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LANB Employees Evacuate Due To Burning Odor

on October 20, 2017 - 4:33pm

A line of Los Alamos National Bank employees wait in the bank parking lot this afternoon while Los Alamos Firefighters check out a burning electrical odor permeating inside the building at 1200 Trinity Dr. Los Alamos Market President Liddie Martinez explained the burning electrical odor set off the building's alarm around 1:10 p.m. and the fire department immediately responded to the scene. Martinez said the fire department did a full sweep of the building but the smell was concentrated to the second floor.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Thank You For Your Service

on October 19, 2017 - 4:29pm
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

In Spring 2000 I went on a bit of a shopping spree at the Dillard’s 70 percent off end-of-season sale. I bought new North Face ski jackets for the whole family—two adults and three teenagers. I spent hundreds of dollars, but I saved over a thousand dollars and I thought it was a great deal -- and we would no longer have to sport our trendy ‘80s color-block ski gear we had been wearing for years (yeah!).

Giddy with excitement, I hid the new jackets in the back of the coat closet until I had an appropriate moment to share the joyous news of my tremendous

Valles Caldera Plans Fall Prescribed Burns

on October 19, 2017 - 6:33am
NPS News:
 
Valles Caldera National Preserve initiated prescribed burn projects this week. The prescribed burn are within an approximately 2,330-acre project area in the Banco Bonito district of the preserve – north of N.M. 4 near mile marker 30.
 
The burn operations will be completed within a 3-10 day period. Brief traffic delays may occur during this time, but are not expected to cause road closures or disrupt visitor activities elsewhere on the preserve. 
 
Through the prescribed burn, National Park Service officials hope to decrease the potential for future high-intensity fires by

SFNF: Two Prescribed Burns Proceed

on October 18, 2017 - 8:25am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are taking advantage of favorable fall conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to proceed with two previously announced prescribed burns.
 
Crews are working on both the 536-acre Cedar Springs prescribed burn on the Cuba Ranger District and the 2,515-acre Mesitas prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District. The Cedar Springs unit is located north of the community of LLaves and the Dead Man Lookout.

Memorial For Former LAFD Capt. John H. Snyder

on October 17, 2017 - 10:42pm
Former Los Alamos Fire Department Capt. John H. Snyder. Courtesy photo

LAFD News:

 
The Los Alamos Fire Department is sad to announce the passing of former Capt. John H. Snyder. John died Saturday, Oct. 14 after battling cancer for several months. A memorial service is being held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Los Alamos High School Griffin Gym.
 
During his career, John was a Paramedic-Captain and Support Officer.

Benson: How Do We Express Our Profound Gratitude?

on October 16, 2017 - 4:50pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

As the fires destroy, devour, and incinerate whole communities in California, as the Reel Deal shows Only the Brave, the story about the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew that saved the Valles Caldera Cabin District just weeks before they went off to die in Arizona I remember our own Los Alamos firefighters who were first on the line as they teamed with other crews from around the country to save our town during the 2000 Cerro Grande Fire.

When I was young I fought fire with the Forest Service out of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

LAFD Elite Combat Challenge Team Reaches High

on October 12, 2017 - 9:00am

Los Alamos Fire Department Driver-Engineer Gregg Hecathorn opens the hood on the Department's burn car prop while demonstrating how firefighters extinguish vehicle fires during a training demonstration Monday for the community. Hecathorn normally drives and runs the truck's pump panel but opted to ‘play’ a little. He is a member of the LAFD Firefighter Combat Challenge Team. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Combat Challenge Team members, from left, Aron Williams, Kevin Kamplain, Gregg Hecathorn, David Apodaca and John Bialy after taking third

