We are a rural fire department located between Taos and Angel Fire NM, proudly protecting 850 people living in an area of about 60 square miles. The area covered by our district includes Taos Canyon, Shady Brook, and El Valle Escondido, as well as the surrounding areas. Fire operations often require supporting the Forest Service in eliminating fires in the surrounding Carson National Forest as well. Our department is a public department whose members are on a volunteer status. We have an ISO rating of 9. We are now working on an ISO rating of 8 or lower by upgrading equipment and training, and by installing dry-hydrants at ponds located in our district. Our primary water source now is a small stream running through our community. Rio Fernando also provides First Responder EMS care to the residents of the Rio Fernando Fire District.