About EMIFPA

Officers Affiliated Agencies Affiliated Businesses

  • President: Chris Gober – Bernalillo County Fire and Rescue
  • Vice President: Tim Kirkpatrick – Public Representative
  • Treasurer: Deb Stefan – resident
  • Secretary: Joe Gober – La Madera Volunteer Fire Department
  • Member-At-Large: Tom Stuart – resident
  • Member-At-Large: Tom Walmsley – Bern. Co. Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

  • Sandia Ranger District, Cibola National Forest
  • Forestry Division of NM EMNRD
  • Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department
  • Sandoval County Fire Department, La Madera District
  • Bernalillo County Fire and Rescue
  • Bernalillo County Office of Emergency Management
  • Albuquerque Fire Department
  • Tijeras Fire Department
  • Santa Fe County Fire Department
  • Ciudad Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Edgewood Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs

  • WeckTech
  • The Independent
  • Mountain View Telegraph
  • Trail Rider Pizza
  • Fenix Fire Services Consulting

EMIFPA, the East Mountain Interagency Fire Protection Association, serves eastern Bernalillo, eastern Sandoval, western Torrance, and southwestern Santa Fe Counties in New Mexico. EMIFPA members include fire protection, emergency management, and law enforcement agencies, as well as local residents and businesses. They work as partners to help make the East Mountain area as safe as possible from injury or property damage resulting from fire.

Two wildland urban interface (WUI) fires in New Mexico in 1989 required an inter-agency response. The East Mountain Interagency Fire Protection Association (EMIFPA) was founded when local agencies started talking with each other about the problems associated with the two fires. Greater understanding of WUI fire danger in New Mexico and the Albuquerque area developed. The Association grew and included a diverse membership of federal, state, county, municipal and village governments. Over time a broader base of participation and support has evolved, while retaining the core emphasis on inter-agency communication, coordination, and partnership.

Its present membership includes numerous agencies, neighborhood associations, local residents and businesses. EMIFPA meetings provide a regular occasion to foster communication among all the participants, and to identify issues which require cooperative response.

EMIFPA services to the East Mountain community include agency training and education; community awareness education and outreach; project coordination; and inter-agency coordination and collaboration to address the unique challenges presented in the region.

EMIFPA offers technical and other assistance to residents and property owners in emergency preparedness and risk reduction. In addition to workshops, seminars, and other training, EMIFPA can arrange to meet with neighborhood associations and other local groups to discuss such issues as evacuation planning, defensible space, and other proactive measures to help protect lives and property.

To become a member, get involved as a volunteer, obtain training, or participate in EMIFPA programs, please contact us for more information.