The Bernalillo County Fire Department held a graduation ceremony on Nov. 22 for six new firefighters.
County Commissioner Lonnie Talbert and Fire Chief Frank Barka were on hand for the ceremony, which happened last Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd. NE.
Bernalillo County will hold a Fire Department Cadet Graduation ceremony on Friday, Nov. 22.
The Bernalillo County Fire Department Cadet Class 2013-01 is comprised of six firefighters, including two paramedics.
The new graduates have been assigned to multiple fire stations in the county and will be starting their first shifts on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2.
The Bernalillo County Fire Department (BCFD) wants to remind citizens to change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting your clocks back to Standard Time this weekend and remind your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.
Bernalillo County Commission Vice Chair Debbie O'Malley, Commissioner Art De La Cruz, and Albuquerque City Council Vice-President Ken Sanchez joined members of the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters Random Acts, and Fire Chiefs from Bernalillo County and Albuquerque Fire Departments, to receive 21 handmade quilts from the Jemez Mountains Bear Paw Quilt Guild.
On Oct. 10, 2013, the Bernalillo County Fire Department (BCFD) and the Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD) began full implementation of an automatic aid agreement within the metro area that allows the closest fire station to respond to fires or medical calls, regardless of jurisdiction.
The automatic aid agreement demonstrates the commitment by BCFD, AFD and elected officials to deliver high quality, efficient, emergency services to metro area residents.
On Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7:59 a.m., crews at every Bernalillo County fire station stood in front of their stations with their trucks for a moment of silence, followed by a blast of their horns to honor the fallen firefighters and all victims of 9/11.
The Bernalillo County Fire Department has been asked to assist with wildland firefighting efforts in Northern California.
“A crew left today at 8 a.m. from New Mexico State Forestry’s Bernalillo Office and are traveling with units from Rio Rancho and State Forestry,” says Chief Frank Barka.
“I ask everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers with hopes for a safe and fast return home.”
The unit is staffed with firefighters Dakota Powers, Rick Healy and Kevin McClellan.
The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners has approved Interim Fire Chief Frank Barka as the new Fire Chief of Bernalillo County.
“Bernalillo County is proud to announce the selection of Chief Barka as the new leader of the second largest fire department in New Mexico,” says County Manager Tom Zdunek. “After an exhaustive search, our fire department has a new chief with a long history with the county and the fire service.”
The Bernalillo County Fire Department is adding additional crews and units during the Fourth of July Holiday to patrol the bosque and East Mountains.
Due to extreme drought and high fire danger, the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners on June 11 approved an immediate ban on certain fireworks in the unincorporated areas of the county.