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It's Spring: Remember To 'Create Defensible Space'

on April 21, 2015 - 9:22am

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department would like to remind residents of the urgent need to keep “defensible space” concepts in mind when working outside to clean up property around homes and structures this Spring.

Creating defensible space can give firefighters their best possible chance of protecting property if another wildfire ever occurs in the County.

The County’s defensible space guidelines were developed in a unique program funded through the Cerro Grande Fire Recovery Act in 2000, following that devastating wildfire, which destroyed hundreds of homes in Los Alamos.

Many of

Dive-In Movie At Aquatic Center 7-9 P.M. Today

on April 17, 2015 - 8:05am

International Accreditation Assessment Process Underway At Los Alamos Fire Department

on April 15, 2015 - 5:06pm

An International Accreditation Assessment Team is in town this week to assess the Los Alamos Fire Department for International Accreditation status. LAFD first earned International Accreditation in 1997 under Fire Chief Doug MacDonald and most recently in 2010. The assessment team sat down today with the Los Alamos Daily Post to discuss the process. Team members from left, Russell Knick, Barry Shughart, Gerald Kay and Team Leader Gary Aleshire. Read the full story in Thursday's edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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Prescribed Burn In Santa Fe Watershed Postponed

on April 12, 2015 - 7:10am

SFNF News:

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest cancelled plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the lower portion of the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed next week based on the wind forecast and concerns for firefighter and public safety. 

According to the National Weather Service, winds may range from 10 to 40 miles per hour next week, significantly increasing the likelihood of area Red Flag Warnings, which alert firefighting and land management agencies to short-term weather conditions that may result in extreme fire behavior. 

Prescribed fire is part of the collaborative plan

Valles Caldera Trust Plans Prescribed Burn For Valle Grande

on April 10, 2015 - 12:49pm

JEMEZ SPRINGS – The Valles Caldera Trust is looking for an opportunity to conduct a prescribed burn project on the Valles Caldera National Preserve in April or early May. 

The project will last for 1-3 days. The prescribed burn will target up to 1,471 acres of grassland in the Valle Grande, adjacent to N.M. 4 near mile marker 39.2. If conditions are suitable to implement the burn, some traffic delays may occur during the ignition phases of the burn but road closures are not expected.

If conditions permit, burn operations will occur during mid day in order to minimize impacts to morning and

Northern New Mexico Fire Academy Hosts First Classes

on April 7, 2015 - 10:58am

NMFI News:

SANTA FE – A total of 181 wildland firefighters from five states representing 36 different federal, state, local and non-governmental jurisdictions are attending the inaugural session of the new Northern New Mexico Fire Academy in multiple locations centered around Santa Fe this week. 

The Academy is offering nine classes based on a training needs analysis that identified the Incident Command System (ICS) and wildland firefighting courses in highest demand in the region.

Fire/Disaster Preparedness Workshop April 11

on April 6, 2015 - 10:55am

New Mexico Receives Nearly $2.5 Million In Federal Disaster Assistance For Tres Lagunas Fire

on April 5, 2015 - 7:49am

STATE News:

DENTON, Texas – The state of New Mexico has been awarded nearly $2.5 million in federal disaster assistance in the aftermath of the Tres Lagunas Fire that happened in late May, early June 2013.

The funding, which is made possible by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Fire Management Assistance Grant Program, serves as reimbursement for firefighting costs incurred while fighting the fire.

In 2013, the Tres Lagunas Fire threatened hundreds of homes, as well as roads and bridges, and burned thousands of acres of land in San Miguel County.

Gov. Susana Martinez, Firefighters Urge New Mexicans To Prepare For 2015 Fire Season

on April 3, 2015 - 7:44am

STATE News:
  • New Mexico Recognizes Wildfire Awareness Week

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez joined with firefighters Thursday to talk about the dangers of wildfires and urged New Mexicans to prepare for the upcoming season.

The Governor has proclaimed March 29 through April 4 as Wildfire Awareness Week.

“As we continue to face serious drought, it is more important than ever that we work together to prevent fires,” Martinez said.

Community Capacity Building Meeting April 2

on April 1, 2015 - 10:08pm
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
LAPS

Community capacity building may be a running theme for an April 2 meeting on resiliency, sponsored by Los Alamos Public Schools and Los Alamos County.

“Los Alamos Public Schools, in collaboration with Los Alamos County, is proud to be a joint sponsor for this event,” LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt said. “Building our community’s resilience is important to the mental and physical health of our residents. It is my hope that this meeting will build on the good work that has been done and set the stage for even greater services in the future.”

The event was

Fun Run A Great Success

on March 26, 2015 - 9:22am
Runners leave the starting line. Photo by Kateri Morris
 
Lucky the Leprechaun (aka Brad Skidmore) on the run. Photo by Kateri Morris
 
By RONDA TRUJILLO
Piñon PTO

The 4th annual Piñon Elementary PTO Fun Run Saturday, March 21 was a great success.

The annual event promoted a morning of family fun, friendship and fitness for both the families at Piñon and the community. Runners and walkers of all abilities were welcomed to enjoy a fun, fast and scenic run benefiting Piñon School.

Folks had a great time running and walking the 1 mile and 5K as "Lucky" the Leprechaun (aka Brad Skidmore),

2014 Pino Fire Recognized For Innovative Strategy, Ecosystem Benefits

on March 25, 2015 - 7:47am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  The Southwest Fire Science Consortium named the Pino Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest the 2014 “Incident of the Year” for lightning-caused fire in the Southwest. 
 
The 4,313-acre Pino Fire was cited for the innovative suppression strategy that focused on long-term benefits to the landscape and ecosystem.
 
