Fire Chief and Command Staff

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 David Sperling Fire Chief 505-992-3076
sperling.jpg Chief Sperling was appointed as Santa Fe County Fire Chief in 2012 after serving as Interim Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief/County Fire Marshal. As Fire Chief he has the responsibility to lead nearly four hundred career and volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in meeting the mission to provide high quality emergency services to Santa Fe County residents and visitors. He previously served as the Fire Chief for the City of Santa Fe Fire Department from 2002-2006 and has 27 years of experience in fire and EMS.
Charlie Velarde

Assistant Fire Chief -
Operations and Training

Assistant Chief Velarde has served over 30 years with Santa Fe County Fire Department starting his volunteer firefighting career in 1980 with La Cienega Volunteer Fire Dept. Starting out as a firefighter and moving up the ranks to District Chief. Chief Velarde held this postiion for 18 yrs and was also District Chief for Agua Fria Volunteer Fire Department for 3 years. He served as the Vice President of the SF County Fire Chiefs Association. Chief Velarde started his professional firefighting career with the City of Santa Fe Fire Dept in 1987 as a Firefighter Trainee, and retired as an Assistant Fire Chief in 2009. Chief Velarde came out of retirement taking over the responsibility for the Operations and Training Division of Santa Fe County Fire Department in July 2014.
 Steve Moya Assistant Chief -
Administration Division
Steve.jpg Assistant Chief Moya oversees all support services including Finance & Budget, Logistics, Fleet, ISO and Special Projects. He and his staff manage 35 fulltime Program Budgets and have 6-10 Special Project Budgets that vary due to grant awards, bond sales and Commission action. Assistant Chief Moya is a native Santa Fean and has a BS-Business Administration from NMSU and University of Phoenix. His many years of financial administration come from employment in the Finance Department with City of Santa Fe for 21 years. His fire service began in 1991 as a founding member of the Santa Fe County Galisteo Volunteer Fire District in 1991, where he promoted though the ranks including District Chief. He began his career service with SFCFD in 2004 when he was hired to manage the administration and finance sections of this ever growing combination department.
Martin Vigil Assistant Chief - Director
of Emergency Management
 Martin.jpg Assistant Chief Vigil is the Emergency Manager for the County of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has over 35 years of public safety experience from being a Paramedic, Emergency Medical Services educator, Police Sergeant, and Fire Command Officer in both career and combination fire departments. Assistant Chief Vigil started his career at age 13 as a member of the New Mexico Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and was involved in air search and rescue. He soon became an Emergency Medical Technician and started teaching EMT courses at age 16. At age 19, he became the first Native American Paramedic in the state of New Mexico. In 1998, Assistant Chief Vigil left public safety to pursue a career in critical care nursing, eventually working at the University of New Mexico Hospital in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. He began to take a strong interest in infectious diseases and bioterrorism medical response. He holds significant certifications in the medical management of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive casualties.
Karl Ehl Chief - Shift Battalion A 505-992-3085
Battalion Chief Karl Ehl has more than 17 years in the fire service. His service began as a Volunteer with the Bernalillo County Fire Department, District Seven in the early nineties. In 1995 BC Ehl moved the East Mountains and found a home with Moriarty Fire where he quickly moved through the ranks to the position of Chief Officer. In 2007, BC Ehl was hired with Santa Fe County Fire Department as the Fire Training Captain. He was promoted to the position of Battalion Chief in 2012. Over the years, BC Ehl has served on several committees including the Executive Board of the New Mexico Fire Chief’s Association, Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments, United Way Council, and the International Association of Fire Chief’s. He is currently licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate and is trained in Fire Suppression, Incident Command, Hazardous Materials response, Leadership and is an IFSAC Accredited Fire Instructor.
Tony Ruscetti Chief - Shift Battalion B 505-992-3085
Battalion Chief Ruscetti has more than 20 years with the Santa Fe County Fire Department. BC Ruscetti joined the Edgewood Volunteer Fire District in 1988 and advanced in ranks to the position of District Captain. In 1995 he was hired as a full time fire fighter for Santa Fe County and spent the last five years serving as a Shift Lieutenant and was recently promoted to the position of Battalion Chief. BC Ruscetti spent several years as an adjunct EMT-I/C for UNM, ENMU and SFCC teaching EMT’s throughout New Mexico. He is also trained in Incident Command, Hazmat, tech rescue, swift water rescue and wild land fire fighting.
Bobby Montoya Chief - Shift Battalion C 505-992-3085
 BCMontoya.jpg Battalion Chief Montoya joined Santa Fe County Fire Department in 2002 and entered the field as a Firefighter EMT-Intermediate. Over the last several years he has served as a Firefighter Paramedic, Lieutenant, and currently Battalion Chief. He started working at Espanola Ambulance in April 2001 as an Intermediate. He worked there full-time for over two years before switching to PRN status, which he still works currently. Chief Montoya attended Paramedic School in 2006. Over the past ten years, Chief Montoya has continued to add to his experience by training in Rescue Operations, HazMat Operations, Pediatric and Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and various other courses.

