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What Is A Fireshed And Other Questions: Get Answers At 'Fire Fair' May 12

on May 3, 2016 - 8:59am
GSFC News:
SANTA FE  The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition (GSFC) will host a Fire Fair open house 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center to introduce the concept of a fireshed and what it means to residents of the Santa Fe area.
The GSFFC is a coalition of local, state and federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations and others who are working together to proactively restore fire-adapted forests, safeguard the Santa Fe Watershed and reduce fire risk in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), the area where

County Bids Farewell To Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider

on May 1, 2016 - 12:00pm

At Friday's official farewell event in Council Chambers, Los Alamos County Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider who retired last month, receives a custom hand-made ax from Firefighter and Honor Guard Commander William Nackers. From left, Battalion Chief Steve Dewald, Battalion Chief Joseph Candaleria, Firefighter Honor Guard Commander William Nackers, Retired Deputy Chief Justin Grider, Acting Deputy Chief Paul Grano and Battalion Chief Wendy Servey. Photo by Cori Grider

Retired Los Alamos County Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, center, with Fire Chief Troy Hughes and his wife Jodi Highes.

Prescribed Burn Planned In Española Ranger District

on April 15, 2016 - 7:38am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of warmer weather in May 2016 to conduct the Mesitas prescribed burn on the Española Ranger District. 
The 1,800-acre treatment area is located approximately six miles southwest of Abiquiu, 15 miles north of Los Alamos and 15 miles northwest of Española.
Ignitions are planned to begin May 1, but that window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts. Once ignitions have started, they are expected to last up to seven days.
Prescribed fires are

Fire Chief Troy Hughes Withdraws From Nebraska Interviews, Announces He's Staying In Los Alamos

on April 11, 2016 - 11:36pm

LAFD Fire Chief Troy Hughes


LAFD Fire Chief Troy Hughes announced today that he has chosen to withdraw from the Lincoln, Neb., Fire Chief selection process and remain in Los Alamos. 

Hughes said he had applied for a job opening in Lincoln earlier this month with the goal of being closer to his family, who primarily reside in Nebraska. He said the decision to pursue the job in Nebraska or stay in Los Alamos had been very difficult.

“I spent many restless nights pondering the decision to stay with LAFD or go back to Nebraska,” he said, emphasizing that the importance of

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone Named Harvard EMS Fellow

on April 8, 2016 - 11:46am

LAFD EMS Division Chief Ben Stone


The International Association of Emergency Medical Services Chiefs (IAEMSC) has selected Los Alamos County Fire Department Division Chief Ben Stone as the 2016 INTERMEDIX/IAEMSC Harvard Fellowship recipient. 

Chief Stone was selected from a highly competitive candidate pool of qualified EMS chiefs to participate in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

LAFD Conducts ‘Last Call’ For Howard Richerson

on April 7, 2016 - 1:57pm
Los Alamos Fire Department personnel honor one of their own Friday with a special ‘Last Call’ event. Photo by Randi Moore
The procession travels through Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/


The Richerson family would like to thank the entire Los Alamos Fire Department for the amazing job they did in honoring our husband/father/uncle/grandfather during his services last Friday.

Howard spent 32 years with the LAFD and with only a few phone calls, they went above and beyond anything we expected to honor him!

Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle Grande This Spring

on April 6, 2016 - 4:17pm

VCNP News:

The Valles Caldera National Preserve is looking for an opportunity to implement a prescribed burn project this spring.

The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grass in the Valle Grande, adjacent to N.M. 4 between mile markers 39-42. Some traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn, but we do not anticipate any road closures. If conditions permit, burn operations will occur during mid-day in order minimize impacts to morning and afternoon commuter traffic on N.M. 4. The burn operations should take one to three days to complete. 

The parameters

Scene From Woodland Fire Training Saturday

on April 3, 2016 - 7:58am

Canyon Rim Trail closed Saturday during Woodland Fire Training. Photo by Greg Kendall

Canyon Rim Trail Closing For Fuels Reduction Work

on March 30, 2016 - 12:06pm


The Los Alamos Fire Department will be closing a portion of the Canyon Rim Trail near Fire Station #6 in order for crews to complete fuels reduction (tree thinning) activities on the following three weekends, weather permitting:

  • April 2, 3;
  • April 16, 17; and
  • April 30 and May 1.

Activities will extend approximately ¼ mile along the west end of the trail. LAFD is coordinating signage and trail closure with Open Space & Trails Specialist Eric Peterson. The trail will remain open on the east end (at the trailhead, across from Entrada Business Park.)

Trail users are asked to use

LAFD’s Troy Hughes A Finalist For Lincoln Fire Chief

on March 28, 2016 - 4:08pm
Los Alamos County Troy Hughes
Los Alamos Daily Post

Mayor Chris Beutler of Lincoln, Nebraska has announced four finalists for the position of Lincoln Fire Chief including Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes.

Hughes told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that he will have an extremely difficult decision to make should he be offered the job.

“The reason I applied for the position is its close proximity to family - my son, two grandchildren and both sets of parents are living in the area,” Hughes said.

Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed Underway

on March 25, 2016 - 8:27am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Favorable conditions today allowed fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest to proceed with the planned prescribed burn in the lower portion of the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed.  
The 200-acre broadcast burn adjacent to the Nichols Reservoir will be done with hand and aerial ignitions. Smoke from the prescribed pile burn will be monitored to ensure that New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. 
Lingering smoke may be present for up to one week after ignitions are complete.

