Fire Department

Welcome to the Belen Fire Department

Serving our community since 1921

Community - Honor - Duty

I.S.O. Class 4

The City of Belen Fire Department was officially formed on June 13, 1921 (Ordinance No. 28) primarily as a one engine volunteer company. Since then, we have rapidly transformed into a combination department which is made up of career and volunteer fire fighters. Your fire fighters protect approximately 8 square miles and a resident population of approximately 7,500 citizens and those passing through and visiting our town.

We serve our citizens from 2 main stations and 1 sub-station that is located at the Belen Alexander Airport on the west mesa. Our department is committed to serving the public 24-hours a day. We maintain 3 engine companies, 1 ladder truck, 2 wildland/brush trucks, and 2 medical rescue units.

Our department is divided into 3 divisions: Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Fire Prevention & Code Enforcement. The fire suppression division oversees training and operational procedures for live firefighting and response. The EMS division oversees that all licensed medical personnel are provided with continuing education hours, quality assurance, and that all EMT personnel follow standard operating guidelines and protocols.

The Fire Prevention & Code Enforcement division is responsible for the development, administration, and enforcement of all fire-hazard and life safety codes for all commercial buildings and facilities. They also review new construction plans or modifications, inspect public occupancies and businesses for fire hazards, and provides fire safety education to the public.

Our Mission

The Mission of the City of Belen Fire Department is to serve the citizens of Belen with respect and integrity by providing emergency services at their time of need by protecting lives and property.

Fire Department Contact & Hours


Dispatch Number: 505-865-2039

Non-Emergency Dispatch Number: 505-865-9130

OPEN BURNING:  505-866-2036  (If you reside in city limits, you must have a valid burn permit issued by the fire department)

Our main fire station is located in downtown Belen at 121 S. 5th Street, Belen, NM. 87002

Non-Emergency Phone Number:  505-966-2714

The administrative/business office of the fire department is open Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm closed on weekends and holidays.

Fire Department Mailing address is:  100 S. Main Street - Belen, NM 87002-3636

Fire Department Leadership

Charles Cox, Fire Chief
Phone: 505-966-2710
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Michael Wessels, Deputy Fire Chief
Phone: 505-966-2709
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Kenneth Vance, Fire Marshal 
Phone: 505-966-2717
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