Las Cruces Fire Department

The men and women of the Las Cruces Fire Department strive to provide prevention, response and recovery services to residents, businesses, and visitors so they can experience a safe community and receive compassionate care in their time of need. 

Jason Smith is Chief and oversees 179 sworn firefighters in two battalions manning eight fire stations throughout the city. A new fire station, slated to be built on the city’s east mesa north of Highway 70, is in the planning stages. 

Las Cruces fire also staffs four Mobile Integrated Health personnel, four support staff and one fire protection engineer. Fire personnel respond to roughly 17,000 emergency and non-emergency responses and provide initial care to about 9,000 patients each year. 

LCFD has three highly trained and specialized response teams: the Technical Rescue Team, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Team and the Hazardous Materials Response Team. The Technical Response Team has gained regional and national exposure in the last few years by assisting with coordinated life-saving rescues in the rugged Organ Mountains and elsewhere throughout southern New Mexico. 

The Las Cruces Fire Department is here to help in your time of need and provide proactive services to help keep our community safe. 

Las Cruces Fire Now Billing for Ambulance Services

The Las Cruces Fire Department, which has been offering ground ambulance transportation on a limited basis since 2013, began billing for the services on July 1, 2023.

The billing is required as part of an agreement between the City of Las Cruces, Dona Ana County and American Medical Response which has been providing ground transportation services throughout the county for several years.

LCFD’s billing includes rates equivalent to AMR with potential reductions for individuals and families in financial hardship.

Las Cruces fire has retained the services of an outside business, EMS Management and Consultants, to process billing and collect payments. EMS Management and Consultants is located in Winston-Salem, N.C.

In May 2021 the City received its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to provide ambulance service. The certificate allows LCFD Squad Units to provide emergency ambulance service for sick, injured or deceased residents in Las Cruces or Doña Ana County.

LCFD currently has three Squad units.

AMR will continue to provide ground ambulance services in Las Cruces and throughout Dona Ana County. The services provided by the Las Cruces Fire Department enhance ambulance services and helps improve response times within City limits.