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April 26, 2021 - Fire Restrictions Are Currently In Effect  

The following items are not currently permitted:

  • Open burning, including campfires, bonfires or pit barbecues

  • Burning of weeds, trash or other vegetation.

  • Charcoal barbecue grills in public parks or recreation areas.

  • Smoking in public parks, recreation areas or on public trails.

  • Using any motorized all-terrain vehicles or motorcycles on city-owned parks, trails or recreation areas (except for the motocross track located off 599).

Should you have further questions or need clarification, please contact the Santa Fe Fire Department Fire Prevention Division at (505) 955-3310.  


April 19, 2021 - City Introduces Alternative Response Unit for Social Service and Behavioral Health Needs

 

Today the City of Santa Fe introduced the new Alternative Response Unit (ARU), a project under the new Community Health and Safety Department that was established in the reorganization of City government last year. The unit is a collaborative effort between City Fire and Police Departments, and Community Services; it will be staffed by a paramedic, a police officer, and a case manager, all trained in Crisis Intervention.

The ARU will provide an appropriate level of response to a variety of calls that come in through the dispatch center, which are non-violent and involve people in need of social and behavioral health services. These calls have historically utilized police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances in the response, which is inefficient and can be counter-productive for people in mental health or substance abuse crises.

Fire Chief Paul Babcock said: "My goal is to right-size our response model, but more importantly, connect the people we respond to with the right service. This will allow the larger fire apparatus be in a state of readiness for the appropriate call types that they were designed to respond to. Having this option will benefit the community."

Police Chief Andrew Padilla said the cross-departmental Alternative Response Unit represents the evolution of law enforcement and out-of-the-box thinking about community policing. Although the first phase begins with Police as part of the response, it can ultimately liberate the police force from responding to basic calls for service that don't require a law-enforcement solution, so they can focus on crime and community engagement.

The first Alternative Response Team will hit the streets May 4, 2021, and pending Council approval of the Community Health and Safety budget, another team will be added this summer

The ARU will not only improve outcomes for community members but also “right-size” our public safety response and help reduce overall calls for service for the Police Department.

The launch event was held this morning at Fire Station 1, near Ft. Marcy, and included statements by several ARU members. Hear their enthusiastic comments in the attached video.

Mayor Webber says: “Santa Fe should be proud of the Alternative Response Unit and what it means to our families. We’re showing innovation and flexibility in how we help people who have mental and behavioral health needs. At the same time, we’ll allow our police officers and fire fighters to respond to calls for service that better match their training and skills."

Kyra Ochoa, Acting Director of the Community Health and Safety Department, added: “We are getting people who are suffering the help they need, to make the whole community safer.” She emphasizes that Santa Fe Fire and Police have a reputation for providing humane and compassionate responses in an evidence-based way—and that this unit builds on that by applying the appropriate response to behavioral health crises so the PD and FD can do what they do best. “This exciting City project builds on the longstanding work we’ve been doing with our partners at Santa Fe County, and with our local clinics, hospitals, and advocacy groups to ensure people with behavioral health challenges are treated with dignity and connected to the help they need. The purpose is to make our whole community a healthier, safer place for everyone.”  


April 4, 2021 - SFNF Espanola District Impletments Pacheco Canyon Prescribed Burn


March 31, 2021 - SFNF Espanola District Plans Perscribed Burn in Pacheco Canyon

 


January 19, 2021 - SFNF Pecos / Las Vegas District Plans to Implement Prescribed Burns

 


January 18, 2021 - Glorieta Camps Winter Season Prescribed Burning Planned this Week


January 7, 2021 - Aztec Springs Prescribed Burn Scheduled for January


January 7, 2021 - SFNF Espanola District Continues Pile Burns to Reduce Fuels

Online news release: https://go.usa.gov/xARWT

SFNF Española District Continues Pile Burns to Reduce Fuels

SANTA FE, NM – Jan. 7, 2021 – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including forecasted snow over the weekend, to implement the previously announced Pacheco Canyon prescribed pile burn on the Española Ranger District as early as next week.

The 106-acre pile burn is part of the larger Pacheco Canyon Forest Resiliency Project, a 2,042-acre forest restoration project that was instrumental in keeping the lightning-caused Medio Fire from crossing Forest Road (FR) 102 and threatening significant values at risk, including the Santa Fe ski basin and municipal watershed. The Pacheco Canyon treatment area south of FR 102 helped firefighters contain the Medio Fire, which started on Aug. 17, at approximately 4,000 acres. 

Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives and will be managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. The Pacheco Canyon pile burn, approximately 6 miles east of Tesuque Pueblo and 3 miles west of Ski Santa Fe, will help reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire by removing woody debris from earlier thinning operations.

Winter is an optimal time to burn slash piles because snow on the ground keeps the fire from spreading to adjacent vegetation. Generally, pile burns produce less smoke and burn with less intensity than broadcast burns across a larger landscape. Fire managers will implement the pile burns only if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, are favorable for successful implementation.

The SFNF manages prescribed fires in compliance with New Mexico state regulations on air quality and smoke management. Smoke from the Pacheco Canyon prescribed pile burn may be visible in Santa Fe, Tesuque, Nambe, Los Alamos and Pojoaque as well as the I-25 and US 285/84 corridors. 

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website. Information on the Forest Stewards Guild’s HEPA Filter Loan Program is available here.

The 2,042-acre Pacheco Canyon project is part of the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed, a collaborative effort focused on making the forested areas within a 107,000-acre perimeter surrounding Santa Fe more resilient to wildfire, insects and disease, drought and climate change. 

Fire updates will be posted on the SFNF website, New Mexico Fire Information website and on the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @SantafeNF.

For more information on the Pacheco Canyon pile burn, contact the Española Ranger District at 505-753-7331.                        

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December 4, 2020 - Sharps Kiosk Drop-off Locations Available to Our Community

The SFFD receives multiple calls requesting the clean- up of syringes and needles left in parks and other public places –a safety hazard for our residents, visitors, and City workers alike. We are working alongside the City of Santa Fe Parks and Recreation Department and the Southwest CARE Center in providing public access to sharps disposal kiosks to our community. You may find kiosks at the following sites:

  • Guadalupe/Alameda Park
  • Railyard Park
  • Salvador Perez Park
  • Franklin Miles Park (North/South)
  • City of Santa Fe Yard (Siler Road)
  • Eclipse Car Wash (Cerrillos Road)
  • Southwest Care Center (Harkle Clinic/Galisteo Clinic/Alameda Clinic)

Should you find syringes needing to be collected, please, contact the Syringe Services hotline at (505)490-1147. This applies to our community members who have sharps containers containing insulin syringes as well.

(Photo taken pre-COVID)


December 1, 2020 - Holiday Heros Blood Drive at Santa Fe Place Mall on December 18th & 19th

Please join the Santa Fe Fire Department for this year's Holiday Hero Blood Drive. The event will take place on Friday, December 18, 2020 and Saturday, December 19, 2020, from 10:30am-5:30pm at the Santa Fe Place Mall. This blood drive is an effort to encourage and maintain sufficient blood resources for our community. The need for blood in patient care does not diminish during a pandemic; donors are needed - now more than ever.

Donors will be spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart and are required to wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the donation area. Complementary COVID-19 antibody testing on all blood donations are being offered to donors. **This test determines if a donor has previously had the virus and is not a test to determine if they are currently infected. If a donor does not feel well or has been exposed to someone that is sick in the previous 14 days, they are asked to stay home and not donate blood.

To schedule an appointment on Friday, December 18, please click the following link:

Holiday Heros at Santa Fe Place Mall (12/18/2020)

 

To schedule an appointment on Saturday, December 19, please click the following link:

Holiday Heros at Santa Fe Place Mall (12/19/2020)

 


December 1, 2020 - SFNF May Implement Hyde Park / Thompson Ridge Pile Burns


November 19, 2020 - Tele-Behavioral Health Services For Individuals Impacted by COVID-19


September 18, 2020 - EMS World Expo Virtual Presentation

The EMS World Expo is an annual event that brings together EMS professionals from all over the world. This year the Santa Fe Fire Department's (SFFD) very own EMS Captain, Faith Applewhite, was asked to be a presenter at the virtual expo. Captain Applewhite presented an essential tool used by the SFFD known as The Mnemonic: CP's MERITS. CP's MERITS is used by community paramedics to navigate and prioritize the health concerns and needs of patients within the community.

Captain Applewhite, along with MIH-Paramedic, Ramos Tsosie, who is also with the SFFD's Mobile Integrated Health Office (MIHO), presented the use of CP's MERITS using two different case studies.

To view the article, You be the CP: Case Studies of Complex MIH Patients and learn more about CP's MERITS, please visit the EMS World webpage. 
 


September 16, 2020 - "Life Kit: 6 Ways To Get Ready for a Wildfire", NPR Interview

With a large number of wildfires currently active around the United States, it is imperative to plan should the unexpected happen. Wildlife Urban Interface Specialist, Porfirio Chavarria, was interviewed by NPR for their podcast series "Life Kit: 6 Ways To Get Ready for a Wildfire", where they discuss how to evacuate from wildfires and what to do should you become trapped.

