5 Blue Star Loop
Casa Blanca, NM 87007
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With 19 Career Firefighters and 6 Volunteers, the Laguna Fire and Rescue Department is now the largest fire department in Cibola County. These numbers are expected to grow significantly with the anticipation of three new substations strategically located throughout the Pueblo. With the newly acquired ISO rating of 6, which is a significant improvement from years past, the department has been able to improve fire protection capabilities, increase State Fire Fund allocation, purchase state-of-the-art equipment, and lower home insurance rates by 50% or more for all homeowners and public buildings throughout the Pueblo of Laguna. The department consist of three Shifts with six career Firefighters per shift providing the pueblo and surrounding areas with 24/7 coverage. All firefighters are also trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) from EMT-Basic to Paramedic level.
The Laguna Fire and Rescue Department responds to a full array of emergency and non-emergency calls including medical, wildland fires, structural fires, hazardous materials, and motor vehicle accidents. The department also transports patients to nearby hospitals. Over 90% of total call volume are of an EMS nature, but often require fire response, particularly motor vehicle accidents, due to potential fluid leaks and fire risk. With 40 miles of Interstate 40 crossing through Laguna, motor vehicle accidents are not uncommon on any particular shift.
The department prides itself on taking part in Community Involvement activities and along with the other Public Safety Programs have been able to build and promote their annual Public Safety Event into one of the most anticipated events of the year. This event provides the public with a great opportunity to meet their Public Safety Officials and see them in a different light as well as enjoy all the activities that have been organized by the Public Safety Department for their enjoyment.
To provide a professional and caring environment that is fair, honest, and ethical to everyone we have the privilege of serving. We will treat all individuals with respect and dignity. Our mission is to protect and preserve lives, property and the environment through fire suppression, emergency medical and rescue services, disaster preparedness, community involvement, and hazardous material mitigation.
To honor and obey the Laguna Core Values (Love one another, Respect one another, Self Discipline, Obedience) and make them come alive in each and everyone of our personnel. To see the Laguna Fire and Rescue Department become one of the most progressive Native American departments in the country. To improve our Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating significantly to as low as a 6 rating in order to lower insurance rates, increase state and federal funding, and improve overall quality of care. To lower response times by setting up substations in key areas around the Pueblo of Laguna. (As a fire department that is recognized by the New Mexico State Fire Marshall, we are required to meet certain firefighting standards. This will require the addition of a new substation in Old Laguna which has been approved and expected to be in service by July 2013. The new substation will allow us to significantly lower response times as well as improve overall quality of care. A third substation in the Rio Puerco/ Route 66 Casino will also help to further improve quality of care and response times to the Interstate-40 corridor and all the villages near I-40. Response times to Encinal and Paguate villages will be improved by addressing Fire and EMS substation needs in these areas as well and remains one of our primary goals.).
The Laguna Fire and Rescue Department is looking forward with much anticipation to the completion of the Water Grid System project which will improve water flow and water capacity to all the villages in the Pueblo of Laguna. This will provide the Fire Department with the opportunity to improve their ISO rating even more leading to increased State Fire funding, even lower home insurance rates, and higher quality of fire protection for everyone.
The fire station in Old Laguna is currently under renovation and is expected to be completed by May, 2013 and staffed full-time upon completion. The station will be equipped with an ambulance and a fire truck which will help improve response times and fire protection to this area significantly. We look forward to this new addition and expect this station to be of great service to the community, particularly the several schools located a short distance from the substation.
A mobile home has been set up at the Route 66 Casino that will serve as a Fire Substation. We are anticipating the station to be in service by mid-year, 2013, similar to the new fire Station in Old Laguna. Again, response times to the Casino and the Rio Puerco area will be improved dramatically.
With the additional fire stations being approved by the State Fire Marshall, it will lead to a substantial increase in the State Fire Fund money allocation to the Laguna Fire and Rescue Department. The current annual base allocation of $34,900 will increase to approximately $200,000 or more per year. With the additional stations, the funding will be utilized for purchasing additional equipment, repair and maintenance of fire apparatus among other needs.