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Fire Department

Tesuque Volunteer Fire District

The Tesuque Fire District is situated in the north central portion of Santa Fe County and is responsible for providing fire and emergency medical services to the communities of Tesuque Village, Chupadero, Rio El Medio, Tano, Casa De San Juan, Sundance Estates, Vista Redondo, Los Camonitos, Hyde Park Estates and the Tesuque Pueblo out of three stations located at #4 Senda Del Fuego, the intersection of NM Hwy 593 and SFC Rd. 78 and #21 Tesuque Pueblo 806. As a growing community the district assists and receives aid from other agencies including, Tesuque Tribal Police, Santa Fe Police Department, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, NM State Forestry as well as several other Santa Fe County Districts.

The Tesuque Volunteer Fire District was organized by the ardent efforts of community leaders, business owners and concerned citizens from the village of Tesuque and outlying areas in 1970. By 1972 it had obtained a donated piece of land on which to build its “Main” station near the center of the village. A telephone call tree served as the line of communication as radios were not affordable. In the 1980s Station 2 was built in Chupadero and in the 1990s Station 3 was built to better serve the Tesuque Pueblo. These three stations now house three Class A engines, two water tenders, two brush trucks and a rescue truck. Over twenty-five dedicated volunteer members serve residents of the Tesuque Fire District.


Tesuque2.jpg District Chief Damron started with the Tesuque Volunteer Fire Department in April of 1999. He has completed his Firefighter 2 certification and in 2001 completed his EMT-Basic certification. He worked his way up the ranks and became District Chief in 2002. District Chief Damron also worked a PRN with the paid staff from 2000 to 2007.
District Chief Damron has been married for 22 years and has 2 daughters and one granddaughter. For 23 years, he was the Executive Chef of El Nido Restaurant, until it closed. He was also the Executive Chef and General Manager of Little Tony’s Pizzeria. In his spare time, District Chief Damron enjoys fishing, hunting, biking, Texas Hold’em and is a devoted Green Bay Packer fan and owner. He is a 4th generation master tin smith at the Spanish Colonial Art Society’s “Spanish Market” where he has participated for the last 22 years.
When asked why he chose to be a volunteer fire fighter, he answered “I enjoy helping people in need and giving back to the community.”


Contact Information

District Chief:  J.D. Damron
District Phone: 505-988-3807
District Fax: 505-988-3707

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 Tesuque Volunteer Fire District (5/10):

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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