The Southwest Fire Science Consortium said the Pino Fire stood out for several reasons, including its proximity to neighborhoods and smoke impact on Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

'Wildfire 2015' At Fuller Lodge Saturday April 4

on March 23, 2015 - 6:52pm

LAFD News:

As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2015” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4 in Fuller Lodge.

The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department, in partnership with several local agencies:

  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos County Emergency Management
  • Interagency Wildfire Management Team

Displays and information include:

  • An opportunity to register your cell phone and e-mail addresses with Los Alamos County Emergency Management for

VIDEO: Watch Lauren Bucklin Give Up Her Hair

on March 18, 2015 - 10:57am

Watch video here of Lauren Bucklin, 23, the sole woman to get her hair shaved at Tuesday's St. Baldricks fundraising event,  sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department to help fight childhood cancer. Bucklin is a kindergarten IA and YMCA After School site manager at Barranca Elementary. Photo and video by Leslie Bucklin

Lauren Bucklin is surrounded by firefighters after she gave up her hair Tuesday morning during LAFD's third annual St. Baldricks fundraiser to fight childhood cancer. Photo/video by Leslie Bucklin

Scenes From LAFD's St. Baldricks Hair Shaving Event

on March 18, 2015 - 8:36am

BEFORE: The Los Alamos Fire Department hosted its third annual St. Baldricks head shaving fundraiser to help fight childhood cancer, Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Among the many firefighters, community members and local officials taking part in the event were from left, Terry Salazar of Zia Commercial Realty, Los Alamos County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher and County Councilor Rick Reiss who formed a team and together raised $450 from family, friends and their own piggy banks. 'We did it for this important cause and for the Los Alamos Firefighters,' Reiss said. Photo by Carol A.

Letter To The Editor: Alternatives To Burning Slash Piles Very Close To Houses

on March 17, 2015 - 9:16am

LAFD Hosts St. Baldricks Head Shaving Event ... Be A Hero For Kids With Cancer

on March 10, 2015 - 9:17am

St. Baldricks head shaving event. Courtesy/stbaldricks.org

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department is hosting its third annual St. Baldricks head shaving fundraiser to help fight childhood cancer.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Patrick's Day, March 17 at Fuller Lodge. LAFD also is selling special LAFD T-shirts for the event, donated by the Local 3279 Firefighters Union - click here.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

Chief Stone: Precautions To Prevent Fall Injuries Part 2

on March 5, 2015 - 12:51pm
By BENJAMIN S. STONE
Division Chief, Emergency Medical Services
Los Alamos County Fire Department

Slips, trips, and falls outside can be caused by several identifiable elements. Being able to identify these issues and avoid them could be as easy as remembering “SCAN”.

One of our wonderful citizens in Los Alamos shared his way of preventing a fall injury, and asked that I share it with you readers. He took a few moments and created a memory device to remind him to look out for objects that could cause him to fall.

Pile Burn Planned On Virgin Mesa Near Jemez

on March 2, 2015 - 1:04pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are continuing a prescribed pile burn on the Jemez Ranger District this week.

The Virgin Mesa prescribed burn may be conducted through March 31, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 

The Virgin Mesa prescribed pile burn is 450 acres in an area one mile west of Jemez Springs and eight miles north of the communities of Gilman and Cañon. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools

Prescribed Burns Planned On Santa Fe National Forest's Cuba Ranger District

on February 24, 2015 - 7:41am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the La Jara prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District this week.

The La Jara prescribed pile burns, a remaining total of 56 acres, may continue through March 30, only if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 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-dependent ecosystems.

Pile Burning Continues This Weekend

on February 20, 2015 - 8:04am

LAFD News:

Pile burning will continue this weekend on Los Alamos County lands. 

Smoke from the pile burns will be monitored to ensure that the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau regulations are being met. Smoke will likely be visible from Espanola, Santa Clara and Santa Fe and from N.M. 502 and N.M. 285. 

Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Environment Department’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire

WIPP Receives New Emergency Response Vehicle

on February 19, 2015 - 10:40am

Engine 24 has been commissioned at WIPP. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

WIPP recently placed a new emergency response vehicle into service. The new fire engine “Engine 24” will enhance emergency response capabilities at the WIPP facility.

The new four-wheel drive vehicle was designed to respond to both structure and wild land fires. Capable of carrying 1,500 gallons of water on board, the engine has the ability to spray water or foam through a remote-controlled turret located on the front bumper while driving.

LAFD: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Issues Fire Extinguisher Recall

on February 18, 2015 - 10:12am

Kidde Disposable Fire Extinguisher with plastic valve. Courtesy/USCPSC

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department has announced that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for a variety of fire extinguisher models that fail to discharge as expected.

Kidde has received 11 reports of the recalled fire extinguishers failing to discharge as expected. No injuries have been reported.

The fire extinguishers are sold at Home Depot, Menards, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online from August 2013 through November 2014 for between $18

Deer Trap Canyon Pile Burn Saturday-Monday

on February 13, 2015 - 12:26pm

Santa Fe National Forest prescribed burn. Courtesy/USDA

SFNF News:

Los Alamos Fire Department and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct a prescribed Saturday through Monday in Deer Trap Canyon.

The burn will occur if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. 

The Deer Trap Canyon prescribed pile burn will be conducted east of Los Alamos. 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-dependent

Chief Stone: Precautions To Prevent Fall Injuries

on February 11, 2015 - 2:40pm
By BENJAMIN S. STONE
Division Chief, Emergency Medical Services
Los Alamos County Fire Department

In January, LAFD treated 140 patients and 36 of them had injuries from a fall.

According to the CDC, this is a major problem seen across the country. In 2013 2.5 million nonfatal falls among older adults were treated in the emergency room, with a direct medical cost of approximately $30 billion.

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