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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/ladailypost.com

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

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

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/ladailypost.com

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/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL

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/ladailypost.com
 
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/ladailypost.com

 

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

LAFD Hosts Special Talk By Dr. David Griffin Tuesday

on January 15, 2016 - 7:52am

Los Alamos Fire Chief/Rotarian Troy Hughes speaks at a recent Rotary meeting at the golf course about LAFD hosting a special presentation by Dr. David Griffin. He invites the community to attend the event Jan. 19 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes invites the community to attend a very special leadership event featuring Dr. David Griffin Tuesday at Duane Smith Auditorium.

LAFD is hosting Dr.

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest Jemez And Cuba Ranger Districts Jan. 15 - March 31

on January 14, 2016 - 7:36am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct three pile burns on the Jemez and Cuba Ranger Districts sometime between Jan. 15 and March 31. 
 
That window is dependent on the amount of snowfall on the ground as well as other favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts.  
 
Once ignitions begin, they are expected to last two to three days.
 
The planned prescribed burns will treat:
  • 480 acres in Joaquin Canyon eight miles west of Jemez Springs;
  • 35 acres on Thompson Ridge nine miles north of Jemez Springs; and
  • 100

Police Express Gratitude To Los Alamos Community

on January 11, 2016 - 1:37pm

Gathered for a photograph at the annual community meal in December, Los Alamos police officers in the back row from left, Cpl. Matt Lyons, Cpl. Tim Lonz, Cpl. Ben Irving, Chief Dino Sgambellone, Sgt. Daniel Roberts, Cpl. Ryan Wolking, Detention Officer John Chin and Cpl. Adam Jung, Front row from left, Cmdr. Oliver Morris and Cpl. Robert Larson. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

Los Alamos County has a lot of attributes other communities do not have. One of the great traits Los Alamos displays is the support for the local police and fire departments.

Each year, the members of the community cook a

Prescribed Burn On Santa Fe National Forest

on December 17, 2015 - 9:56am

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning a prescribed pile burn on the Cuba Ranger District. 

The La Jara prescribed pile burn, a total of 77 acres located just northeast of the community of La Jara, may be conducted Jan. 1 through March 30, 2016, only on favorable days as conditions allow. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Prescribed Burns On Santa Fe National's Forest Jemez And Cuba Ranger Districts During December

on November 30, 2015 - 9:42am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct three pile burns on the Jemez and Cuba Ranger Districts sometime between Nov. 30 and Dec. 30. 
 
That window is dependent on the amount of snowfall on the ground as well as other favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, and may be extended into 2016.  
 
Once ignitions begin, they are expected to last two to three days.
 
The planned prescribed burns will treat:
  • 486 acres in Joaquin Canyon eight miles west of Jemez Springs;
  • 35 acres on Thompson Ridge nine miles

Del Norte Credit Union Provides Thanksgiving Day Meals To On Duty Firefighters Thursday

on November 25, 2015 - 10:08am

DNCU President/CEO Chuck Valenti

DNCU News:

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union, northern New Mexico’s hometown financial co-op, has made plans to provide a warm and delicious Thanksgiving holiday meal to many of the area’s on duty firefighters Thursday.

This year the list of recipients includes five Los Alamos County fire stations, seven Santa Fe County fire stations as well as Española Fire Rescue.

“It just makes sense for us to make the day a little brighter for these public servants who keep our communities safe, especially since many of them will miss their family meals,” DNCU

Christmas Trees Available Starting Friday At Valles Caldera National Preserve - Help Restore The Forest!

on November 24, 2015 - 10:00am
LAVC News:
 
Los Amigos de Valles Caldera will once again be helping the Valles Caldera National Preserve to thin overgrown forested areas to protect it from further large wildfires.
 
These freshly cut trees will be available for four weekends, starting on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, at the Valle Grande Staging Area, off N.M. 4 between mile marker 39 and 40.
 
The Los Amigos de Valles Caldera will be there 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturdays and Sundays thereafter including Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6, Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 19-20.
 
The trees will generally be White Fir of varying sizes from about 4 feet

Los Alamos Fire Department Honors Firefighters At Promotion; Retirement Ceremonies

on November 23, 2015 - 10:38pm
Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes welcomes and thanks the public for their attendence at Friday's promotional and retirement ceremonies at the White Rock Fire Station. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
From left, Bert Quintana, Jeff Saiz, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider. Quintana was promoted to Driver Engineer and Saiz to Fire Captain during Friday's special ceremony. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Cheif Justin Grider introduces Quintana and Saiz and talks a little bit about their history. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Marissa Saiz pins

Los Alamos Bomb Team Investigates Suspicious Item

on November 20, 2015 - 6:55pm

The Los Alamos Bomb Team responds to a report of a suspicious item left on the sidewalk near Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock late this afternoon. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

LAPD on scene of a suspicious item near LANB in White Rock late this afternoon. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Bomb Team responded to a report of a suspicious item left on the sidewalk near Los Alamos National Bank in White Rock just before dark today.

A patrol officer arrived at the scene and saw a cooler sitting on the

Los Alamos Firefighters Knock Down House Fire

on November 20, 2015 - 12:42pm

Los Alamos firefighters knock down a vacant house fire overnight in the 3500 block of Ridgeway. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD fights a vacant house fire overnight in the 3500 block of  Ridgeway. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

At approximately 3 a.m., today, Los Alamos fire and police were dispatched to the 3500 block of Ridgeway for a reported house fire.

First responders arrived on scene to find a fully engulfed vacant home at that address.

Bandelier Pile Burning Along N.M. 4 Wednesday

on November 17, 2015 - 2:29pm

Pile burning at Bandelier. Courtesy/nps.gov

BANDELIER News:

With the arrival of snow providing good conditions, the fire crew at Bandelier National Monument is planning to burn about 30 piles of fuel materials Wednesday, Nov. 18. 