 Regional Operations - Captains 

Mike Mestas EMS Captain 505-992-3075
Mestas.jpg Captain Mestas hired on with SFCFD in the fall of 2008 and assumed the duties of EMS Operations and Training serving under Chief Holland. He comes with over 20 years experience from Albuquerque Fire Department and is credentialed as EMS instructor in ACLS, PALS, BLS and PHTLS. He also serves as the Quality Assurance Officer (CQI) for the department. Since his involvement with county he has affiliated with SF Community College becoming an employee/instructor for the school. He has extensive involvement and training of several EMT Basic, EMT Intermediate, Paramedic classes, and EMT Instructor course for the county as well the annual EMT Combo Refresher classes.
Jim Lovell Training Captain 505-780-1178
  Captain Jim Lovell began his career with SFCFD when there were only 6 paid firefighters assigned to individual volunteer districts. He began his fire career as a charter member of the Agua Fria Fire Department as a volunteer and became their first paid firefighter. Captain Lovell was assigned to the Western Region ambulance, where he became the Regional Lieutenant. In 1995 he became an adjunct instructor for the NM Firefighters Training Academy and was re-assigned to assist with teaching the first paid SFCFD academy and academies there after. In 2006 Captain Lovell was transferred to the Training Division as the Lieutenant. For the next 7 years he served as the lead instructor for several paid and volunteer academies. Captain Lovell was promoted to Fire Training Captain in 2012. He has developed curriculum for SFCFD and other fire departments. In 2009 Captain Lovell was selected to be on the validation committee for the International Fire Service Training Association's (IFSTA) revision of Essentials 6, which is used all over the world as training material for Firefighters at the I & II level for the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
Mike Jaffa Volunteer Recruitment /
Retention Captain
Captain Jaffa joined the Department in 2008 and is responsible for Recruitment & Retention Programs and serves as the Department's Volunteer Coordinator. Mike has more that 25 years experience in the fire service, having previously served as the Deputy Chief for both the Bernalillo County and the Village of Tijeras Fire Departments. He serves on numerous committees and task forces for the International Association of Fire Chiefs, where he currently is the chairperson for Company Officer Task Force and a co-chair of the Reputation Management committee for the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section. Captain Jaffa is a frequent presenter at Fire Rescue International and other state and regional fire service conferences, covering such topics as: Firehouse Etiquette, Fire Corps Programs, Volunteer & Career Integration, Jr. Firefighter Programs, Leadership Practices, and Recruiting and Retention of Volunteers.

Fire Prevention and Wildland 

Buster Patty Fire Marshal 505-995-6526

Captain Patty started his fire service career in 1979 with the Glorietta Conference Center Fire Department. He left the department in 1989 while holding the position of Department Chief.  In 1990 Captain Patty started with the Santa Fe County Fire Department as the first Fire Prevention Officer.  He was also a member of the La Cienega Volunteer Fire Department and in 1992 established the Agua Fria Volunteer Fire Department.
As Captain of the Fire Prevention Division he oversees three Fire Prevention Specialists who are responsible for all County development, alarm and sprinkler reviews, business inspections, water supply and public education programs.

 Mike Feulner  Wildland Captain  505-995-6527
  Captain Feulner started with the County in 2006 as a member of the Edgewood Volunteer Fire District as a structural and wildland firefighter. Although he was not an EMT he assisted medical personnel on all medical calls. Captain Feulner served as the EVFD Assistant Chief from January 2011 until June 2012. In 2010, he was hired by the County as a Fire Prevention- Urban Interface Specialist. In 2012 he was hired as the Wildland Division Captain. Captain Feulner is a certified Engine boss, A faller, ICT 4, and teaches wildland classes and refreshers both for the County and outside agencies.