Welcome to the Bernalillo County Fire Department (BCFD). BCFD is made up of twelve fire districts and stations throughout Bernalillo County.
The department was established on September 15, 1958, and has grown from a single station department to a fully paid, eleven district department that staffs an average of four to seven paid personnel per station, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. The stations are covered by a combination of fire and medical personnel, 24/7, 365 days a year. The shifts consist of 24 hours on and 48 hours off. There are a total of 225 firefighters with 209 of them being sworn positions. The positions rank from firefighter up to Fire Chief.
On average, BCFD runs over 12,000 calls a calendar year, which continues to increase every year by about 4%. Of the 12,018 calls run in the year 2010, 79% were Emergency Medical Services (EMS) calls, 6% were fire calls and 15 % were other calls including medical assists to non-medical assists. Every district is covered by an engine or truck company and nine districts house a rescue unit. All stations and fire districts are staffed at the ALS (Advanced Life Support) level. Each firefighter has medical training and must be licensed in either the EMT-Basic, Intermediate of Paramedic level.