CHRISTMAS EVE will be Fire Department Chief Paul Babcock's last day on the job, as he embarks on a well-earned retirement. Assistant Chief Brian Moya takes over as Chief on Christmas Day.
Chief Babcock began his career with the department in 1990 and was named Fire Chief in 2018. His notable achievements include the development and expansion of the emergency medical services (EMS) division, including the creation of the Alternative Response Unit. He expanded case management services for behavioral health needs, championing the City’s Code Blue Program, which deploys fire crews to do wellness checks, distribute sleeping bags, and transport unsheltered people to shelter during frigid temperatures.
Chief Babcock says: “I am as humbled today as I was on the day I accepted the position. The Fire Department’s greatest asset is its personnel, as they are the frontline in providing vital services to the community.”
Chief Brian Moya is part of a fire service family. His father, Steve Moya, is a retired Assistant Fire Chief with Santa Fe County Fire Department; his mother, Jean Moya, is currently the Fire Chief of Galisteo Volunteer Fire Department; his wife, Melissa, is currently employed with Santa Fe County Fire Department. He joined the department in 2002.
"I am looking forward to working alongside the exceptional men and women of the department and continuing the vision laid in front of me by my predecessors," says Chief Moya.