Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue was established in 1995 after Huie Ley and Eric Roybal petitioned the San Miguel County commission to establish a Fire Protection District in the Pecos Canyon. The commission and the State Fire Marshal`s Office recognized the need and approved the request.
A location was found and shortly thereafter, Scott and Kay Rice graciously leased the current site of our fire station to us and our station was built a few years later.
It takes many, many volunteer hours to build an entire fire department from the ground up and to maintain it. Since that time many people have contributed to the department as officers and firefighters and their hard work has helped us acquire the equipment and the skills we have today.
Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue’s district begins at the northern boundary of the village of Pecos and includes the entire Pecos Canyon which is almost exclusively a wildland/urban interface area, meaning that residences are very close to trees, grass and other natural fuels and a house fire can easily cause a wild fire and as well, a wildfire has great potential to damage homes. With almost 500 homes in our district, and one way in/one way out, the threat of wildfire is huge.
The San Miguel County, New Mexico Wildland Urban Interface Community Wildfire Protection Plan identifies almost our entire fire district as having a high or a very high relative hazard ranking and the two most extreme areas identified happen to be in our district as well; Dalton Canyon and Grass Mountain.
One of the biggest challenges regarding fire suppression in our district is a water supply. We have no municipal water supply and no fire hydrants in our district. We do however have natural water supplies and we have identified many that are usable to us. There is a great need to identify, upgrade and create more water supplies that would be accessible for fire suppression. We currently have one 10,000 gallon tank with a “Dry hydrant” in the La Posada area and our goal is to increase our water supply by adding more dry hydrants to gain a good, clean, year around water source. If you have a water source on your property that could be of value to us, please let us know and we will come by and inspect it.
Currently, Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue has an ISO rating of 9. We are preparing to be re-inspected soon and hope to gain a rating of 8b which should mean a savings to some residents on their home insurance and also mean more money for the department.
One long range goal is to find property in the Cowles or Grass Mountain area for a substation. It would be very beneficial to residents to have a 2 or 3 bay station where we could keep a few pieces of apparatus which would shorten our response time to the upper Pecos Canyon. If you know of a piece of property with year around access that might be available, please let us know.
We are here to serve you in your time of need. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions to help improve our services, please contact us.
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