Welcome, and thank you for visiting the Animas Vol. Fire & Rescue Department website.
The Animas Vol. Fire & Rescue Department is comprised of two districts, District 1 (Animas Valley) and District 2 (Playas Valley).
The Animas Vol. Fire & Rescue Department District 1 ,is the oldest county fire department in Hidalgo County and was organized in 1973 and officially founded on January 15, 1975 by the citizens of Animas to provide fire protection for the community. The station was built June 1, 1979 and had a two bay addition built in 1998.
District 2 was originally organized and founded as the Playas Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department on June 11, 1985. On October 3, 2021 the Animas Vol. Fire & Rescue Dept was asked to operate the Playas Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department. On July 12, 2022 the Hidalgo County Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 34-2022 consolidating the Playas Volunteer Fire Fire & Rescue and the Animas Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, making the Playas Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department the Animas Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department Station 2. Station 1 is located in the town of Animas is located in Hidalgo County, 25 miles south of I-10. Animas is a small ranching and farming community of 237 (2010 census). Station 2 is located in the community of Windmill, 12 miles east of Animas. Both districts provide coverage to over 1,500 square miles of Private, State and BLM Lands.
Our capabilities range from structural protection, wildland and urban interface, rescue and public education. We provide automatic aid for Cotton City Vol. Fire Dept. as well as provide mutual aid to the Rodeo Vol. Fire Dept. We are completely state funded by the NM State Fire Marshal's Office through the New Mexico PRC.
Throughout this website you will find information about the programs and services offered by the Animas Vol. Fire & Rescue Department. You will find listings of our physical and e-mail addresses as well as telephone numbers throughout the site. We encourage you to contact us if there is any information you desire.
We hope this site will introduce you to who we are and what we do. Our goal is to protect the citizens and property of Animas & Windmill.