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

03/23/2021
Women's History Month: BCFD Member Highlight

BCFD and County Manager - Julie Morgas Baca are honored to celebrate the women who have dedicated their lives and time away from family to serve their community. As we are in the middle of celebrating Women’s History Month, we are proudly highlighting some of these very women who comprise the ranks of Bernalillo County Fire Rescue tonight and throughout March.

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#InternationalWomensDay #WomensHistoryMonth

Today, BCFD was on site for the groundbreaking ceremony for The Route 66 Visitor Center. This project has been 29 years ...
03/22/2021

Today, BCFD was on site for the groundbreaking ceremony for The Route 66 Visitor Center. This project has been 29 years in the making - involving community leaders and the hard-working people and officials of both Bernalillo County NM and the City of Albuquerque.

BCFD also had their latest and greatest Ladder 38 truck on full display for the public to see. Ladder 38 will deploy within the next few weeks. This unit has all of the newest technology which, will help keep firefighters and the community safe.

A BCFD drone pilot was also on-site to show the public one of their drones often used in Search and Rescue and Fire Suppression Operations. This tool has powerful cameras and was also used to help film the groundbreaking ceremony broadcasted earlier this morning.

Construction of the Route 66 Visitor Center will begin first thing tomorrow. BCFD was very honored to take part in such a momentous occasion.

Remember Bernalillo County, Stay Safe!
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This week we are celebrating another batch of promotions! We are so proud of the accomplishments of these individuals an...
03/19/2021

This week we are celebrating another batch of promotions! We are so proud of the accomplishments of these individuals and their continued efforts to provide high quality service to Bernalillo County in all the roles they've served in.
The promotional process is a difficult, highly competitive, multi-month process that requires study, testing, and mastery of concepts and skills. We thank each of these individuals for their dedication to the process and are excited for them as they grow with our department!

Congratulations to:

Captain Blauwkamp
Lieutenant Rowe
Engineer Lujan
Engineer Sanchez
Paramedic Castelo

BCFD and AFR are on scene of a large RV fire in the south valley near foothill and bridge. Fire is under control at this...
03/19/2021

BCFD and AFR are on scene of a large RV fire in the south valley near foothill and bridge. Fire is under control at this time and the damage was contained to the vehicle. Great team work by both agencies!

Thanks to BCECC and AFR Alarm Room for handling radio communications across agencies!

Thanks to BCSO for traffic control and scene safety.

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Chief Perez’s daughter generously contributed some of her time to the department to help sort soon to be delivered new w...
03/17/2021

Chief Perez’s daughter generously contributed some of her time to the department to help sort soon to be delivered new work shirts for sworn personnel. Efforts like these keep our members looking their best while working hard to serve the community!

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03/16/2021

Engine 30 and Rescue 30 are on scene of a ruptured 3” gas line that was accidentally hit during digging. NM Gas is also on scene and working to fix the leak while BCFD stands by for fire protection.

You can hear the gas blowing in the audio of the attached video.

03/16/2021
Women's History Month: BCFD Member Highlight

BCFD and County Manager - Julie Morgas Baca are honored to celebrate the women who have dedicated their lives and time away from family to serve their community. As we are in the middle of celebrating Women’s History Month, we are proudly highlighting some of these very women who comprise the ranks of Bernalillo County Fire Rescue tonight and throughout March.

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#InternationalWomensDay #WomensHistoryMonth

Last Night – East Region Fire Crews were called out to residential structure fire near Old Rd and the NM 333 Frontage Rd...
03/15/2021

Last Night – East Region Fire Crews were called out to residential structure fire near Old Rd and the NM 333 Frontage Rd. Rescue 40 was the first to arrive on the scene and discovered a working fire inside the home with smoke coming out of the eves of the structure. Engine 40 arrived soon after, and with that information, dropped a supply line down the long road for the additionally arriving crews to use with the portable water tanks that would be set up.

As with any call that takes place in mountainous terrain. Special consideration and much forethought have to go in to guarantee that a constant water source is available. These tactics have served the East Region Crews very well in the past and our firefighters train on these operations to ensure proficiency.

With all of the right parts and firefighters in place, the fire was quickly put out and crews ensured there were no additional hazards.

While the fire is still under investigation - this is a reminder that we are not finished with the colder months. Please ensure that all of your home’s heating elements are in good working order
.
Remember Bernalillo County NM, Be Safe!

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BCFD T36, and AFR Engine 15 and Squad 2 are on scene at a hotel off I25 with an individual who is stuck in an elevator. ...
03/13/2021

BCFD T36, and AFR Engine 15 and Squad 2 are on scene at a hotel off I25 with an individual who is stuck in an elevator. Units are working to get the door open to rescue the individual.

