Our Stories

These random acts represent the history of how our firefighters have stepped back into the community to help those in need. Simultaneously, firefighters are replacing some of the memories of the crud and chaos that they have acquired on 911 scenes with memories of helping those in need; as well as being impacted in ways they didn’t know were possible. This page will continue to grow and expand so check back often.

  • Mtn. Run fire victims

    Mtn. Run fire victims

    Last week a fire at the Mountain Run Apartment complex devastated the lives of eight families that lost everything. One of those family really captured the hearts of the firefighters who responded to the fire because one of the items lost in the fire was this family's son's prosthetic leg.

  • Dimas Family

    Dimas Family

    The Dimas family experienced a tragic fire at which they lost everything. Random Acts took them to Walmart and let them buy the things they needed to get back on their feet.

  • Thanksgiving 2013

    Thanksgiving 2013

    Firefighters were asked to identify people in their districts who could use a fully cooked Thanksgiving dinner. 52 families were nominated and all of them received a meal this morning. Thanks to Afd station 5 that allowed us to distribute them out of their station and to all our amazing volunteers that came out to help.

  • Fire Truck Donation to LA

    Fire Truck Donation to LA

    Random Acts was able to facilitate the donation of a 2001 fire truck to a small Dept in Louisiana that was devastated by flooding.

  • Julio's Random Act

    Julio’s Random Act

    Random Acts and AFD made Julio, who was battling cancer, an Honorary Firefighter and bestowed on him the firefighters challenge coin. He was a special young man and we are better for having known him.

  • Madalyne's family

    Madalyne’s family

    Madalyne and her family experienced a devastating house fire a few months ago. They lost pretty much everything and firefighters nominated her to receive a random act to get some groceries and clothes and get back on her feet.

  • Anne's Random Act

    Anne’s Random Act

    A BCFD FFs wife, Anne contacted us about an amazing family in need. Their circumstances left them with no furniture, beds, or basic household goods. Random Acts was able to get them furniture, Beds for Kids gave them all new beds (thanks Steve), and we got them groceries and some school clothes for the kids

  • Cindy H's Random Act

    Cindy H’s Random Act

    A firefighters daughter nominated one of her class mates for a random act. She was very sick in the hospital and and Engine, a Rescue, and a ton of firefighters went to visit her... bringing along get well wishes and gifts.

  • R6 helps family with new stove

    R6 helps family with new stove

    R6 was able to help a family with a badly leaking stove and non-functioning refrigerator. Builders Source helped us out with material costs and even sent a tech to install the stove. The family was elated and can now sleep well at night without worrying about the gas and spoiled food. What a great random act!!!

  • HUD Senior Center Thanksgiving

    HUD Senior Center Thanksgiving

    For Thanksgiving 2015 some the the Board of Directors of The Firefighters Random Acts along with L15, E15, R15 and a few wonderful volunteers served food to 150 residence at a HUD senior living facility.

  • New scooter

    New scooter

    Firefighters Random Acts partnered with Lobo Scooter to provide a brand new scooter to Patrick, an Albuquerque resident who had his stolen

  • Annual Christmas Party

    Annual Christmas Party

    Every year Random Acts partners with NM Solutions, and Albuquerque area foster agency, to provide specific gifts to all their foster kids. This is three years worth of Christmas memories.

  • Chanel's Heart Surgery

    Chanel’s Heart Surgery

    Random Acts is trying to help a young girl raise money to combat the mounting medical expenses for open heart surgery

  • 2013 wrapping party

    2013 wrapping party

    Can't even express what a huge success today was. We had tons of volunteers, all eager and excited to get all the gifts wrapped. We had everything done pretty quickly and you could really sense a feeling of joy in knowing nearly 200 kids were going to rip all this paper to shreds and enjoy these toys

  • AFD 21s Cibola Student

    AFD 21s Cibola Student

    One of the crews at AFDs Station 21 contacted Random Acts about a student at an area high school that they encountered. The student was in need of some school supplies, shoes, and clothing for the upcoming school year.

  • Thanksgiving meals 2015

    Thanksgiving meals 2015

    We at Random Acts can hardly believe the number of volunteers we had come out to help us today. We had identified 156 families in need of Thanksgiving meals

  • AFD 8s Random Act

    AFD 8s Random Act

    Great job to station 8s crew who diligently worked to help a stranded family. We were able to get them some food, put gas in their car, an put them up in a hotel for a few days. The crews and family were deeply impacted and were able to get back on the road a few days later rested and with full bellies.

