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Firefighters Assemble 26 Bicycles For Needy Children

on December 18, 2017 - 8:47am

Los  Alamos Fire Department members, from left, Driver/engineer Daniel Archuleta, Firefighter Robert Sanchez, Capt. Gerard Coriz, Firefighter Kenny Martinez, Firefighter Matt Austin and Firefighter Zach Shriver put together 26 bicycles for kids, which will be distributed in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties. The bicycles were paid for with the proceeds of the Rumble in Rio under the Jim Franklin Bike Giveaway that was the primary charity selected by Rumble in Rio this year. Jim Franklin was an evidence technician in the Rio Rancho Police Department.

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes Completes Studies At Naval Postgraduate School Center For Homeland Defense And Security

on December 17, 2017 - 7:09am

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, with his friend, former Los Alamos National Laboratory Physical Security Division Leader Michael Wismer Friday at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Wismer, who lives in Santa Fe flew out with his wife Lisa Wismer to join Hughes and his wife Jodi Hughes at a ceremony in which Hughes graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

SFNF Stops Ignitions On Gallinas Watershed Burn

on December 17, 2017 - 5:19am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – There will be no additional ignitions on the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn this month, according to fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). Crews will continue to monitor treated units within the watershed.

Even though ignitions have ceased, small pockets within the project area continue to burn at low intensity, and smoke is visible from Gallinas, Romeroville, Porvenir, Tecolote, Mineral Hill, Las Vegas and I-25.  

Smoke from the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn is monitored to ensure that the New Mexico

More Scenes From Toys For Tots

on December 16, 2017 - 4:54pm

Motorcyclists from the LANL Jemez Riders Club lead the delivery of Toys for Tots Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from Toys for Tots delivery Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from Toys for Tots send-off Friday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Volunteers formed a human chain to load presents Friday for Toys for Tots. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

A truck-load of presents gets ready to leave Friday afternon. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Truck No. 6 was on hand as the gifts made their departure Friday.

LANL Employees Share Big-hearted Holiday Spirit

on December 16, 2017 - 9:12am

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Motorcycle Safety Committee and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department gathered Friday afternoon at the LANL Community Partnerships Office at 15th Street and Central Avenue to help transport the more than 1,000 gifts donated by Lab employees to less fortunate children as part of their annual Holiday Gift Drive. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

LANL’s Motorcycle Safety Committee and members of the LAFD help pack more than 1,000 gifts donated by Lab employees to less fortunate children. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

LANL’s Motorcycle Safety

SFNF: Meeting For Fire Equipment Vendors

on December 16, 2017 - 7:20am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Southwestern Region of the USDA Forest Service will hold an informational meeting for vendors interested in providing resources to support wildfires and other emergency incidents. 
 
The meeting on the 2018 solicitations is scheduled 1-4 p.m. MST Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, via video teleconference (VTC) at Forest Service offices throughout New Mexico. Vendors are welcome to attend the VTC at the Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 11 Forest Lane in Santa Fe.
 
Topics for the meeting include:
  • How to become a Federal Government vendor;
  • How to locate and

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes Graduates From CHDS Master’s Degree Program

on December 13, 2017 - 7:07am

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes graduates in a special ceremony this week from The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Naval Postgraduate School Master’s Degree Program (MA). The CHDS Master’s Degree Program is an 18-month program, geared towards:

  • Developing policies, strategies, plans and programs to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, and reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism and catastrophic events;
  • Building the organizational and interagency arrangements needed to strengthen homeland security; and
  • Helping

Guadalupe Fire Now 100 Percent Contained

on December 11, 2017 - 9:46am

SFNF News:

Here is the latest update on the Guadalupe Fire that ignited Dec. 8 in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest:

Cause: Human.

Size: 6.3 acres, 100 percent contained.

Location: Near Forest Road (FR) 376 on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Vegetation: Logging slash and pre-made piles.

Current Situation: The fire was reported to the Jemez Ranger District office at 12:27 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 and is contained as of Sunday, Dec 10.

Smoke/Air Quality: Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with heart or respiratory problems are encouraged

Update: Guadalupe Fire In Jemez Ranger District

on December 9, 2017 - 4:24pm

SFNF News:

The Guadalupe Fire is burning in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Start Date: Dec. 8

Cause: Human

Size: 6.2 acres, 40 percent contained

Location: Near Forest Road (FR) 376 on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Smoke is visible as far south as Rio Rancho. Travelers along FR 376 need to be mindful of fire personnel and equipment in the area.