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03/11/2021

BCFD south battalion is on scene of a structure fire in the south valley near Isleta and Ray Ct. Arriving units found a working fire on the back side of a single story home. Lines were deployed and the fire was extinguished without any injuries to homeowners, pets, or firefighters. Overhaul and investigation activities are ongoing.

Early this morning – South Region Crews were called out to a two-story structure fire located around the 1800 block of G...
03/09/2021

Early this morning – South Region Crews were called out to a two-story structure fire located around the 1800 block of Gonzales Rd SW. Engine 32 and Albuquerque Fire Rescue’s Engine 17 were the first trucks to arrive on scene and found an unattached garage with a second story residential structure full engulfed in the back of the residence. Firefighters also encountered an injured individual who explained that he was forced to jump out from the second story window due to the encroaching blaze. With BCFD Rescues also on scene, the injured person was assessed and then taken to the hospital for further treatment.

As the fire raged on, fire crews quickly secured a water source and deployed multiple lines to combat the blaze. A high-flow capacity ground monitor was deployed and along with the additional hand lines - firefighters entered into a defensive strategy in order to protect the surrounding exposures. Firefighters had also discovered a connected propane tank that was at risk of rupturing due to its close proximity and the intensity of the fire.

Firefighters were able to knock out the fire and prevent any additional assets from becoming fully involved. This is a great lesson for those who live in multi-story residents. Ensure that you have multiple escape routes planned to exit your home in the event of a fire or any other emergency.

Remember Bernalillo County NM, Stay Safe!

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#staySafeBernCo #BCFD #AmazingWork

03/09/2021
Women's History Month: BCFD Member Highlight

BCFD and County Manager - Julie Morgas Baca are honored to celebrate the women who have dedicated their lives and time away from family to serve their community. As we are in the middle of celebrating Women’s History Month, we are proudly highlighting some of these very women who comprise the ranks of Bernalillo County Fire Rescue tonight and throughout March.

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#InternationalWomensDay #WomensHistoryMonth

03/06/2021

Engine 31 and Tender 31 are on scene in the north valley near 4th and Golden Meadow. A dead tree was found to be burning in a residents front yard. Units are working to gain access to the burning interior to extinguish.

Please be mindful of potential fire fuels on your property as the weather starts to warm.

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In Acknowledgment of Woman’s History Month, Bernalillo County Fire and Rescue would like to take a moment to recognize s...
03/05/2021

In Acknowledgment of Woman’s History Month, Bernalillo County Fire and Rescue would like to take a moment to recognize some young women that have made history themselves. These young women from the Albuquerque Area are a part of the Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts. “Since 1912, the Eagle Scout rank has represented a milestone of accomplishment—perhaps without equal—that is recognized across the country and even the world.” (BSA). These young women have paved the way for others to embark on a journey that will serve not only themselves but their community for the rest of their lives. So on behalf of Bernalillo County Fire and Rescue, congratulations, we are proud of you!

Kalyee, Piper, Hanah, Ainsley, Sierra, Kaitlynn, Sophia

Great Southwest Council, BSA

#BeTheChange #EagleScouts #FemaleEagleScouts

Around 5:45 PM yesterday, as fire crews were driving through District 33. A plume of heavy smoke was noted off in the di...
03/04/2021

Around 5:45 PM yesterday, as fire crews were driving through District 33. A plume of heavy smoke was noted off in the distance. With no hesitation, the firefighters made their way towards the hazard to investigate the situation. With confirmation from Bernalillo County Emergency Communications Department, a reported semi-truck on fire near the 3800 block of Ervien Ln SE.

Once on scene, firefighters noted that the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. Identifying that there were there were objects surrounding the fire that was also at risk of catching fire. Hose lines were deployed and the fires reign of terror was brought to an end. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Remember Bernalillo County NM, Stay Safe!

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We are excited to share with you an incredible achievement made by two members of Bernalillo County Fire. Today Carlos C...
03/04/2021

We are excited to share with you an incredible achievement made by two members of Bernalillo County Fire. Today Carlos Castro and Jason Dubois both received their Lieutenant Badge and was pinned by Fire Chief Perez and Deputy Chief Rose. This momentous occasion was celebrated with their crews and Battalion Chief Gallegos.

We are all proud and honored of their accomplishments and wish them well in their new roles as Lieutenants with Bernalillo County Fire!

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Public Notice:Bernalillo County Fire Rescue will be conducting their annual Pack-Test for all of their active duty firef...
03/03/2021

Public Notice:

Bernalillo County Fire Rescue will be conducting their annual Pack-Test for all of their active duty firefighters along the Paseo Bosque Trail between Montano Rd. and Paseo del Norte Blvd on the following dates and times:

March 8th – 11th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
March 24th & March 25th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

We strive to keep our impact to those who use this trail to a minimum and are honored to be able to utilize this path. This rigorous testing is necessary to recertify our crews for wildland firefighting.

Remember Bernalillo County NM, Stay Safe!