The piles are along N.M. 4 between Ponderosa Group Campground and the Bandelier entrance, totaling about 5 acres. Visitors may see smoke at a number of locations just off the highway, including one near the entrance station. There should be little impact on Juniper Campground, and none in the Visitor Center area. The operation is expected to only take one day.

LAHS DECA Students Raise Funds For Boy Battling Cancer ... Hosting Spaghetti & Fettuccine Dinner Thursday

on November 16, 2015 - 6:00pm

LAFD Firefighters help Los Alamos High School DECA students at their carwash Thursday in the Smith's Marketplace parking lot. Proceeds go to help a 6-year-old Los Alamos boy battling cancer. Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

LAHS DECA News:

Los Alamos High School DECA has developed a community service project to give back to a local mother and her 6-year-old son who has been battling leukemia.

DECA, with assistance from Los Alamos Firefighters hosted a carwash Nov. 12.

"We really want to thank Los Alamos National Bank and especially Britta Anderson for sponsoring the event and Smith's

SUN PATH Grant Funds EMS Program At UNM-LA

on November 2, 2015 - 3:58pm

Members of an EMS class at UNM-LA practice their life-saving skills in the EMS training lab that will soon be renovated. Photo by Joseph Candelaria

UNM-LA News:

A $15 million grant is helping UNM-LA and ten other two-year colleges educate a workforce to fulfill the growing demand for healthcare professionals in New Mexico.

The grant, awarded in October 2014, is funding equipment, faculty, and staff to support the students being served in the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program that qualifies for funding under the grant.

Funded by the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance

Police & Firefighters Hand Out Halloween Treats

on November 1, 2015 - 9:24pm

Los Alamos Police and Firefighters including Cpl. Eric Wilhoit and Firefighter Luke Washburn, rode bikes through neighborhoods passing out candy and lights to the kids Halloween night in White Rock. Photo by Kateri Morris 

Trick or treaters gather around Cpl. Eric Wilhoit for candy and lights Halloween night in White Rock. Photo by Kateri Morris 

Cpl. Eric Wilhoit passes out treats and lights to trick or treaters Halloween night in White Rock. Photo by Kateri Morris

Prescribed Burn Planned On The Santa Fe National Forest Jemez Ranger District

on October 28, 2015 - 8:04am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct prescribed burns in the Joaquin Canyon on the Jemez Ranger District. 
 
The Joaquin Canyon prescribed burn area, a total of 142 acres, is located approximately 8 miles west of Jemez Springs. 
 
The plan is to conduct the prescribed burn between Oct. 27 and Nov. 30, but that window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, and may be extended further into the fall months. 
 
Once ignitions begin, they are expected to last two to three days.
 

Valles Caldera Plans Prescribed Burn Thursday

on October 14, 2015 - 1:56pm

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera National Preserve is planning to implement a prescribed burn project Thursday, Oct. 15. 

The prescribed burn will be within a 380-acre unit on the Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of N.M. 4 in the Banco Bonito area near mile marker 30. Because of the location and elevation, smoke from the burn may be visible from all directions coming into the Jemez Mountains area. The burn operations should be completed in 1-2 days and are not expected to necessitate road closures.

The pretreatment of the forest substantially reduced the amount of fuel

Dryer Safety Highlighted During Fire Prevention Month

on October 7, 2015 - 9:20am
CSIA News:
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- The month of October is Fire Prevention Month when homeowners are encouraged to look around their homes for any potential fire risks.
 
One risk that homeowners often overlook is having their dryer vents cleaned. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2012 clothes dryers counted for about 5,100 fires, resulting in 10 deaths and 180 injuries. "Failure to clean" is the leading factor contributing to clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.

Wildland Division Chief Ramon Garcia Leads Hike In Prescribed Burn Site Behind Nature Center Oct. 6

on October 4, 2015 - 9:13pm

Smoke plume from the prescribed burn Sept. 28, one hour after initial ignition. Courtesy/PEEC

Smoke rising up from the forest a few hours after the prescribe burn started. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Was the recent prescribed burn successful? What does it look like now? Wildland Division Chief Ramon Garcia will answer these questions and more Tuesday, Oct. 6 during a guided hike into the burned area.

The hike will leave at 5:30 p.m. from the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore areas touched by the recent fire and compare them with parts of the forest left unburned.

Atomic City Transit Bus And Pickup Collide On NM 4

on October 1, 2015 - 8:59am

An Atomic City Transit (ACT) “Dial a Ride” bus was involved in an accident at about 6:40 a.m. today on N.M. 4 near White Rock. The bus was carrying two passengers and no injuries were reported, however the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash was transported to Los Alamos Medical Center with unknown injuries. A County spokesperson said that the ACT bus driver took evasive action to avoid a near head on collision with the pickup. The shoulder was soft and the bus rolled onto its side. The road was closed to clear the accident but has re-opened now.

Maintenance Burn Underway In Pueblo Canyon

on September 28, 2015 - 7:36pm

A maintenance burn is underway in Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department, with the assistance of the Santa Fe National Forest, is conducting a prescribed burn on 26 acres of County open space.  The area is in the upper reaches of Pueblo Canyon east of the Aquatic Center.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing wildlife habitat diversity.

The Los Alamos prescribed

Prescribed Burn Begins On Santa Fe National Forest

on September 26, 2015 - 12:03pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest  are planning to begin the previously announced prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed on the Española Ranger District Sunday, Sept. 27, if conditions are favorable.

Fire managers would like to complete the Santa Fe Watershed burn by the end of September, but that window is dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, and may be extended further into the fall months. 

Up to 1,000 acres may be treated with hand and aerial ignitions.

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