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

07/26/2021
Medevac Call Out - Injured Hiker on Tree Springs Trail

BCFD Districts 46 and 40 crews were dispatched to the Sandia Mountains for a young female hiker who suffered an injury while hiking the Tree Springs Trail. After a small trek, the firefighters were able to locate the patient about half a mile up. After assessing the hiker, BCFD Personnel determined that a medevac was the most viable solution to quickly and safely get her off the mountain. Bernalillo County's MASU unit was activated and launched from its Double Eagle Airport hanger. Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office and Albuquerque Police Department ground units also responded to assist BCFD firefighters with the scene.

An Albuquerque Ambulance unit arrived and was staged at the bottom of the trail in the event any ground transportation was needed.

The patient was packaged for the flight, and care was turned over to the BCFD Paramedic Rescue Specialist aboard the Metro 2. Metro 2 landed at Bernalillo County Fire Station 40, where the patient was transferred to the ground transport unit and taken to the hospital for further treatment.

This successful operation took communication and cooperation between 5 separate agencies and was a great example of how well all agencies in the Metro Area work together when necessary.

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Today,  Chiefs Perez and his executive staff were on hand to congratulate Captain Nicholas Lyons and pin on his new badg...
07/12/2021

Today, Chiefs Perez and his executive staff were on hand to congratulate Captain Nicholas Lyons and pin on his new badge and bugles. We are very proud of Captain Lyons's accomplishment and look forward to his continued growth within our department!

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07/09/2021
Call Out: Carlsbad Airboat Rescue

KOB has done an amazing highlight on the deployment of BCFD's Water Rescue Team out in Carlsbad. The recent rainfall has caused massive flooding in the area and the Brave Firefighters from Bernalillo County performed multiple rescues with their Airboat.

This report highlights some of the rescues and provides great insight for how to stay safe during flood conditions.

Remember Bernalillo County, Stay Safe!

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07/04/2021
2021 - Fourth of July Safety Tips

As we all get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July. We here at Bernalillo County Fire Rescue want to go over a few safety tips for those who plan on celebrating at home.

- First, never allow young children to handle fireworks.
- Older children should use them only under close adult supervision.
- Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective
eyewear.
- Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands.
- Never light them indoors.
- Only use them away from people, houses, and flammable material.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting.
- Never ignite devices in a container.
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
- Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in the event you have a fire.
- Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding.

Thank you for helping us reduce the chance of an accidental injury or an unintended fire from starting. We hope you have a fun and happy Fourth of July!

Be Safe Bernalillo County

#4thofJuly #firefighters #safetytips

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As we all get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July. We here at Bernalillo County Fire Rescue want to remind you to do s...
07/02/2021

As we all get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July. We here at Bernalillo County Fire Rescue want to remind you to do so in a safe manner. Here are a few tips on how to enjoy the 4th of July Holiday.

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Bernalillo County Fire is proud to be working with the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department for their Dit...
06/16/2021

Bernalillo County Fire is proud to be working with the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department for their Ditch the Ditches program. For 35 years this initiative has helped to offer a safer swimming alternative for the younger members of our community by offering swim passes redeemable at many of the public pools throughout Bernalillo County. Over 70,000 passes will be available and can be accessed by scanning the QR code on this post.

Remember Bernalillo County, Stay Safe!

#ditchtheditches #2021poolpasses #firefighters #staysafeBernCo

Bernalillo County Fire is proud to be working with the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department for their Ditch the Ditches program. For 35 years this initiative has helped to offer a safer swimming alternative for the younger members of our community by offering swim passes redeemable at many of the public pools throughout Bernalillo County. Over 70,000 passes will be available and can be accessed by scanning the QR code on this post.

Remember Bernalillo County, Stay Safe!

#ditchtheditches #2021poolpasses #firefighters #staysafeBernCo

Today as a whole department we are celebrating the retirement of Paramedic Jorge Rivera. Paramedic Rivera has been invol...
05/31/2021

Today as a whole department we are celebrating the retirement of Paramedic Jorge Rivera. Paramedic Rivera has been involved in EMS and the Fire Service for twenty seven years, twenty of which he served as a Bernalillo County Fire Paramedic. Paramedic Rivera has played an integral role in developing EMS systems and mentoring new paramedics and EMTs for our department.

Serving his community as a front line provider for nearly thirty years takes a special kind of selfless person that is exemplified in Paramedic Rivera.

