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Fire Department

La Cienega Volunteer Fire District

The La Cienega Fire District is situated in west central Santa Fe County and is responsible for providing fire and emergency medical services to the communities of La Cienega, Rancho Viejo, Cochiti Pueblo, Cochiti Village, Valle Vista, the Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Outlet Mall. Its two stations are located at #14 Fire Place and #18 Camino San Jose which houses two Class A foam pumpers, two pump & roll tankers, two brush trucks and a state of the art, compressed air foam (CAFS) rescue with heavy extrication capabilities. The district responds to approximately 450 fire and EMS calls a year with 10 certified Firefighter/EMT's protecting approx. 70 sq. miles, a major interstate, large residential development and an ever-increasing commercial development area along state highway 14. The district assists and receives aid from other agencies including NM State Forestry, US Forest Service, the City of Santa Fe, Cochiti Pueblo, Sandoval County Fire Department, as well as other Santa Fe County Districts.

The La Cienega Volunteer Fire Department was originally started approximately twenty-eight years ago because several of the residents, who were also farmers at the time, would burn off / clear fields in preparation for yearly planting. These fires would sometimes get out of control in the La Cienega Valley bringing them (the residents) together to fight the field fires with whatever resources and personnel they had available. The department started with a run down garage donated by a resident/member for housing of a 4x4 brush truck on loan by the forest service. Years later, on land donated next to the community center, the members/residents built the current substation (then main station) with donated building materials and labor. Members were trained to basic firefighter levels (no certifications available) however no medical/first aid was available at the time. The organized volunteers responded to approximately 10 calls a year with a used fire engine and borrowed firefighting equipment.


District Chief Galindo began volunteering with the La Cienega Fire District in November of 2007.  After attending a couple of meetings, he knew this is what he wanted to do and where he wanted to be.  He has his Firefighter I certification, is an EMS First Responder, and is trained in Wildland firefighting and Hazmat incidents. He enjoys every moment he spends at the Fire Department and on calls (good or bad).  He likes the opportunity to learn new things and being able to pass that experience down to new members.

District Chief Galindo is married with 2 sons and is a self-employed painting contractor and handyman.  He loves spending time with his wife and kids fishing and camping when he is not at the Fire Department or working.  When time permits, he also enjoys working on his house, wood carpentry and spending time in his leather shop.

Contact Information

District Chief: Efren Galindo
District Phone: 505-473-1560
District Fax: 505-438-0665

Please keep in mind, these are volunteer departments, and there may not be anyone there to answer your call. Leave a message, and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

Insurance Services Organization (ISO) Rating for the La Cienega Volunteer Fire District (5/5Y):

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.

Split Classifications:
When a district has a split classification, such as 5/9, the first number is the class that applies to properties within 5 road miles of the responding fire station and 1,000 feet of a creditable water supply (fire hydrant, suction point, or dry hydrant). The second number is the class that applies to properties within 5 road miles of a fire station but beyond 1,000 feet of a credible water supply.

New Classifications (effective July 1, 2014):
There are two new classifications that may appear with the number classifications ‘X’ and ‘Y’ (formerly the ‘9’ and ‘8B’ portion of the split classification, ie: 6/8B). Please note: Communities graded with a single ‘9’ or ‘8B’ classification will remain intact.

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