Firefighter Information


The department operates with a three-battalion system which is supervised by a shift Battalion Chief. Each station is staffed with a Captain, a firefighter/paramedic and 2 firefighter/EMTs at minimum. Two stations are staffed with an additional driver/engineer. The firefighters work on a 48-hour schedule and have 96-hours off duty. While on duty, fire personnel are responsible for responding to fire, medical and public assistance calls throughout the city. They also participate in daily training, pre-fire planning, and station chores.

The department's administration consists of a training division, which is staffed by the Training Chief and a Training/Logistics Captain. The EMS division is managed by an EMS Chief and EMS Captain.Fire Inspections, under the direction of the Fire Marshall, directs inspections and fire investigations. The Emergency Management Office and an administrative assistant are also under administration.

Certifications & Training

Training within the department includes Firefighter I and Firefighter II certifications. Emergency medical training includes continuing education and refresher classes for EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic licensure level. Additional training is available in Hazardous Materials response, and Technical Rescue disciplines.

As part of the benefit package one receives, you are paid for working scheduled holidays.If you work the holiday you receive pay for double the number of hours you work.For example, work 24 hrs receive an additional 24 hrs for that day.If you do not work the day of the scheduled holiday then you would receive 8 hrs of additional pay for that day.With this benefit you will receive at least 88 hours of additional pay per year.At the current rate of a firefighter, this adds an additional $980 to your yearly salary.At the current rate of a paramedic, this would add $1,113 to your yearly salary.

Firefighter Schedule & Benefits

Firefighters work a 48-hour shift and have 96-hours off. Floor personnel have an additional day-off every six weeks. This schedule equates to a 53-hour work week. Fire personnel have the ability to shift trade with other members within their position and they are paid double for holidays worked.

Benefits include:
  • Health insurance, both single and family coverage
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Investment opportunities
  • 20-year state retirement (City pays 75% of employee contribution)
  • Personal Time Off

Related Forms

To apply for a position as a Firefighter at the City of Rio Rancho, please complete the on-line application form found at this link: Current Job Openings

In addition, you will need to print a Medical Clearance Form, take it to your physician for completion, and bring it with you when you come to Department for testing.This form must be completed within 30 days of your testing appointment. Reading the PDF documents on this site requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for free from Adobe.Please click here to download for free.