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Fire Department

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 Protheroe was born in London, and lived in Amsterdam and New York City before moving to Santa Fe in 2008.  He has been a Bread Baker, Pastry Chef, Goldsmith, Carpenter, Product Designer, Furniture Maker and Leather Artist.  In his free time he enjoys restoring vintage motorcycles.

District Chief Protheroe joined the Hondo Volunteer Fire District in 2008 and is certified in Wildland Firefighting and is a Firefighter level I, he served as the Rescue Training Officer and taught extrication techniques for the past 3 years.  He became Lieutenant of Hondo in 2011.  In December of 2015 he had the honor of being promoted to District Chief of the department and is very proud to serve his community in that capacity. 

Contact Information

District Chief:  Terry Protheroe
District Phone: 505-982-9999
District Fax: 505-986-8517

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 Hondo Volunteer Fire District (4/10):

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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