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LOS ALAMOS FIRE DEPARTMENT
Proudly Serving Los Alamos County since 1989
"We Walk With P.R.I.D.E."
 
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Troy Hughes- Fire Chief 
Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) is the third largest career fire department in the state of New Mexico. The department provides a multi-disciplined, multi-dimensional mission of fire, rescue, emergency medical, public education and life safety services to the citizens and visitors of Los Alamos County. Included in the services LAFD provides are the protection of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL),a large nuclear research and development complex; protection of the communities of Los Alamos and White Rock; and assistance in the provision of emergency response for an extensive urban wildland interface. LAFD was organized under the Manhattan Project in April 1943. At that time it consisted of 7 civilian firefighters and 25 volunteer firefighters. In September 1943, the firefighter functions were taken over by the military. The Fire Department was governed by the US Atomic Energy Commission and the US Department of Energy (DOE) until the Incorporated County of Los Alamos took it over in September 1989. Today, LAFD operates 6 fire stations with 150 budgeted positions,130 shift firefighters including 3 shift Battalion Chiefs, 9 Chief and Staff Officers assigned to days and 13 civilian support staff.
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Today's Fire Danger / Baseline Fire Restrictions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

County Moves to Level II Fire Restrictions

Los Alamos, New Mexico— Los Alamos Fire Department’s Fire Marshal Wendy Servey announced today that she is proceeding to Level II Fire Restrictions for Los Alamos County, effective immediately. Servey said the decision was made in partnership with LAFD’s Wildland Division after reviewing the potential threat of wildfire.

“While Los Alamos has enjoyed a few rain showers in the past week, there is still a significant threat from wildfire, coupled with ongoing drought conditions and an increase in dry lightning strikes in forested areas,” Servey said, noting that there are currently active fires burning in the Leche, Canada Ancha and Pot Creek areas.

“We are asking our local citizens and visitors to continue to be vigilant as we work through another active wildfire season, especially with so many individuals out using the trails or recreating in open space for exercise and stress relief during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Servey said, “Take extra precautions for fire and trail safety. All fires in open spaces are prohibited, and continued access to our trails and the surrounding forest will greatly depend upon residents abiding within these fire restrictions.”

Servey said that the public can help LAFD by being on the lookout for wildfires and reporting them quickly, before they grow out of control.

“If you’re out on the trails, watch for signs of smoke or fire in the forests around the County and report anything suspicious by calling Emergency Dispatch at 911. If you have a cell phone and are able to have service and report your latitude and longitude coordinates, that allows us to respond rapidly and deploy fire resources,” Servey said.

 

Servey said that Level II builds upon the Baseline Fire Restrictions implemented last month, with the main difference being that charcoal or barbeque fire are now banned at County parks or at developed campsites, and chainsaw fire safety measures and use in forested areas has become more restrictive.

 

The following activities are NOT ALLOWED during Level II Fire Restrictions:

 

  • Smoking is prohibited. Exemption: Allowed in a designated area, enclosed vehicle or in an area of at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible, flammable material

     

  • All types of fireworks are prohibited on County public lands and open spaces. Note: Fireworks are permitted on private land, except for aerial devices and ground audible devices (as defined by New Mexico Statute 60-2C-7); LAFD strongly recommends fireworks on private land only be used on concrete or dirt surface barren/cleared of all combustible, flammable material and with a water source located nearby.

     

  • Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame is prohibited, unless under an approved permit issued by the Fire Marshal’s office, or, if operating under an approved permit issued by LANL Fire Protection and the Fire Marshal

     

  • Operating or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in working order is prohibited

     

  • Operating a chainsaw in a forested area is prohibited unless the following conditions are in place: (1) using a chainsaw equipped with an approved spark arresting device, (2) having ready access to a chemical water-pressurized fire extinguisher, and (3) having ready access to a round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches available for use

     

  • Use of firearms or target shooting on public, County lands and open spaces is prohibited. Exemption: Discharging of firearms is allowed by law enforcement and government agencies at designated shooting ranges; Private shooting ranges such as the Sportsman’s Club are permitted to continue to operate.