Fire In Pojoaque Bosque Triggers School Shelter In Place Alarm

on March 22, 2016 - 6:36pm
Multiple fire trucks and dozens of emergency responders are on site at the fire in the Pojoaque bosque. Courtesy/Valley Daily Post
Police and firefighters from around the region patrolling back roads looking for spot fires. This shot on CR 103 shows Santa Fe County and Los Alamos Fire Department personnel working together to contain the spreading fire. Courtesy/Valley Daily


Valley Daily Post Staff Report:

At approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, a fire broke out in the bosque along the Pojoaque River in Pojoaque.

2016 Safety Town Program

on March 22, 2016 - 6:58am


Safety Town is returning to Mountain Elementary School 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, June 13-24.

This free safety program is open to all children entering Kindergarten in the Fall or who will be five years of age by Sept. 1. The program is limited to 80 participants and registration is being accepted at the Walkup Aquatic Center front desk or you can register online via WebTrac on the PROS Division’s main page.

Safety Town’s mission is to provide the opportunity for students entering Kindergarten to learn about safety in their school, community and neighborhoods.

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest Jemez Ranger District

on March 22, 2016 - 6:35am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are working with communities in the Jemez Ranger District to conduct the bi-annual Thompson Ridge slash-pit prescribed burn. 
The slash pit, 10 miles north of Jemez Springs, is a collaborative effort between the Jemez Ranger District and the surrounding area to promote fire-adapted communities in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). 
WUI refers to the transition zone between natural areas and human development.

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest Jemez Ranger District March 21 Through May 14

on March 19, 2016 - 1:07pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct the previously announced prescribed burn on the south end of the Paliza treatment area within the boundaries of the Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project on the Jemez Ranger District.

The window for the Paliza prescribed burn will open March 21 and extend through May 14, 2016. The decision to burn will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and available resources.

The 5,409-acre Paliza treatment

Elk’s Lodge Easter Egg Hunt Plus Wildfire 2016 At Ashley Pond March 26

on March 18, 2016 - 5:09pm

LAFD News:

Central Avenue between Oppenheimer and 20th Street will be closed f9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in support of the combined efforts of the Los Alamos Fire Department, Police Department and Los Alamos Elks Lodge to present the community with a safe and fun event – the annual Elk’s Lodge Easter Egg Hunt plus Wildfire 2016.

Activities start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m.

LAFD Loses Hair For Worthy Cause

on March 18, 2016 - 2:31pm

Los Alamos Firefighter Joe Martinez volunteers to get his hair shaved off in an effort to raise funds to help fight childhood cancer. His girlfriend Monica keeps an eye on the progress. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

The fourth annual St. Baldrick's head shaving fundraiser underway Thursday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department hosted its fourth annual St. Baldricks head shaving fundraiser Thursday to help fight childhood cancer.

The event at Ashley Pond Park saw many firefighters lose their hair for a worthy

Wildfire 2016 Easter Egg Hunt Ashley Pond March 26

on March 14, 2016 - 4:40pm

LAFD's Wildfire 2016 At Ashley Pond March 25

on March 12, 2016 - 9:49am

Los Alamos Fire Department Forms EMS Bike Team

on March 12, 2016 - 9:43am
Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Fire Department

The Los Alamos Fire Department has formed an EMS Bike Team. This new team will enable our EMTs to quickly reach patients who may be located in an area not easily accessible by our ambulances. 

LAFD first got the idea for the team by observing the police bike team working the July 4 celebration at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Farewell To Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider

on February 21, 2016 - 11:23am

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, center in blue shirt, retired Friday from the Los Alamos Fire Department. Fire Chief Troy Hughes, left, and members of LAFD and friends gathered with Grider for a farewell photo Friday near the Fire Administration Office on Central Avenue. A community farewell event for Grider will be announced in a few weeks. Grider and his family plan to move to Washington state sometime this summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Smart People Are Easy To Teach At EMS Conference

on February 1, 2016 - 8:51am

Dr. Mike Hudson presents a talk at the 2016 EMS Conference Saturday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dr. Mike Hudson discusses the latest innovations in patient treatments during Saturday's conference at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

First responders and Emergency Management personnel at Saturday's portion of the 2016 EMS Conference at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Area first responders and emergency management personnel participated in the 2016 EMS Conference last week at UNM-Los Alamos.

Classic Air Medical and Los

Firefighter Daniel Martinez Receives Certificate of Valor

on January 28, 2016 - 9:50am

Los Alamos Firefighter Daniel Martinez receives a standing ovation at Tuesday's County Council meeting for the courage he displayed in pulling an unconsious man from a burning home. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Firefighter Daniel Martinez with his Certificate of Valor award and Deputy Fire Chief Jason Grider. Santa Fe County Fire Chief David Sperling is speaking to Council and commending Martinez for his valient efforts in pulling a man from a burning home in Santa Fe County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Council Approves Fire And Police Collective Bargaining Agreements

on January 27, 2016 - 9:31am
Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes requests approval from County Council Tuesday evening of a collective bargaining agreement between International Association of Firefighters Local 3279. Council unanimously approved the agreement. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
International Association of Firefighters Local 3279 President Bert Quintana signs the collective bargaining agreement with the County Tuesday evening in Council Chambers. Looking on from left, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, County Councilor James Chrobocinski, County Manager Harry Burgess and County Clerk Sharon Stover.

LAFD Hosts Dr. David Griffin's Leadership Talk

on January 20, 2016 - 8:15am
Dr. David Griffin, Ed. D discusses Organizational Learning during an educational seminar on leadership hosted by the Los Alamos Fire Department Tuesday at Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Chris Clark/


Los Alamos Firefighters and community members attend Tuesday's leadership seminar by Dr. David Griffin at Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Chris Clark/