Vegetation: Logging slash and pre-made piles.

Current Situation: The fire was reported to the Jemez Ranger District Office 12:27 p.m. Friday, Dec 8.

Resources on-scene: Three engines with

LAFD Wildland Fire Team Deployed To Assist With California Wildfires

on December 7, 2017 - 2:45pm

LAFD News:

Three members of the Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire team have been deployed to California to assist with Fire Suppression. 

Captain Tim Johnson, Driver Engineer Van Leimer and Firefighter Brian Palmer will travel in Brush I a Type V Wildland Engine (which is one of two County owned, Wildland Firefighting apparatus), to California as part of a task force comprised of NM Fire Agencies. This is the third deployment for LAFD in the past four months.  

For more safety information, contact Wildland Division Chief Kelly Sterna at the Los Alamos Fire Department at 505.662.8301. ​

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NIST: Why You Should Water Your Christmas Tree

on December 5, 2017 - 8:01am
A live Christmas tree burn conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows just how quickly a dried out Christmas tree fire burns, with flashover occurring in less than one minute, as compared to a well-watered tree, which burns at a much slower rate. Courtesy/NIST
 
Courtesy/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 200 home fires each year start with a Christmas tree. In these videos, Click here, NIST fire researchers demonstrate what could happen if a fire starts in a watered Christmas tree vs.

Los Alamos Public Safety Association Honors Det. Ryan Wolking, Pilot Amy Ross And Ofc. Jose Urbano

on December 4, 2017 - 5:30am

The Los Alamos Public Safety Association held its annual awards banquet Friday evening at the Posse Lodge. From left, LAPSA Vice Chairman and Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris, Treasurer Lisa Tafoya, Santa Clara Pueblo Fire Chief Mel Tafoya, award recipient Amy Ross, award recipient LAPD Det. Ryan Wolking, FBI agent Chris Mamula and LAPSA Secretary Donna Martinez. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Police Det.

Barranca Celebrates 80 Days Of School

on December 1, 2017 - 3:47pm

Barranca Mesa Elementary School students and staff celebrate 80 days of school this morning by line dancing in front of the school. They were joined by some parents who are Los Alamos police officers and firefighters. Principal Gina Terrazas said the actvity also was held to promote 'Show Up. It Matters'. Photo  by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Dwight Williams shows off his moves at the 80 days of school celebration this morning at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Cpl.

Stick Structures Pose Hazards On Santa Fe National Forest ... So Who’s Building Them And Why?

on December 1, 2017 - 3:13pm

One of several stick structures found on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

A SFNF recreation specialist inspects a stick structure near Aspen Vista. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The number of human-built conical stick structures – some as tall as two stories and 20 feet or more in diameter – popping up on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) seems to be on the rise, and Forest Service officials are wondering why.

They also are concerned about the significant health and safety hazards posed by these structures.

This week, employees from the

McQuiston: Did You Know Today’s Homes Burn Faster

on December 1, 2017 - 10:19am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
From building materials to furnishings, many of the things in your home likely aren’t as flame-resistant as those from yesteryear.
 
A fire in a modern home is a “perfect storm,” according to safety consulting and certification company UL (Underwriters Laboratories).
 
Larger homes, more open layouts, new construction materials and other factors mean fires burn more quickly, leaving less time for occupants to escape — and for firefighters to stop the flames. How much less time?

Los Alamos County Chaplain Training Jan. 15-19

on November 30, 2017 - 11:58am

IFOC News:

The Los Alamos County Chaplain Corp (a non-sectarian service organization supporting the Fire and Police) is hosting an International Federation of Chaplain (IFOC) training Jan. 15-19 at the White Rock Fire Station #3 at 129 N.M. 4.

This training is for anyone who has ever been interested in Chaplain service.

It is a 45-hour accredited course awarding a certificate of completion and 4.7 Continuing Education Units of credit (CEU) also are available.