Scenes From LAFD Station 4 Open House

on October 12, 2017 - 7:28am

Daisy Scouts from Troop 10074 participate in activities planned for them at an open house Wednesday evening at Los Alamos Fire Department Station 4 on Diamond Drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Iris Polski tries the driver's seat for size in a fire truck Wednesday evening at LAFD Station 4. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Two and a half year old Robby Minotti gets busy pulling rope at the open house Wednesday evening at LAFD Station 4 on Diamond Drive. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAFD Firefighter Dwight Williams, his wife Anna and daughter Ginny at Wednesday's

Firefighter Eric Gallegos Earns 5-Year Service Award

on October 11, 2017 - 8:52am

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Eric Gallegos receives his five-year service award Monday from Battallion Chief Steve Saiz, left, and Deputy Chief Steve Dawald. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

COUNTY: Wildfire Science On Tap Thursday

on October 10, 2017 - 12:26pm
COUNTY News:
 
This week is Fire Prevention Week and next Friday, Oct. 20, the Reel Deal Theater will join the nation in opening the film, “Only the Brave,” the story of the heroes who battled the Yarnell Hill Fire, one of the deadliest wildland fires in history, located outside Prescott, Ariz., which claimed the lives of 19 of the 20 hotshots June 30, 2013.
 
In recognition of this focus on fire prevention and protection, the Los Alamos Creative District is hosting a special “Wildfire Science On Tap” 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12 at UnQuarked – The Wine Room in Los Alamos.
 
LAFD

Fall Prescribed Burns On Jemez Ranger District

on October 10, 2017 - 6:17am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable fall conditions to conduct prescribed burns as early as Monday, Oct. 16. 
 
That window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.
 
The primary target is a planned broadcast burn on the 1,950-acre Stable unit located about 5 miles northwest of Jemez Springs, 8 miles north of Gilman and 6 miles west of La Cueva. 
 
Additional projects fire managers are considering for this fall include:

Family Council Boots & Badges Fall Ball Nov. 11

on October 5, 2017 - 9:09am

Los Alamos Family Council Executive Director Joy Beery, seated, and Counseling Center Program Director Cheryl Pongratz Tuesday morning at LAFC on Nectar and 15th. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos Family Council (LAFC) is raising money to provide crisis intervention services to those in need throughout the region and at the same time pay tribute to local police, firefighters and veterans.

LAFC is hosting a dinner, dance and auction fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Veteran’s Day, Nov.

LAFD Fire Prevention Week: ‘Every Second Counts … Plan 2 Ways Out!’

on October 4, 2017 - 6:01pm

LAFD News:

You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds: Do you know what to do?

Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation.

Scenes From LAFD Resuscitation Academy

on September 30, 2017 - 7:13am

Representatives of EMS agencies from throughout the state attend the classroom portion of the Resuscitation Academy hosted by Los Alamos Fire Department Friday at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone, left, and LAFD EMS Training Coordinator Donna McHenry chat with Chief James Brothers of Maryland Resuscitation Academy at the LAFD-sponsored Resuscitation Academy Friday at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Capt. James Benson of Abiquiu Volunteer Fire Department, left, and

Council Proclaims Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14

on September 29, 2017 - 6:22am

Councilor Rick Reiss, second from right, presents a proclamation to Fire Chief Troy Hughes, left, and members of his staff during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday in Council Chambers recognizing Oct. 8-14 as Fire Prevention Week. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News: 

Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation, declaring Oct. 8-14 as Fire Prevention Week, to Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and members of his staff Tuesday night during the regular County Council meeting.

Proclamation:

 

WHEREAS: Los Alamos County is committed to ensuring the safety and

Cuba Ranger District Plans Prescribed Burns This Fall

on September 28, 2017 - 6:17am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct previously announced prescribed burns sometime between Oct. 10 and Dec. 31, 2017.
 
