Doña Ana County



The Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department will hold a series of public workshops for residents interested in applying for paid firefighting positions in Doña Ana County’s busiest volunteer fire districts. Six positional already have been filled, with nine additional spots remaining.

The workshops begin at 7 p.m. on March 14, 18 and 26 in the Commission Chambers of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd., in Las Cruces. In addition to the workshops, a practice session for the physical-abilities requirements of service will be staged from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 22, at the Doña Ana County Office of Emergency Management at 1107 N. Solano Dr., in Las Cruces.

Fire Marshal Paul Chavez said he hopes to recruit men and women who want to become firefighters in a progressive organization that serves the county in the areas of fire suppression, emergency medical response, fire prevention and education, and emergency management.

Each position offers paid vacation and sick leave, a 20-year retirement program, short- and long-term disability benefits, and optional health, life, dental, vision, and legal plans.

Each applicant must possess a valid New Mexico driver’s license and a high-school diploma or GED. Other requirements are posted in the job listing, which is available at the Doña Ana County Human Resources Department, as well as on the “Job Line” link from the county’s Internet home page at

Preferred applicants include certified firefighters, certified paramedics, Doña Ana County volunteer firefighters, hazardous-materials technicians and others with experience in the field.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.