Hondo Volunteer Fire District
The Hondo Fire District is situated in the east central portion of Santa Fe County and is responsible for providing fire and emergency medical services to the communities of Arroyo Hondo, Sunlit Hills, La Barberia Canyon/Overlook, Canoncito at Apache Canyon, Canada de Los Alamos, Old Santa Fe Trail corridor, Old Las Vegas Highway corridor, Nine Mile Road, I-25 corridor, Campos Conejos, Rabbit Road, Old Galisteo Road, Arroyo Hondo Estates, Camp Stoney, Seton Village, Rancho de San Sebastian, Timberwick, Cerros Negros and Hondo Hills out of two stations located at #21 Seaton Village Rd. and #645 Old Las Vegas Hwy. near US Hwy. 285. The District is also home to the Eastern Region paid paramedic crew (Med 80). As a growing community the district assists and receives aid from other agencies including, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, NM State Police, Santa Fe Police Department, Santa Fe Fire Department, NM State Forestry, US Forest Service, as well as several other Santa Fe County Districts.
The Hondo Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1974 by the Homeowners Associations of Arroyo Hondo and Sunlit Hills because the city was unable to provide fire protection to our communities. Hondo bought our first pumper for $1250 from Albuquerque and stored it in a large horse barn in Arroyo Hondo. The pumper froze during the winter and in the spring of 1975 we built Station 1. Our first supply of bunker gear was donated by a fire department in New York. The Hondo Fire District publishes a bi-annual newsletter called the "Alarm" and has a very active Auxiliary group. Our 50 or so current members range in age from teenagers to senior citizens and come from all walks of life including artists, lawyers, doctors, students, scientists, office workers, real estate agents, self-employed, retirees, bankers, designers and so on. The district's volunteers respond to approximately 500 calls per year, and the district has several members who have achieved state and national emergency medical technician qualifications as well as federal advanced wildland firefighting qualifications and certifications.
District Chief Tom Chilton joined Hondo Volunteer Fire District in 2002 and became Chief in 2009. He is married and has two daughters and a granddaughter. Tom is the owner of Discovery Exhibits, a company that does planning and design of natural history and cultural history exhibits for visitor centers nationwide. His other interests include woodworking and writing short stories and prose.
Insurance Services Organization (ISO) Rating for the Hondo Volunteer Fire District (5/9):
ISO collects information (such as nearest water supply, fire station, station staffing, number of personnel, number and type of fire trucks, pumping capacity, emergency communications, etc.) on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. Based on the information a numerical rating is given to the area which is used by insurance companies to determine premiums.
ISO considers three classes: