas Leak Update***Today, Bernalillo County Fire Rescue crews in the North Region responded to a large outside gas lea...
11/04/2020

***Gas Leak Update***

Today, Bernalillo County Fire Rescue crews in the North Region responded to a large outside gas leak located around the 8700 Block of 2nd St. New Mexico Gas Company was already on scene and briefed first arriving BCFD firefighters about an unidentified leak in the area. Fire Crews immediately staged their Engines between Paseo del Norte and Ortega Rd helping to limit access to the area. Firefighters also deploy hose lines to protect residents and New Mexico Gas Company workers in case a fire broke out. Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office Deputies arrived and began to control and direct traffic.

Readings from NM Gas worker’s meters showed levels that were too dangerous for residents to remain in the area. BCFD’s North Commander then ordered residents to shelter in place and prepare for an evacuation. The Office of Emergency Management and additional BCFD personnel provided transport for the residents who were unable to leave the area on their own.

Once NM Gas located the leak, they had discovered that a gas line and an adjacent sewer pipe had been pierced by some contractors who were working in the area. NM Gas brought in experts to patch the leak and Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority assisted with helping to vent the sewer system throughout the area.

This emergency was limited in scope due to the quick reaction of all the entities involved. We are very proud of our firefighters who stood their ground and were ready to provide suppression tactics at a moment’s notice. We are also grateful to all the different agencies that responded quickly and brought this emergency to a close.

Remember Bernalillo County NM, Stay Safe!

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Bernalillo County Fire and Rescue Engine 30 & 31 crews are on scene with New Mexico Gas Company as they investigate a la...
11/04/2020

Bernalillo County Fire and Rescue Engine 30 & 31 crews are on scene with New Mexico Gas Company as they investigate a large gas leak along 2nd St, North of Paseo del Norte.

A shelter in place has been order for residents along 2nd St. between Paseo Del Norte and Ortega Rd. Please remain in your homes while crews continue to work in the area.

2nd St. is currently shut down in both directions. Please find an alternative route as traffic is currently being diverted.

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11/03/2020

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South Battalion C-Shift responded to a residential structure fire in the area of Blake and Wendell. Units could see a co...
11/01/2020

South Battalion C-Shift responded to a residential structure fire in the area of Blake and Wendell. Units could see a column of smoke when they were pulling out of Station 33, the closest station to the incident. Engine 33 arrived on scene within 3 minutes of dispatch to find a single residential structure with smoke and fire coming from the rear of the home. Battalion 8 arrived and took command of the incident. All human occupants were out of the house, but the homeowner reported that 2 dogs were still unaccounted for.
Crews deployed hose lines and performed an offensive attack with quick knockdown of a large body of fire. High heat and heavy smoke remained in the structure indicating, among other things, that the fire could be continuing to spread into the walls and ceiling. The second arriving engine established a water supply from a nearby hydrant and was positioned by Battalion 8 in a manner to provide suppression support from their "deck gun" water discharge, should it be needed. During these activities, more firefighting units had arrived and were given tasks to complete. One of the missing dogs was found and removed safely, but a Chihuahua remained unaccounted for.
Crews had to perform extensive overhaul, exposing and cooling hotspots on the walls and ceiling. The fire had been stopped and thanks to quick, efficient work, much of the home remained standing unburnt, but with smoke damage.
With the fire extinguished, most of the suppression and rescue units cleared the scene to respond to other calls for service. BCFD Deputy Fire Marshalls arrived and began to conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire. During their investigation, the missing Chihuahua felt safe enough to crawl out of its hiding place in the unburnt part of the home and walk up to Battalion 8. No injuries reported. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the homeowner through this tragic incident. Thank you to Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office for traffic control and Albuquerque Ambulance for medical standby.

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10/30/2020
Cold Weather Safety Tips

As the recent snowfall has reminded us that the colder weather months are right around the corner. We have put together a few cold weather preperation tips on how to reduce the chances of fire starting in your home - while still keeping you and your family warm this winter season.

Remember Bernalillo County, Stay Safe!

10/29/2020

- First Responder Day -
While we have appointed this day to remind everyone to take notice of all the incredibly selfless work that goes into being a first responder. Our appreciation should transcend well beyond the confines of this day of commemoration. Be sure to say "thank you" anytime you interact with a Sheriff’s Deputy, Emergency Dispatch, Firefighter, EMS, OEM or any person who is part of a first response team. For they endeavor to tirelessly pursue efforts to keep us safe throughout the year..

Thank you, first responders!

10/28/2020
East Mountain Shed Fire - Paige Court

Today Bernalillo County Fire Rescue crews extinguished a large fire that had over taken a large shed structure out in the East Mountains in the Richland Meadows neighborhood. Firefighter Janessa breaks down another fire scene while showing amazing drone shots, including infrared video taken from the scene.

Remember Bernalillo County, Stay Safe!

#StaySafeBernCo #ShedFire #EastMountains

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10/27/2020
4th Street Structure Fire

Engine 35, Rescue 31, Rescue 36, Engine 36, Battalion 6 and 7, and an Albuquerque Fire Rescue alarm balance are on scene of a structure fire in the North Valley, on 4th Street, North of Ortega. Crews encountered Defensive fire conditions and attacked the fire from the exterior. Crews are ventilating the structure and securing the electrical and gas utilities. 2 hand lines have been deployed and used for fire control and a water supply was secured from a hydrant across the street.

