Emergency Management


Our Mission is to provide a comprehensive and integrated emergency management system that coordinates community resources to protect lives, property, and the environment through mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from all natural and man-made hazards that may impact our county.

  Emergency Management is a vital link in a network of services, which makes it possible for natural disasters and large-scale emergencies to be mitigated and dealt with effectively. The Job of this Office is to assist in all natural and man-made disaster situations when a municipality or the county has exhausted its immediately available local and mutual aid resources, and when there is potential for immediate or long-range danger to life or property. Terrorism planning has also been added to this office in response to the events of September 11, 2001.

The office developers and promulgates emergency plans. We direct the emergency services activities throughout the county during a state of emergency, we also administer the implementation and administration of the County Emergency Services Districts throughout the county. 

The Office of Emergency Management is a county office that is mandated by the State of New Mexico. It is supported by county funds that are partially reimbursed by federal and state grants. 


Emergency Manager/Fire Marshal


Mr. Middleton was raised in Arizona and graduated from Casa Grande Union High School, with both parents being Arizona State Troopers. Emergency Services being a career he would always want to pursue. Shortly after proudly serving his country in the U.S. Army, Dustin started his career as a Volunteer Firefighter in Eager, Arizona. He then moved to Sanders, AZ where he worked for the Arizona Office of Tourism as a travel counselor. During this time Dustin also volunteered with Puerco Valley Fire/EMS District where he had obtained his National Registry EMT as well as his AZ. State certified EMT within his first year. As the state began its budget cuts, Dustin’s position with AOT was also cut, despite the loss, Dustin was hired on full time with Puerco Valley Fire/EMS District. In the years to follow Dustin had received many certifications to include his IFCAC Certified Firefighter I-II, and in early 2004 was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and proudly worked for 13 years.

In the last 6 years working with Puerco Valley Fire/EMS District, Dustin also volunteered with the Arizona Rangers which is a Law Enforcement Auxiliary that is governed and supported by the Governor to support any law enforcement.

Dustin left Puerco Valley Fire in 2012 and began a career with Kurtz Industrial Fire Services, stationed at Western Refining in Jamestown, NM where he worked as a Captain and obtained his Certified Industrial Firefighter, Haz-Mat Technician, and Rope Rescue/Confined Space Technician. In that time he had moved his family to Grants, NM which has been a dream spot to call home as he has always had family living here. After moving to Grants, Dustin felt the need to give to the community, so he began volunteering with Lobo Canyon Fire District, as the Assistant Chief, and continues to volunteer with the Cibola County Sheriff’s Office Posse as a Special Deputy.  

In September 2015, Dustin began working for Cibola County as the Emergency Manager/ County Fire Marshal, with all of his experience, has found his place.

Dustin has obtained his professional development series course through FEMA’s EMI and is currently working on his Advanced Professional certification for Emergency Managers, as well as attending NM Edge program to achieve his Certified Public Manager striving to become a better manager and a better leader.

In Dustin’s different careers, he has always found a desire to volunteer and give back to his community.


Office of Emergency Management


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Cibola County Office of Emergency Management/Emergency Services 
515 W. High St. Suite B
Grants, NM 87020

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