We were very happy to have Paramedic Rivera’s family over to station 30 to share a meal with his crew on what will be his last night on duty.

The story doesn’t stop here though. Paramedic Rivera will continue caring for others as he plans to enter Nursing School upon retirement.

We all extend a big thank you and congratulations to Paramedic Rivera, and wish him and his family the best in the future!

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Albuquerque Area Firefighters IAFF Local 244 is hosting a Sand Volleyball Tournament on Saturday June 5th at Copper Spor...
05/28/2021

Albuquerque Area Firefighters IAFF Local 244 is hosting a Sand Volleyball Tournament on Saturday June 5th at Copper Sports Centre.

This Tournament is going to raise money for the Survivors Fund, that helps provide resources for Firefighters that are struggling with mental health issues as a result of the job.

This Sand Volleyball Tournament is open to the public. Please register a team and come out and support your local Firefighters in this great cause!

Please reference flyer below for more details.

Stay safe Bernalillo County NM!

New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association

Albuquerque Area Firefighters IAFF Local 244 is hosting a Sand Volleyball Tournament on Saturday June 5th at Copper Sports Centre.

This Tournament is going to raise money for the Survivors Fund, that helps provide resources for Firefighters that are struggling with mental health issues as a result of the job.

This Sand Volleyball Tournament is open to the public. Please register a team and come out and support your local Firefighters in this great cause!

Please reference flyer below for more details.

Stay safe Bernalillo County NM!

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Yesterday, South Battalion units were called to a residential structure fire in district 38. Arriving crews encountered ...
05/24/2021

Yesterday, South Battalion units were called to a residential structure fire in district 38. Arriving crews encountered a working fire and took an offensive strategy. Forcible entry techniques had to be used to gain access to the interior of the home. With zero visibility inside, the crews advanced, located the seat of the fire, and extinguished it.

They then transitioned into salvage and overhaul activities. No firefighters or members of the public were injured during this incident. The cause of this fire is under investigation. Great job South Battalion!

Thanks to Bernalillo County Emergency Communications Department Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office Albuquerque Ambulance for their assistance!

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05/19/2021

Tonight BCFD hosted the East Mountain Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Town Hall Meeting. This event was held at BCFD Station 40 in Tijeras. Thank you to all the East Mountain residents that attended. Stay Safe Bernalillo County!

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BCFD spoke with KOAT -7 Reporter Stephanie Muniz about Wildfire Safety. It is important to remember it is everyone's res...
05/18/2021
Bernalillo County Fire Department talks East mountain fire safety

BCFD spoke with KOAT -7 Reporter Stephanie Muniz about Wildfire Safety. It is important to remember it is everyone's responsibility to prevent Wildfires.

The East Mountain community is at most risk for Wildland Fires. Please watch this report for some good safety tips to keep you safe this summer.

BCFD is hosting a Town Hall meeting in East Mountains at BCFD Fire Station 40 (48 Public School Rd, Tijeras, 87059) tomorrow afternoon starting at 6:00pm.

This event is open to the public. Come get some important information regarding this Wildfire Season, and get some answers to questions you may have.

Stay safe Bernalillo County!

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With the ongoing danger, a fire in the Sandia Mountains would be a challenging fight. Bernalillo County Fire Department is warning that a fire like that can happen anytime.

BCFD will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday May 18th, 2021 at 6:00pm. This Town Hall will be taking place at BCF...
05/15/2021

BCFD will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday May 18th, 2021 at 6:00pm.

This Town Hall will be taking place at BCFD Fire Station-40 (48 Public School Rd, Tijeras, NM, 87059).

This meeting is open to the public and will focus on Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention for the East Mountain community.

Guest speakers will include County Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty, BCFD Fire Chief Greg Perez, OEM Director Richard Clark, BCSO Chief Joshua Campos, US Forestry PIO Francesca LaManna.

Topics of discussion will include, Fire Resources for the East Mountains, Neighborhood and home security, evacuation orders, shelters for the community and animals, Wildfire preparedness & prevention.

Please come out and get some great information and get your questions answered about this years Wildfire season.

If you have any questions regarding the event you can send those to [email protected]. Reference East Mountain Town Hall Meeting.

Stay safe Bernalillo County!

Bernalillo County NM New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty US Forest Service - Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands Bernalillo County Office Of Homeland Security And Emergency Management

BCFD will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday May 18th, 2021 at 6:00pm.