  • Escuella Luz

    Escuella Luz

    A small school in AFD'd District 5 is comprised of three building and after running a call there we found out not one of them had heat. Random Acts bought heaters for the other buildings and an AFD firefighter that is also an licensed electrician installed them for us. The kids were almost more excited about the heat than they were the trucks and firefighters who can to deliver the heaters.

  • Coral community Book and Balls for kids

    Coral community Book and Balls for kids

    We had such a great time donating nearly $700 dollars in books to Coral Community Charter school and having our buddy Tim Harris help out by talking to the kids about the importance of school and saying no to bullying

  • Station 31 BMX helmet project

    Station 31 BMX helmet project

    FF B. Harris contacted Random Acts because he saw lots of kids riding bikes at the BMX park next door to BCFD Station 31 without helmets.

  • Ceasar


    In December 2007, Random Acts was contacted about a young boy named Ceasar who was in a long battle with cancer... Random Acts came to the hospital and surprised Cesar with all of his favorite gifts!

  • Shopping party 2013

    Shopping party 2013

    Random acts and tons of volunteers invaded Walmart every year to shop for nearly 200 under privileged children....thanks to E40, E12, and R12 and all our volunteers who helped us shop this year.

  • Samantha's random Act E/R33

    Samantha’s random Act E/R33

    Samantha, along with her two kids aged 2 and 6, lost everything in a fire a few weeks ago. Still trying to recover, they needed a few items to get back on their feet.

  • Smoke Detector Project

    Smoke Detector Project

    Firefighters Random Acts partnered with the American Red Cross to provide people with free smoke detectors. On August 8th a woman died in SW Albuq, in part because there was no smoke detectors in her home.

  • Random Acts of Thanksgiving 2014

    Random Acts of Thanksgiving 2014

    Random Acts identified, with the help of the Albuquerque Rescue Mission and firefighters on the trucks, 106 families that were in need of help for Thanksgiving

  • Kassandra Random Act

    Kassandra Random Act

    Kassandra Random Act

  • Miller's RA

    Miller’s RA

    Mr Miller was with Detroit PD for 28 years and retired here in Albuquerque with his wife. Unfortunately, he has been diagnosed with cancer and much of the farm work has become difficult. We asked how we could help and they immediately mentioned their broken cart.

  • Make-a-wish build

    Make-a-wish build

    Early on in our history the Make-a-wish foundation contacted us to see if we would help them with a project. There was a little boy with a terminal illness who was granted any wish he wanted. His choice was to build a playground in his back yard that he and his little brother could enjoy while he was here and create solid memories for him for the future.

  • Jacob's Bike

    Jacob’s Bike

    6year old Jacob was hit by a car last month and suffered severe injuries. The crews of AFD Engine 1 and Rescue 1 wanted to surprise Jacob with a new bike, helmet, and wheel reflectors so that when he was recovered nothing would stop him from ridding again

  • AFD E8 & R16 ramp

    AFD E8 & R16 ramp

    The crews from AFD E8 & R16 kept running calls for a woman in their district that was wheelchair bound and always having a hard time getting in and out of the house for ongoing cancer treatments. The crews got together, designed and built a wheelchair ramp

  • BCFD 41s new car seats

    BCFD 41s new car seats

    once your car seats have been involved in an accident you have to get rid of them and replace them. See how Random Acts helped the crews at BCFD 41s help a family after a wreck.

  • Hug-a-Thon2


    The second annual Hug a Thon where the amazing Tim Harris give out hugs and collects money to benefit the firefighters random acts

  • Our Buddy Sean

    Our Buddy Sean

    Our buddy Sean is so special to us. Sean loves firefighters and will ONLY wear firefighter the shirts. Every year for his birthday we swing by his house with a new supply of shirts and let him check out all the trucks.

  • Megan's Random Act

    Megan’s Random Act

    Random Acts and the Albuquerque Fire Department presented 11 year old Megan Sanchez with a few gifts on Wednesday, February 5th while she recovers from a motorcycle crash at which she lost her father.

  • Carmen's New Car

    Carmen’s New Car

    Random acts firefighters donated a car filled with groceries to Carmen, an Albuquerque grandmother who is getting custody of her 7 grandchildren and was in desperate need of car and food to take on all those kids.

  • BCFD 34s helps south valley family

    BCFD 34s helps south valley family

    Random Acts was called by BCFD 34 for a family that was really in dire need, if anyone ever needed some kindness it was this family. E34 responded out to the mesa on a trailer fire and found a fully involved trailer, complete loss.

  • 2016 Christmas Party

    2016 Christmas Party

    This year Random Acts had the pleasure of helping 350 children in the Albuquerque area receive Christmas presents who might not have otherwise. We are so blessed to be able to host this event every year.

