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Despite our best attempts and despite the support and help from many people, today I was officially terminated by San Miguel county.

My experience as a paid fire fighter retiring from Los Alamos Fire department five years ago, taught me what a quality department should consist of and what we needed to do to reach that level. I and the members of the department worked hard toward those goals. My focus during this time was entirely on reaching those goals. We completed many that I am very proud of. Unfortunately, we did not complete all the goals we set out to accomplish.

I would like to thank all of you who supported me and Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue over the years, and especially over the past four years since I became its volunteer Chief.

The status and future of the department is unclear at this point. If you have questions about that, direct them to the San Miguel County manager.

I am very proud of the work we did and the accomplishments made for the benef ~Eric Roybal


San Miguel County has just released the new alert notification system for the area. Go to and sign up! Please share this with everyone you know. ~Eric Roybal


UPDATE: All three call boxes in the canyon are now in full service. We would like to thank all who assisted with this project!


UPDATE: The call box at Terrero is now fully functional.


As most of you know, there is no cell phone service north of mile marker ten in the Pecos Canyon. As a result, if there is an emergency in the canyon, visitors must drive back down the canyon to call 911. To try to minimize this, Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue, with a generous grant from the Philip R. Jonsson Foundation is installing 3 emergency ‏call boxes in the canyon. One call box is at our station, one is at the Terrero Store and the third is at Cowles near the ponds. We have been working on this project for over a year. I am proud to say that our first call box (at our fire station) is in full service! ~Eric Roybal


Home Fires

While we are prepared to respond to a fire at your residence, the reality is that it will take time for us to arrive on scene, especially if you live in a remote area or in an area that might present other challenges in our response.

In order to prepare for a house fire, it is critical that you install smoke detectors, replace batteries twice a year and have several easily accessible fire extinguishers. Also, each bedroom should have an escape route, especially those on a second or third floor. All residents and businesses should have a predetermined assembly area in a safe location so that you can account for everyone in the house. Also keep in mind that creating defensible space around your home not only helps protect it from wildfire but also helps prevent a wildfire should your home catch on fire.

If you have a fire, immediately dial 911 and evacuate everyone from the residence, especially those who might need additional time or assistance. Use fire extinguishers to fight small fires if safe to do so.

If the structure catches fire, and it is safe to do so, close all doors and windows, shut off electricity and gas and evacuate to your assembly area and await the Fire Department. If possible, use a neighbor’s phone or a cell phone to dial 911 and to keep dispatchers informed as the incident progresses.

We highly recommend that you fill out a Pre-Incident Plan form from this website and get it back to us which will help us better respond to your emergency. A Pre-Incident Plan can be very helpful to emergency responders. Click here to access the Pre-Incident Plan.

Remember, structures and personal property can be replaced, lives cannot.

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