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Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on September 4, 2015 - 3:01pm

SFNF News:

Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed on the Española Ranger District. 

The prescribed burn was postponed last spring due to high winds and ”red flag” weather conditions, which could have resulted in extreme fire behavior. 

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. 

Approximately 844

LAFD Hires Life And Safety Division Coordinator

on September 3, 2015 - 9:57am

Stephan Rinaldi, second from right, began his new job Monday as the Los Alamos Fire Department’s Life and Safety Division Coordinator. He gathered Wednesday in the training room at the LAFD Administration Office with Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland, right, Division Chief Ben Stone, EMS Training Coordinator Donna McHenry and others. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post 

The Los Alamos Fire Department has hired a new coordinator for its Life and Safety Division.

Stephan Rinaldi will work with Life and Safety Division Chief / Fire Marshal Jeff

LAFD Displays Four International Accreditation Plaques

on September 3, 2015 - 7:55am

Four International Accreditation plaques now line the hallway at the Los Alamos Fire Department Administration Office on Central Avenue. LAFD was awarded the fourth plaque at last week's accreditation hearing in Atlanta. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Fire Department Awarded International Accreditation

on September 2, 2015 - 12:05pm

At the awards banquet Thursday in Atlanta from left, CPSE Technical Advisor Gerard Kay, Deputy Chief Justin Grider, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, CFAI Commission Chair Steven Westermann, County Manager Harry Burgess, CPSE Technical Advisor Team Lead Gary Aleshire, IAFF President Bert Quintana and EMS Battalion Chief Ben Stone. Courtesy/LAFD

During the accreditation hearing last week in Atlanta, from left, County Manager Harry Burgess, Gary Aleshire, Chief Troy Hughes, Deputy Chief Justin Grider and EMS Division Chief Stone. Courtesy/LAFD


Los Alamos Daily Post

Alert: Hazard Tree Felling On Cañada Bonita Trails ... Hikers Urged To Use Caution

on August 28, 2015 - 6:25pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Crews are working on the Cañada Bonita trails accessed from the Pajarito Ski Area trailhead through Sept. 2, felling hazard trees in the burn area from the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.

In coordination with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Southwest Nordic Ski Club contracted with the non-profit American Conservation Experience to perform the work along the original road and on the trail loops above the main trail.

Post-fire erosion, higher-than-normal moisture and wind are bringing weakened trees down in record numbers.

Chief Stone: Customer Satisfaction For EMS

on August 28, 2015 - 7:26am
Division Chief, Emergency Medical Services
Los Alamos County Fire Department

As the annual patient volume in emergency medical services (EMS) systems worldwide increases, there are no comprehensive studies on customer satisfaction for EMS.

Identifying this fault of the system has set in motion an innovative plan to measure satisfaction levels of the services provided by the Los Alamos Fire Department.

The LAFD and the Emergency Medical Services Division value our public’s opinion and will have our vendor (feedback innovations) start mailing out customer satisfaction

LAFD Earns International Accredited Agency Status!

on August 27, 2015 - 8:19pm

Personnel in the LAFD Administration Office in Los Alamos watch today's accreditation hearing in Atlanta. Courtesy/LAFD

Staff Report

For the fourth time in its history, the Los Alamos County Fire Department has achieved International Accredited Agency status.

The award was presented this evening at a special ceremony in the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta. County Manager Harry Burgess, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, LAFD Union President Bert Quintana and EMS Supervisor Ben Stone traveled to Atlanta to accept the award on behalf of the department.

LAFD Conducts Ladder Truck Training

on August 25, 2015 - 8:24am

Los Alamos firefighters recently conducted training at Fire Station 3, 129 N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Fire Department Training Division provides for and maintains the department’s preparedness and recently conducted training at Fire Station 3 in White Rock.

LAFD training includes:

  • incident management;
  • fire suppression and investigations;
  • wildland and urban interface firefighting;
  • emergency medical services;
  • hazardous materials response;
  • high angle and confined space rescue;
  • incident reporting

Police And Firefighters Rescue Person From Cliff's Edge

on August 24, 2015 - 4:55pm


In the early morning hours in August the members of the Los Alamos Police Department were dispatched for a missing person on the south side of Los Alamos.

Police began an aggressive search for a lost adult who was last seen at around 1 a.m. that day.