Crews will remain on scene until the fire is extinguished. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Thank you BCSO for providing scene safety and traffic control.

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**warning this one's long** I've thought about life's trials, tribulations and blessings today. I've been struck with the irony of tribulations, strife, and the blessings they bestow upon us. I can't help but notice how intertwined they are. Last night at 11:46 p.m. I received a call from my neighbor Robert. It was an odd hour, and as we all know those late night calls never are a good thing. This one certainly didn't appear to be. Roberts very words were, "you have a fire, your barn is on fire". I am army trained. I was trained how to react in situations. I managed to remain calm and got completely dressed, I managed to grab what I deemed would be essential at the time . When I stepped out the door and began my journey to the barn I could see that this was a large and potentially dangerous fire. The flames were in the crowns of the trees, and appeared to be spreading on the ground. Black thick smoke, large whipping orange flames licking the trees, were reaching for the sky. I was stunned by the power of it. I was blessed with two gentlemen that are wildland firefighters, that just happened to be camping here. They had just come back from working the California wildfires. They immediately jumped into action. We were fighting a large hay fire with a water hose, shovel, and a flashlight. I was asking myself why I needed the flashlight as the flames were illuminating the night sky. Nonetheless, I deemed it essential equipment when I left the house. Off in the distance I could hear a very faint siren echoing in the canyon. In a very short amount of time I saw flashing red lights ascending my road. Somehow they didn't see the flames and billowing smoke on the darkness. They passed the driveway. I ran down to the end of the driveway and managed to flag the pumper truck in with that high-powered flashlight. (I did question the purchase of it when I saw it at Sam's club, but it was pretty cool so I got it) it was the perfect tool for the time. Yet another blessing. It was 25° last night. Which is a cold night on the mountain. Oh what a blessing that was. It was humid and cold. That weather held the flames down, and helped prevent the flames from jumping to the crowns of the other trees. The weatherman said it was going to be a really cold night as if it was a bad thing. I know it was a blessing. I do love firefighters. Those boys are hot. (I applied lipstick, just in case you guys were wondering, while I was standing out there with them. One of the essential items I keep in my carhartts) They applied lots and lots of water, then lots and lots more water with foam. After the thermal imaging showed tremendous amount of heat still in the hay and the trees, they applied additional water and foam. More thermal imaging was done. (Technology that we are so lucky to have. Our tax dollars used for community protection is a blessing we give each other). Everyone finally decided it was hopefully out. Not exactly a warm fuzzy, but they said they'd come back should I need them. I've been exhausted all day I never slept last night. I kept grabbing that high-powered flashlight and checking for hotspots and smoke. I've been tired and really needed to have a good hard cry all day long. But what good would a break down do? So instead I've chosen to think about my many blessings. There was no loss of life, no injuries were sustained. Financially it will be costly. I was blessed with fire compatible weather. There was no wind, unlike the 60 mph winds of Saturday night. It was cold and humid. I was blessed because I didn't have to do this all by myself. I am blessed beyond measure. Bernalillo County Fire Department gave me the gift of having an excuse to wear lipstick in front of firemen. The biggest blessing of all is that I was home. So I guess in the way covid-19 has been a blessing too. My horses didn't seem any worse for wear. Although they were all hunkered down in a far corner of the pasture. For that I am grateful. Do angels look out for us? Undoubtedly yes.
Thank you for your service, we appreciate firefighters.
Great job BCFD!
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Thank you to all the Fire Fighters across America. This video is to honor each of you. Please share this in appreciation for all the others. https://www.facebook.com/JohnathanLenMusic/videos/223646775537171
Huge fire on the NW corner of Tennyson/Tramway Lane/Modesto. Flames were at least 25' high in several areas on the property, with cinders blowing all over. I heard what sounded like about 8 fireworks pops about 10-15 minutes before I heard the sirens. Hosed down my trees, just in case. Fire Dept did a great job in short order. Am guessing that the house on that corner is a total loss. Got ready to evacuate. (You ARE all ready to do that, right, everyone?) I hope the people who were setting off the fireworks are caught. Those idiots have no idea how they scared us neighbors, as there is wind out there tonight.
Any info on the wildland fire in/near Chilili???
6:07 PM Today is 7/1/20, just after 6pm. What are the updated locations for fireworks this year? I live near the Manzano Mesa Park and heard they've moved those fireworks to the Expo location. Is this true?
Can any of my firefighter family folks tell me what a spouse should do with her fallen one's bunker gear? I can't keep very many things our home went into foreclosure in March and everything has to go :( I will always carry his badge, but the gear is very used - It's older than 10yrs so can't be used at volunteer FD. He was a Lt Olympia and Shelton, WA FD's. He was 65 and went down with a PE from a clot in his bad leg. Still very healthy man, but stubborn to go to the Dr. Take care yourselves... and each other 🔥
Thank you SO much station 46 in Sandia Park for doing the birthday parade for my son today!! He was so excited when you guys came down the street! It meant a lot to us 🥰
The Serenity Mesa skeleton crew and residents appreciated your surprise lunch delivery today! We appreciate you!!!