Tonight, Engine 33 was called out to a vehicle fire located in a parking lot near I-40 and Route 66 Casino. The crew arr...
03/03/2021

Tonight, Engine 33 was called out to a vehicle fire located in a parking lot near I-40 and Route 66 Casino. The crew arrived on scene to find a fully involved vehicle and immediately sprang into action. With decisive tact, the fire was quickly dispatched with haste.

Fortunately, no one was injured and no surrounding structures or vegetation were at risk due to the quick actions of the firefighters on Engine 33.

Remember Bernalillo County NM, Stay Safe!

#firefighters #BCFD

Today we are celebrating five of our members being promoted into new roles within our department. Two Lieutenants were p...
03/02/2021

Today we are celebrating five of our members being promoted into new roles within our department. Two Lieutenants were promoted to Captain: Captain Coriz, and Captain Johnson. One firefighter was promoted to Engineer: Engineer Torres. And two more firefighters were reclassified as Paramedics: Paramedic Fernandez and Paramedic Martinez.

Chiefs Perez, Lardy, Rose, Valenzuela, and Clark were all on hand to perform the ceremony and offer their congratulations to these members.

Thank you gentlemen for your hard work and commitment to making this department even better in the future. Congratulations!

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Today is day one of BCFD Academy class 2021-1. 23 individuals were selected from a pool of over 80 applicants to be seat...
03/01/2021

Today is day one of BCFD Academy class 2021-1. 23 individuals were selected from a pool of over 80 applicants to be seated in this class and are now beginning a 20 week odyssey into the world of the modern fire service. If these cadets are successful and reach their graduation day, they will have earned the privilege to join the ranks of BCFD in service to their community. The coming months will test each cadet in ways they’ve never experienced and if they have the motivation, they will ultimately be shaped into effective firefighters and EMTs. We wish them the best in their efforts and look forward to celebrating their graduation.

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02/28/2021
Chimney Fire in the East Mountains District-46

Last night BCFD’s East Battalion responded to a structure fire in the East Mountains off of North-14 in District-46. When crews arrived they found a working fire in the chimney. First arriving crews initiated an offensive strategy and stretched an attack line to the roof for fire control. Additional crews entered the structure and checked for extension and kept the fire from spreading to the attic space. Rapid response and sound strategies and tactics saved this house from burning down in a Non-Hydranted area. Great job C-Shift East Battalion!!!

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Last night BCFD’s East Battalion responded to a structure fire in the East Mountains off of North-14 in District-46. Whe...
02/28/2021

Last night BCFD’s East Battalion responded to a structure fire in the East Mountains off of North-14 in District-46. When crews arrived they found a working fire in the chimney. First arriving crews initiated an offensive strategy and stretched an attack line to the roof for fire control. Additional crews entered the structure and checked for extension and kept the fire from spreading to the attic space. Rapid response and sound strategies and tactics saved this house from burning down in a Non-Hydranted area. Great job C-Shift East Battalion!!!

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02/27/2021
Siddons-Martin Emergency Group

BCFD is proud to be a loyal customer of Siddion-Martin Emergency Group. LT George Asi explains why we have such a great relationship.

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The Bernalillo County Fire Department has been a loyal Pierce customer for 20 years for many reasons: quality of apparatus, supportive sales personnel, responsive service technicians, and more. They serve the region surrounding Albuquerque, defined by a mixture of urban living and mountainous terrain. Bernalillo County's 100% Pierce fleet consists of aerials, pumpers, 4x4 pumpers, and pumper tenders.

Thank you Lt. George Asi and the Bernalillo County (NM) Fire Department for continually choosing Pierce Mfg and Siddons-Martin Emergency Group as a valued Pierce Fleet Customer. It is a privilege to serve you and other fire departments across New Mexico! #NewMexicoTrue

This morning BCFD’s South Battalion responded to a structure fire in the South Valley. First arriving crews found a work...
02/27/2021

This morning BCFD’s South Battalion responded to a structure fire in the South Valley. First arriving crews found a working fire on the Eastside of the property. Crews initiated a fast attack containing fire to its first known location, preventing any extension into the structure and protecting nearby exposures. Great job C-Shift South Battalion!

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I am traveling across the country and unfortunately, booked a night at a Motel 6 in Albuquerque. The smoke alarm is disabled and the hvac is broken (room138). The health department might have concerns over the overflowing trash receptacles all over the property. I would be pleased to send you photos and a screen shot of the location as well as the vandalized smoke alarm and hvac unit. Location: 6015 iLiff rd, nw, Albuquerque.
You and the dispatcher that took my call are responsible for the death of the young women who passed on Gibson and I-25. I begged you to come and you wouldn’t until I told you if everyone was wearing masks and unarmed. YOU WOULDNT COME UNTIL I PROVIDED YEAR MAKE AND MODEL. YOU AND DISPATCH DISGUST ME.
**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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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 🔥