This training includes but is not limited to:

  • Chaplaincy and the Law;
  • Stress Management;
  • Critical Incident Stress Management;

Jemez Ranger District Plans Vallecitos Burn

on November 28, 2017 - 1:09pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of unseasonably favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, to resume the Vallecitos prescribed burn on the Jemez Ranger District. 
 
Ignitions could begin as early as today on the final 91-acre unit in the Vallecitos treatment area adjacent to the East Fork trail head and N.M. 4.   
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

DNCU Provides Warm Holiday Meals For Firefighters

on November 28, 2017 - 11:46am

DNCU News:

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union, northern New Mexico’s hometown financial co-op, provided warm holiday meals to many of the area’s on-duty firefighters Thursday, Nov. 23.

Delicious turkey meals with all the trimmings, purchased through an area supermarket as well as a local restaurant, fed five Los Alamos County fire stations, seven Santa Fe City fire stations, Ojo Sarco Volunteer Fire Department as well as Española Fire Rescue.

“This is our way to help make the day a little brighter for these public servants who keep our communities safe, especially since many of them miss

County Officials Express Thanksgiving Wishes

on November 22, 2017 - 7:40am
Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County offices are closed Thursday and Friday in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Several County officials expressed their Thanksgiving wishes for the community.

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time to reflect on the blessings our lives bring. Among those blessings for me is being a member of this wonderful community in Los Alamos,” County Council Chair David Izraelevitz said. It is a safe, welcoming community, where education and healthy living is valued,

LAFD Offers Safety Tips For Thanksgiving

on November 22, 2017 - 7:36am
LAFD News: 
 
Los Alamos Fire Department would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. During this holiday season Los Alamos Fire Department wants to keep you and your loved ones safe.
 
Keep in mind the potential dangers of home cooking fires:
 
  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area. Use your turkey fryer only outdoors on a sturdy, level surface well away from things that can burn. Make sure to have a “3- foot kid- and pet free zone” around your turkey dryer to protect against burn injuries.
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill

Six Tips To Safely Frying A Turkey

on November 21, 2017 - 11:25am
By MICHELA DELLAMONICA
Smith Publicity, Inc.
 
A few years ago my daughter’s in-laws from Brooklyn, NY came to Memphis for Thanksgiving.
 
To give them a taste of Southern cuisine, I decided to fry a turkey in addition to my conventionally roasted turkey. In effect, we had a taste panel where our 20 guests got to try both a roasted and fried turkey. There was no question that the fried turkey tasted better. It was more savory and had a richer flavor. It gave new meaning to the saying: “anything fried tastes better."
 
Fried turkeys are great, but frying the turkey is seriously

Scenes From Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference At UNM-Los Alamos Nov. 17-20

on November 20, 2017 - 5:36am

Scene from the Trauma Trail Challenge Practicum during the three-day Fire & Ice In the Jemez Mountains Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference Nov. 17-20 at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Scene from Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference Nov. 17-20 at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

A training exercise during Fire & Ice used real patients moulaged to represent aspects of traumatic injuries and medical emergencies that providers may encounter at any given multiple casualty incident. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Fire & Ice multiple casualty incident

LAFD Fills The Boot For Muscular Dystrophy

on November 19, 2017 - 6:18am

Los Alamos Firefighters collected funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association throughout this week at Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos and Smith's in White Rock. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAFD Capt. James Pepe Steps Up For ‘Movember’

on November 19, 2017 - 6:05am

This Los Alamos Fire Department employee sporting a fine mustache for ‘Movember’ claimed to be Deputy Chief Steve Dawalt but is actually Capt. James Pepe. LAPD is raising money throughout this month for men's health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and poor mental health.  The goal of ‘Movember’ is to stop men from dying too young. Anyone wishing to make a donation can stop by any local fire station or contribute online at https://moteam.co/lafd-inter-mo-s. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Fire Crews Monitor Prescribed Burn Unit In Santa Fe Municipal Watershed

on November 18, 2017 - 8:02am

Ignitions underway Thursday in Santa Fe Watershed. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

Picture-perfect outcome of prescribed burn in Santa Fe Watershed. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service
Needle cast and duff adjacent to the prescribed burn unit. This is the type of fuel the prescribed burn is designed to eliminate. Courtesy/USDA Forest Service

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire crews conducted both aerial and on-the-ground surveys Friday of the 248-acre unit within the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed that was treated with prescribed fire yesterday.

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