LIFE KIT: 6 WAYS TO GET READY FOR A WILDFIRE


September 15, 2020 - Medio Fire Update: 100% Contained

Medio Fire 100% contained. The Santa Fe National Forest will be hosting a virtual community meeting regarding the Medio Fire and the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. You may visit the Santa Fe National Forest's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/santafeNF/. No account is required to view the video and questions will be monitored throughout the meeting.

Visit the new Inciweb webpage for the BAER Team at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7133/. 

 


 

September 11, 2020 - Santa Fe Fire Department 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

The Santa Fe Fire Department remembers and honors all who lost their lives as well as the survivors of September 11, 2001. A total of 2,977 lives were lost. Among those lost were 343 New York City firefighters, 23 New York City police officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers.

We will never forget.

To view the Santa Fe Fire Departments live 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/SantaFeFireDepartment/videos/602121157148998/

https://www.facebook.com/SantaFeGov/videos/803773633714519/ 

 


September 7, 2020 - Santa Fe Fire Department / Air Flight Patient Care

Santa Fe Fire Department frequently works with outside agencies to provide quality care to the Santa Fe community. As pictured below, our med crew is assisting the flight crew with an Airport transfer.

 


September 4, 2020 - SFFD Fire Inspector Promotions

Chief Babcock and the Santa Fe Fire Department are pleased to announce the promotion of Firefighter Rollin Jones and Engineer Mark Wrolstad, to the position of Fire Inspector. Firefighter Jones most recently served as a firefighter/EMT-B/ARFF for Station 10, B-Shift. And, Firefighter Wrolstad served as an Engineer/EMT-I for Station 1, B-Shift.

Congratulations on your promotions.

 


August 21, 2020 - Medio Fire Information Update

The Incident Management Team will be hosting a virtual community meeting tonight, August 21, 2020, at 6:00 PM (MT). You may view the virtual meeting by visiting https://facebook.com/santafeNF/. If you are unable to join at the scheduled meeting time, a recording will be available to view at a later time. No account is required to view the video. If a pop-up box appears when you first navigate to the link, you may use the scrollbar on the right side of the screen to scroll down and click "not now" to minimize the login pop-up. The team will monitor online Facebook questions during the live meeting, or you may e-mail your questions in advance to [bot protected email address].

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health may be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website.

For more information regarding the Medio Fire, you may also visit the following links:

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7031/

Santa Fe National Forest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/santafeNF/

Santa Fe National Forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/santafe/home

New Mexico Fire Information: https://nmfireinfo.com/


 August 20, 2020 - Medio Fire Information Update from the United States Dept. of Agriculture


August 19, 2020 - Medio Fire Information Update from the United States Dept. of Agriculture

Below is the lastest news release and map from the United States Department of Agriculture in reference to the Medio Fire located off the Rio en Medio Trail in the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health may be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website. The Forest Stewards Guild offers a HEPA Filter Loan Program that is available on a first come/first served basis.

For more fire updates, you may visit the following links:

Santa Fe National Forest website

New Mexico Fire Information website

Santa Fe National Forest (Facebook)

Santa Fe National Forest (Twitter)


August 19, 2020 - Medio Fire Information Update from the United States Dept. of Agriculture

Below is the news release from the United States Department of Agriculture in reference to the Medio Fire located off the Rio en Medio Trail in the Espanola Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health may be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website. The Forest Stewards Guild offers a HEPA Filter Loan Program that is available on a first come/first served basis.

For more fire updates, you may visit the following links:

Santa Fe National Forest website

New Mexico Fire Information website

Santa Fe National Forest (Facebook)

Santa Fe National Forest (Twitter)

 

 

 


July 30, 2020 - Santa Fe Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Please join the Santa Fe Fire Department and Police Department for this year's Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. The event will take place on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, 12pm-4:30pm at the Santa Fe Place Mall in the empty storefront by the food court. This blood drive is a friendly rivalry between Fire/EMS and Law Enforcement in an effort to encourage and maintain sufficient blood resources for our community. Battle of the Badges tee shirts will be given and donors will get to vote for either Fire/EMS or Law Enforcement.

Donors will be spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart and are required to wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the donation area. Donors will also be pre-screened for temperature. Complementary COVID-19 antibody testing on all blood donations are being offered to donors. This test determines if a donor has previously had the virus and is not a test to determine if they are currently infected. If a donor does not feel well or has been exposed to someone that is sick in the previous 14 days, they are asked to stay home and not donate blood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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