About the Lovington Fire Department
Who We Are
The Lovington Fire Department was officially established on April 7th, 1931 as a volunteer department. On July 1st, 1972, the City of Lovington Fire Department assumed ambulance responsibilities. In 1985, the fire department made the transition to a full time paid department and absorbed the volunteers as part time employees in 1992. Today, the Lovington Fire Department employs twenty-one full time personnel.
Our fire department is responsible for providing fire protection and emergency medical services care and transport to the citizens of Lovington and Lea County, NM. Our shift personnel are IFSAC certified Firefighter II’s, and we currently have EMT-Paramedics, EMT-Intermediates, and EMT-Basics on staff. Our personnel are encouraged to continuously train to improve the level of services we can provide to our customers.
It is the goal of the Lovington Fire Department to provide the highest quality service to the citizens we serve. Our department has come a long was since 1931 and is appreciative of the support we receive from the citizens of Lovington and Lea County. After all, without them we would not be the professional and progressive department we have become.
History of Lovington Fire Department EMS
The Lovington Fire Department assumed ambulance responsibilities for the City of Lovington in 1972 and has made significant progress at delivering high quality care to the citizen and visitors of Lovington and surrounding Lea County. The EMS division is responsible for providing BLS and ALS emergency medical care and transport for 1,108 square miles of southeastern New Mexico. Our EMS Division is ever expanding, and with our dedicated personnel we continue to improve the quality of patient care and customer service we deliver.
Each individual who is employed by the department is required to obtain, at a minimum, a license to practice at the NM EMT-Intermediate level. The City of Lovington also encourages and will provide training to those employees who wish to attain Paramedic level licensure. To maintain the quality of care and to meet license renewal requirements, our EMS Division provides continuing education free of charge. In order to help other career and volunteer EMS personnel, we also provide this training free of charge.
Our department is constantly finding ways to improve the quality of life of our patients. Along with investing in state of the art equipment and techniques, our department is also delving into the research arena. At present, the EMS Division is collaborating with the University of New Mexico, Dr. Hunter Hoffman, and the Hobbs Fire Department to research the effectiveness of virtual reality as an alternative prehospital treatment for pain.
We continually strive to improve our EMS Division, and we strongly feel that we provide the best and highest quality prehospital medical care in southeastern New Mexico.
The Lovington Fire Department is affiliated with The University of New Mexico and Eastern New Mexico University Roswell! We are working quickly to offer more EMT classes throughout the year. With the public in mind we are also attempting to keep the tuition as low as possible. Please revisit this page regularly to stay informed with upcoming classes.