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Fire Department

Chimayo Volunteer Fire District

The Chimayo Fire District is situated in the northeast corner of Santa Fe County, adjacent to National Forest land, and has been responsible for providing fire and emergency medical services for both Santa Fe and Rio Arriba Counties, assisting both Espanola EMS and Rio Arriba County Fire Department. Serving the communities of Chimayo, Rio Chiquito and Cundiyo out of two stations located at #226 Juan Medina Rd. and #5 Jose Simon Dr., the fire district is made up mainly of smaller homes in a rural area of Santa Fe County with a significant cultural history. There are a number of old building whose age exceeds 75 years throughout the district, some which are listed on the National historic registry.

The residents of Chimayo established the Chimayo Valley Fire Department in the early 1960s. The original fire station was constructed by community members and consisted of a two-bay building that housed a fire engine and a water tender. The station was expanded in the early 1980s to include two additional apparatus bays, an office, and a lobby. It was determined there was a need for additional resources to better serve the large area of the Chimayo district and in 1985 the Community Center of Cundiyo was set up to house two fire apparatus.


District Chief Martinez joined the Chimayo Volunteer Fire District in 2011 and within a year, completed the Volunteer Fire Academy. DC Martinez quickly moved up the ranks and served as the Assistant District Chief in 2015 at which time, he also received his NM EMT-Basic license.  DC Martinez was elected as District Chief in 2017.

DC Martinez has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and works a full time job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  He has been married for 5 years and has 2 sons. DC Martinez enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and playing the guitar and drums and is also involved with his local church.


Contact Information 

District Chief:  Daniel T. Martinez
Department Phone:  505-351-2326
Department Fax:  505-351-2326

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 Chimayo Volunteer Fire District (04/4Y):

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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