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Fire

Ruidoso Downs Fire Department (RDFD)
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The Ruidoso Downs Fire Department proudly protects approximately 3000 people living in an area of five square miles. We operate out of one station that primarily protects a residential area located in the urban interface. Our department is a public department whose members are on a combination of paid and volunteer status. The department is structured as an independent department of the City. We “mutual-aid” the Ruidoso Fire Department, Glencoe Fire Department, and the Mescalero Apache Tribe Fire Department. We also assist the New Mexico State Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service. The department has ten volunteer professionals and one full-time paid employee.

Officials
Heath Keck- Fire Chief
Cell:(575) 937-3140
Office: (575) 378-1624
hkeck@ruidosodowns.us

Vacant- Assistant Fire Chief
Office: (575) 378-1624

Fire Emergency - 911


  • Firefighting
  • Hazardous Material Response
  • Emergency Medical Service
  • Vehicle Rescue (Extrication)
  • Search & Rescue
  • Other Technical/Specialized Rescue
  • Support
Current Fire Information

LEVEL II


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Information & Stats
AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME
Fire & Rescue: 5 minutes

RADIO FREQUENCIES:
Main Dispatch:   156.015
Fire Ground Operations 1: 154.310  

Jurisdictions Served: 
The response area covered by the Ruidoso Downs Fire Department is Wildland Urban Interface. Within the fire department's coverage area is the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and the Billy The Kid Casino. We are also the primary mutual aid company for the Mescalero Apache Tribe's district.

Type of Area: Residential

POPULATION SERVED: 
Primary Response Area 3000

MEMBER OF:
Lincoln County Emergency Planning Committee
FEMA
Lincoln County Chiefs Association

The Fleet  
ENGINES:  2 
Support/Command Vehicles:  3
Brush/Wildland Vehicles:  2 
Water Tankers:  1 

APPARATUS LISTING:
ENGINE 1 
Pumper (1999 Ferrara;1871 Series)
Class A Engine (1250 GPM; 1000 Gallon Tank)

ENGINE 2 
Pumper (1992 E-1; GMC Topkick)
Class A Engine (1000 GPM; 750 Gallon Tank)

ENGINE 3 
Pumper (1984 FMC Roughneck)
Class A Engine (1250 GPM; 1250 Gallon Tank)

ATTACK 1 
Mini Pumper (2000 Dodge 3500)
Brush, Extrication Unit, Utility Multi-Use Vehicle

BRUSH 5 
Brush/Wildfire Truck (1994 Ford F-350)
Wildland

Command Unit 
Command (1998 GMC Jimmy)
Command Unit



City Safety Action Plans:
Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan as of March 25, 2024.

Pandemic Operational Plan as of January 24, 2022.