Fire managers are looking at three targets for fall burning on the Cuba District:
  • Diego treatment area, 386 acres north of the community of Gilman and east of the Rancho del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp;
  • La Jara treatment area, 338 acres northeast of the community of La Jara; and
  • Cedar Springs

LAFD Marks Five Promotions

on September 27, 2017 - 1:09pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, far left, congratulates Department members on their promotions. From left, Division Chief Kelly Sterna, Captain Luke Washburn, Captain Michael Cayton, Driver Engineer Evan Pulliam and Driver Engineer Daniel Gandara. Courtesy/LAPD

Newly promoted Los Alamos Fire Department Division Chief Kelly Sterna, right, is pinned by Retired Division Chief Francisco Martinez, left, and Retired Battalion Chief Adam Muller. Courtesy/LAFD

Prescribed Burn Set To Start In Gallinas Watershed

on September 27, 2017 - 9:17am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  A prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District may begin today. 
 
The decision to burn on Wednesday will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and available resources. 
 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las Vegas, by reducing the risk for high-intensity wildfire. 
 
The 800-acre Gallinas Watershed treatment area is located approximately 20 miles northwest of

SFNF: Why It Makes Sense To Manage Wildfires Now

on September 27, 2017 - 7:47am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are taking advantage of three unplanned lightning-caused wildfires to achieve significant benefits on the ground, including safer communities and healthier forests and watersheds. 
 
The Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District, Deer Creek Fire on the Jemez Ranger District and Palmer Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District are being managed for resource benefit, part of a national strategy to use low-intensity fire under optimal conditions to reduce the frequency, size and duration of future wildfires. 
 

LAFD Bike Team Demonstrates Safety To Girl Scouts

on September 26, 2017 - 9:46am

The Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team over the weekend discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety with local Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Fire Department Bike Team discuss and demonstrate bicycle safety

Prescribed Fire Training Planned In October On Bureau Of Land Management And State Trust Lands

on September 26, 2017 - 7:01am
BLM News:
 
PENASCO  Taos BLM, the New Mexico State Land Office, The Nature Conservancy’s Fire Learning Network, and the Forest Stewards Guild are organizing a prescribed fire training exchange (TREX) to safely return fire to approximately 500 acres of ponderosa pine and piñon-juniper forests state trust and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of Peñasco.
 
This burn is training new firefighters who will be working alongside highly qualified and experienced firefighters. The TREX also offers advanced training opportunities in a learning environment.

Coyote Ranger District Plans Prescribed Burns

on September 25, 2017 - 11:27am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct previously announced prescribed burns sometime between Sept. 26 and Dec. 31, 2017.
 
Fire managers are looking at three targets for fall burning on the Coyote District:
  • French Mesa treatment area, 5,041 acres located approximately 10 miles north of Gallina
  • Gallina Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) treatment area, 500 acres located 1 mile south of Gallina off of NM Highway

LA Firefighters Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ To Little Girl

on September 25, 2017 - 8:04am
Los Alamos firefighters were working out and playing a game of kickball Sunday at Urban Park when they heard a little girl across the park was celebrating her 7th birthday. They interrupted their game to go over and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her. She thanked them and shared her birthday cake with them. Photo by Marian Flandrick

Prescribed Fire Planned In Gallinas Canyon

on September 25, 2017 - 7:02am

SFNF News:

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct a prescribed burn in Gallinas Canyon on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. The planned burn will include a combination of pile burning and broadcast burning.

The window for the Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn will open Sept. 28 and extend through Dec. 31, 2017. The decision to burn will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts, and available resources.

The 800-acre Gallinas Canyon treatment area is located approximately 20 miles west/southwest of Las Vegas.

Falls Leading Cause Of Death For NM Seniors

on September 23, 2017 - 6:04am

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department recognized National Falls Prevention Day, Sept. 22, by offering suggestions to people over 65 on how to prevent injury or death from falls, according to Donna McHenry of the Emergency Medical Services Division.

McHenry said of all the places where fall-related deaths occurred, the home had the highest rates of occurrence. She suggested that people over 65 assess their homes with the help of a family member or friend if needed and make the usually minor changes needed to reduce their risk of falling.

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