In this instance the missing person happened to have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia (a pair of organic brain diseases that often affect cognitive ability, in the forms of language, thinking and memory). This disease process will often cause the affected to wonder and become lost.

Los Alamos Cops & Firefighters Dive Against Cancer

on August 22, 2015 - 1:56pm
A youngster sends Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone into the drink Friday during Relay for Life at Ashley Pond Park. The Los Alamos Police and Fire Deparments were taking dunks to raise funds to fight cancer. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone hits bottom for a worthy cause. Photo by Kateri Morris
Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider is on his way down. Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy tries to take down Fire Chief Troy Hughes Friday at the dunking tank. Photo by Kateri Morris
One way or another,

Hazy Los Alamos Sky From Western Fires

on August 21, 2015 - 12:43pm

Hazy skies. Courtesy photo

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department explains that the smoky haze occurring in the sky over Los Alamos is coming from fires burning in the western states.

"We're getting into the Fall pattern and the jet stream is pulling all the smoke from fires in Washington, Idaho, California, Oregon and Colorado right through Los Alamos," Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said.

LAFD Ceremony Honors Promoted; Retiring Firefighters

on August 15, 2015 - 2:15pm
Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes welcomes family, friends and community members and delivers opening remarks at Friday's promotional and retirement ceremony at fire station 3 in White Rock. Photo by Chris Clark/
Fire Chief Troy Hughes recognizes newly promoted firefighters, from left, Joe DeFranco, Ray Gandara and Larry Roybal. Photo by Chris Clark/
Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider addresses the audience. Photo by Chris Clark/
Larry Roybal's son pins a promotional badge on his dad's uniform. Photo by Chris Clark/

WIPP Hosts Fire Protection & Response Workshop

on August 11, 2015 - 9:06am
Representatives from DOE headquarters and other agencies meet in Carlsbad for a fire protection and emergency response workshop. Courtesy photo
WIPP News:
Fire protection experts from the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), and Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) gathered for a workshop this week in Carlsbad.
The purpose of the workshop was to identify and discuss applicable fire safety and emergency response

'Art, Wind And Fire' Event At PEEC Tuesday

on July 25, 2015 - 8:37am
Artwork by Rumi Vesselinova shows the landscape after the Las Conchas Fire. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC offers the unique opportunity to explore fire through both art and science.

The Las Conchas Fire in 2011 burned more than 150,000 acres in the areas around Los Alamos. During the fire and over the next four years, photographer Rumi Vesselinova has sought to capture how this event altered the visual landscape of the region.

Join the artist as she presents these images 7-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 at the Nature Center.

Immediately after the artist reception, Terry Foxx will discuss

Take A Tour Of A Fire Lookout July And August

on July 21, 2015 - 9:51am
The site where Dead Man’s Peak Lookout Tower now stands has been used to spot fires since at least 1913. Courtesy photo
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a fire lookoutalone in the middle of the forest, watching for telltale wisps of smoke and alerting firefighters to potentially dangerous situations?  
The next-best thing might be to sign up for a guided tour of one of the four lookouts still in service on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).

As part of the Santa Fe National Forest’s Centennial year, the public has a rare opportunity to visit the lookouts and

PEEC Summer Family Evenings: Meet Wildland Firefighters July 22

on July 18, 2015 - 8:02am

Wildland firefighter at work. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

What does it take to be a wildland fireighter? What equipment do they use? What can kids do to prevent wildfires from starting?

Individuals and families can find the answer to these and other fire-related questions at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Local wildland firefighters will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate how to use firefighting equipment and let families see their fire engine.

Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program at PEEC, and now, with the Del Norte Credit Union’s

Red Canyon Fire Consumes 17,843 Acres

on July 8, 2015 - 12:32pm
USFS News:
MAGDALENA  The Red Canyon fire on the Magdalena Ranger District remains at 17,843 acres. 
The lightning-caused fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 2 miles southeast of Grassy Lookout and 27 miles southwest of Magdalena. Resource Specialists are gathering information on heritage sites and range improvements in the current management area and fire crews are implementing fire protection preparations on those identified sites. 
In addition, one Wildland Fire Module is monitoring fire behavior and gathering data on fire effects.