This Town Hall will be taking place at BCFD Fire Station-40 (48 Public School Rd, Tijeras, NM, 87059).

This meeting is open to the public and will focus on Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention for the East Mountain community.

Guest speakers will include County Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty, BCFD Fire Chief Greg Perez, OEM Director Richard Clark, BCSO Chief Joshua Campos, US Forestry PIO Francesca LaManna.

Topics of discussion will include, Fire Resources for the East Mountains, Neighborhood and home security, evacuation orders, shelters for the community and animals, Wildfire preparedness & prevention.

Please come out and get some great information and get your questions answered about this years Wildfire season.

If you have any questions regarding the event you can send those to [email protected]. Reference East Mountain Town Hall Meeting.

Stay safe Bernalillo County!

Bernalillo County NM New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty US Forest Service - Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands Bernalillo County Office Of Homeland Security And Emergency Management

Today East Battalion crews worked on Tender Shuttle Operations. Crews set up a drop tank and simulated water shuttle ope...
05/13/2021

Today East Battalion crews worked on Tender Shuttle Operations. Crews set up a drop tank and simulated water shuttle operations to include draft training. It is imperative that our Firefighters are efficient and systematic in these tactics as water is the most valuable resource and not readily available in the East Mountains. Great job A-Shift East Battalion!

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BCFD's Water Rescue Task Force Coordinator Joe Lane speaks to KOB-4 Reporter Joy Wang about the importance of water safe...
05/09/2021
Rescue crews remind people to be prepared while using the Rio Grande

BCFD's Water Rescue Task Force Coordinator Joe Lane speaks to KOB-4 Reporter Joy Wang about the importance of water safety, and the resources that BCFD provides to mitigate these situations. BCFD wants to remind the citizens of Bernalillo County to stay safe when recreating in the water. Stay safe Bernalillo County NM KOB 4 Iaff Local 244 New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association

Use of the Rio Grande River climbed during he pandemic.

BCFD wants recognize Station-31 A-Shift Crews and BCSO North Deputies for the great work they do every day. This Faceboo...
05/07/2021

BCFD wants recognize Station-31 A-Shift Crews and BCSO North Deputies for the great work they do every day. This Facebook post was posted last week and we wanted to share it with the community.

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BCFD wants recognize Station-31 A-Shift Crews and BCSO North Deputies for the great work they do every day. This Facebook post was posted last week and we wanted to share it with the community.

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05/05/2021
A Tool From a Galaxy Far Far Away

BCFD is now implementing some of the ULTRA-COOL techs from the Star Wars Universe! Because modern-day fires, could use a tool from long ago!.

Today is the internationally recognized, "May the Fourth Be With You" day. A day when Star Wars fans express their love for the saga. Since it will take a little over 22 hours to watch every Star Wars movie. We decided to help you out by creating our own epic story while paying tribute to the beloved series.

#starwars #allforfun #bcfd #fire #maythe4thbewithyou

Come visit us on May 8th to explore how to safely use and enjoy our Rio Grande and Bosque recreation areas this Spring a...
05/04/2021

Come visit us on May 8th to explore how to safely use and enjoy our Rio Grande and Bosque recreation areas this Spring and Summer. If you have any used life jackets that are in good condition, and you’d like to donate them, we would be excited to take them and get them to families who are in need! BCFD will aslo be handing out swag bags for the kids at the Poco Loco and Alameda locations!

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Come visit us on May 8th to explore how to safely use and enjoy our Rio Grande and Bosque recreation areas this Spring and Summer. If you have any used life jackets that are in good condition, and you’d like to donate them, we would be excited to take them and get them to families who are in need! BCFD will aslo be handing out swag bags for the kids at the Poco Loco and Alameda locations!

New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters AssociationBernalillo County NM Albuquerque Area Firefighters IAFF Local 244

Last week Chief Perez and Chief Lardy came to Station 40 to officially Pin newly promoted Captain Justin Tolliver and ne...
05/03/2021

Last week Chief Perez and Chief Lardy came to Station 40 to officially Pin newly promoted Captain Justin Tolliver and newly promoted Paramedic Michael Valencia. BCFD wants to congratulate both of these men on their accomplishment. Captain Tolliver has been assigned to Station 46 A-Shift and Paramedic Valencia has been assigned to Station 41 C-Shift . Strong Work!

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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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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
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 🔥