  • Alicia's Random Act

    Alicia’s Random Act

    Alicia was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was one year old and now she is twelve. She is about to undergo a surgery to try and correct her epilepsy and before she does Random Acts was honored to give her some gifts and show her we considered her a hero

  • Matthew P Random Act

    Matthew P Random Act

    AFD Firefighter Gabe Healey wanted to perform a random acts of kindness for Matthew, a 5 year old who has a rare form of cancer

  • Isacc's Random Act

    Isacc’s Random Act

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  • Rachel's Courtyard

    Rachel’s Courtyard

    Random Acts partnered with Rachel's Courtyard.. the play ground for children at Presbyterian Hospital, to host a 4th of July party for the children too sick to leave the hospital for the holiday. It was a great event ...partnering the firefighters with the children and playing games, throwing water balloons, and eating too much food!!

  • YDI 2015

    YDI 2015

    A lot of Albuquerque families are hurting and living paycheck to paycheck meaning that sometimes Christmas presents for the kids just isn't in the budget. Firefighters Random Acts was able to stand in the gap and help some of these Albuquerque kids today. Firefighters identified 32 children at in Albuquerque area YDI program who would not have gotten presents without the firefighters assistance.

  • Tim's Place

    Tim’s Place

    Tim Harris, the only man with Downs Syndrome to own his own restaurant, hosts his first annual Hug-a-Thon at Tim's Place Restaurant to raise money to support Random Acts.

  • Bernalillo Academy Christmas

    Bernalillo Academy Christmas

    Random Acts surprised all the kids at Bernalillo Academy with specific gifts for the children... gifts that would delight the children, inspire them, unlock parts of their personality, and bring them great joy.

  • Daniel's Random Act

    Daniel’s Random Act

    Random Acts along with AFD E3 were able to take some clothes, shoes, and some games to a brave 8 year old boy who was in a roll over accident in which he lost his mother. We were humbled by his bravery and ask that everyone keep him in your prayers.

  • Sirens For Homeless Project

    Sirens For Homeless Project

    Random Acts partnered with AFD, APD, AAS, BCSO, and BCFD to collect food for the 5000+ homeless children that attend APS here in Albuquerque

  • Wrapping Party 2016

    Wrapping Party 2016

    It takes an army of wrapping elves to pull off wrapping presents for 350 kids in just a few hours. Huge thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers who came out to help, the crew at BCFD 33 for opening up your house to us, and everyone who made today possible!!!

  • Books and Balls Alameda Elementary

    Books and Balls Alameda Elementary

    Random Acts went to Alameda elementary and provided books to the school library, gave every third grader their own dictionary, and then filled the cab with sports balls.

  • Schmitz Random Act

    Schmitz Random Act

    Random Acts firefighters came together to make a room safe for child battling cancer to come home to.

  • Wrap-a-paloza 2015

    Wrap-a-paloza 2015

    Today a phenomenal group of volunteers came together at BCFD station 33 to wrap all the gifts for the nearly 300 children we are giving gifts to this year.

  • Books and Balls @ Pajarito Elementary

    Books and Balls @ Pajarito Elementary

    In December '08 Random Acts did another Books and Balls in honor of late firefighter Ernie Carrasco.

  • La Mesa Christmas 2013

    La Mesa Christmas 2013

    Random Acts was asked to help the kids in La Mesa's Head start program with toys for Christmas. L5 and R5 acted as Santa's elves and every child got a present and a new pair of shoes from Payless Shoes.

  • Rebecca's random act

    Rebecca’s random act

    Random Acts received a nomination to help a family down on their luck that needed a little help getting back on their feet. We were able to deliver beds, groceries, and a couch to the family and they were so grateful that grandpa began to cry thinking of how to thank us. We do these things to bless others but in turn we are blessed beyond measure ourselves.

  • Jackson's help homeless family

    Jackson’s help homeless family

    A few days ago AFD Firefighter Brian Jackson and his family were out grabbing lunch when they noticed a homeless man with four children. They stopped and bought the family lunch but wanted to do more.

  • Thanksgiving 2016

    Thanksgiving 2016

    For Thanksgiving this year the Firefighters Random Acts identified 320 families from all across Abq. that were in need of a holiday meal. We were able to provide them with a fully cooked turkey dinner

  • Shop-a-paloza 2015

    Shop-a-paloza 2015

    Today Random Acts went shopping for the 300 children we are helping this year for Christmas. We had the absolute best group of volunteers and little helpers running around buying presents for children in need.