Global Synthesis Of Large Wildland Fires Shows Ecological Benefit

on July 6, 2015 - 10:17am
Natural fire mosaic, southwest Oregon, 10 years post-fire. Courtesy/Geos Institute
ASHLAND, Ore.  Twenty-five leading fire scientists from around the world released a new synthesis "The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature's Phoenix" published by Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. 
For the first time extensive documentation from around the world reveals that forests and other plant communities need a variety of different types of fires, including severe ones, to rejuvenate over

Los Alamos Cops Win Tight Game Against Firefighters

on July 5, 2015 - 3:17pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes hands the traveling trophy over to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone following Saturday's annual 4th of July softball game at Overlook Park. Photo by Kateri Morris

LAFD Fire Chief Troy Hughes proves he still has what it takes. Photo by Kateri Morris

Family and friends show support during Saturday's annual July 4 LAPD vs LAFD softball game at Overlook Park. Photo by Kateri Morris


Staff Report

Members of the Los Alamos Polcie Drpartment and the Los Alamos Fire Department met for their annual 4th of July softball game Saturday morning at Overlook Park.

Chief Stone: How The Los Alamos County Ambulance Service Works

on July 3, 2015 - 10:48am
Los Alamos County ambulance fleet. Courtesy/LAFD
Division Chief  Emergency Medical Services
Los Alamos County Fire Department
When someone calls 911 for a medical emergency, emergency medical technicians and paramedics respond to your call. Often, this results in an ambulance transport to the emergency room.

Such a transport raises many questions for the patient and the family. Who is in charge of determining whether the emergency trip to the hospital was necessary? Who pays for the ambulance, the crew, and the equipment during the trip to the hospital?

Heavy Fuels Continue Burning In Commissary Fire

on June 30, 2015 - 8:01am


The lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is 13 miles to the east of Pecos, and two miles south of Barillas Peak.

Despite heavy rainstorms Saturday and a bit more rain early Sunday morning, heavy fuels in the interior of the fire continued to burn with a minimal amount of smoke. Total precipitation over the last 24 hours was reported at about a half inch.

Crews will continue chipping along the western boundary of Forest Road 66 in anticipation of the next opportunity to allow the fire to grow to meet resource objectives.

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider Awarded Firefighter Commendation From American Legion

on June 29, 2015 - 12:22pm
On behalf of the American Legion, Department of New Mexico, Cmdr. Paul Espinoza honored Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider with a Certificate of Commendation Satuurday at the local Legion for his 18 years of service to the community and leadership. The award signifies honor and service, and is given to a firefighter who exemplifies these characteristics in a special way. Photo by Leland Lehman/
LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider with his Certificate of Commendation awarded to him by American Legion Cmdr. Paul Espinosa. Photo by Leland Lehman/

LAFD Fitted For Customized Hearing Protection

on June 29, 2015 - 11:42am
Dr. Kathleen A. Romero makes a mold  of Los Alamos Firefighter Raymond Barela's ears from which to create custom plugs. Romero spent Friday fitting local firefighters at the LAFD Administrative Offices on Central Avenue. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Los Alamos Firefighter Michael Garcia takes his turn to be fitted for custom ear plugs. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Los Alamos Fire Department Safety Division Chief Wendy Servey is fitted Friday for custom ear plugs. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Staff Report

Ear mold impressions were taken Friday of Los

Latest Commissary Fire Update

on June 29, 2015 - 10:11am
SFNF News:
Fire crews on the lightning-caused Commissary Fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District successfully completed firing operations with hang ignitions on 200 acres as part of a strategy to manage the fire for resource objectives.
Resource objectives on the Commissary Fire include improving wildlife and range habitat, encouraging regeneration of aspen and improving watershed and overall forest health. Firing operations will continue with a goal of accomplishing approximately 200 acres more, including firing along Forest Road 66G and the southeastern boundary of the planned area.

Los Alamos Kinder Safety Town: 'Excellent Example Of Community Resources Partnering For Students'

on June 29, 2015 - 8:57am

Mountain Elementary School Principal Jennifer Guy enjoys the Kinder Safety Town Graduation Ceremony with Instructional Assistants Susie Bustos, Sara Cooper, and Alyssa Van Anne. Courtesy/LAPS


Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Sgt. Jordan Redmond worked in conjunction with Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) to organize the first Los Alamos Kinder Safety Town program.

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone initiated the program based upon his attendance at a similar program when he was a five-year old student. Courtesy/LAPS

Students in the two-week