     

  • Open burning is prohibited on private, County, public lands and open spaces. The burning of trash or rubbish is prohibited. No open burn permits will be issued by the Fire Marshal’s Office during fire restrictions. Exemption:Prescribed burns for wildland management by an authorized federal, state or local agency requires approved permit by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

     

  • Bonfires are prohibited. No bonfire permits will be issued by the Fire Marshal’s Office during fire restrictions.

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove, including any fire contained in portable devices such as a grill or chiminea, within all County parks, on developed or undeveloped campgrounds on County land, specifically Camp May Campground and open spaces, is prohibited.

 

Exemptions:  The following exemptions apply to private use at one- and two-family dwellings, if there is no “Red Flag” warning in effect (info on warning status is posted daily on the LAFD website):

  1. Recreational fires – Allowed if using a spark arrestor in a permanently constructed fixed fireplace, ring or grate no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height; recommended to be located at least 25 feet away from structures
  2. Portable outdoor fireplaces, outdoor heater appliances and chimineas – allowed if using a spark arrestor; recommended to be located 15 feet away from structures
  3. Outdoor (NG) and liquid petroleum (LPG-propane) gas stoves and grills – Allowed if equipped with shut-off valves; recommended to be located 3 feet away from all structures.

 

An exemption does not absolve an individual or an organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started from the exempted activity.

 

“It’s our goal to keep trails and open spaces available to the public to use, especially during this time of the COVID-19 emergency when they are so popular,” Servey said, “However, we need the public’s support and cooperation. Check for Red Flag warnings before lighting your backyard fire pit or fireplace; closely monitor and have an available water source nearby when using barbeque grills at home, purchase and use only permitted fireworks for your 4th of July celebration, and actively observe conditions around you when out on the trails,” she said, “These are just a few ways you can help LAFD keep our community protected from the threat of wildfire this summer.”

 

Servey said she has been impressed by the amount of brush, trees and debris clearing that has already visibly been occurring the last two months on private properties, as residents work on implementing defensible space measures around their property during the “stay at home” executive order.

 

”LAFD thanks everyone for proactively taking steps to create a safer boundary around homes, which helps our firefighters’ response times when fighting wildfires on private property,” she said.

 

Residents are welcome to contact her office at 662-8305 for non-emergency calls and any questions about Level II restrictions, Servey said.

 

“Working together, we can make it safely through another wildfire season here in Los Alamos County,” she said.

 

Residents can also follow the USFS and NM State Forestry Restrictions when traveling outside of Los Alamos. Visit www.nmforestry.com or https://firerestrictions.us/for more information.

 

National Parks, Monuments, Preserves and Wildlife Refuges host year-round fire restrictions. Contact Bandelier National Monument and Valles Caldera National Preserve before visiting for specific information.


 

2019 Firework Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fireworks in Los Alamos County

Los Alamos, New Mexico— Fireworks in Los Alamos County.

As July 4th approaches, thoughts turn to outdoor events and of course fireworks. Make sure your Independence Day activities do not turn tragic by following some simple rules and guidelines. The County is under Moderate Fire Danger, and with certain precautions will allow the Fireworks Display show at Overlook Park. The best way to enjoy the holiday is to attend this professional display at Overlook Park on July 4th.

The County of Los Alamos, has not adopted by ordinance the regulation of certain permissible fireworks. However, the New Mexico State Statue, which is the Fireworks Licensing and Safety Act 60-2C7 (2007) is in effect which describes permissible and non-permissible fireworks.

Remember “legal” does not mean that fireworks are safe; remember these are explosives and should be used responsibly!  Before shooting fireworks, have plenty of space. Avoid areas of dry vegetation or other combustible materials and have a water hose or bucket available in case of a small fire. Keep small children and pets out of the immediate area and watch out for traffic. When you are done, dispose of waste material in a safe manner and not in the regular trash.

The most frequent fireworks complaints are people who don’t clean up afterwards and people discharging onto property other than their own. Be courteous of neighbors that may not share the same enthusiasm about celebrating the holiday also, please be mindful that other County Ordinances such as the noise or nuisance complaints can be filed.

For questions about fireworks, contact the Los Alamos County Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office, Los Alamos County Fire Department at (505) 662-8301. To report the inappropriate use, or illegal fireworks, contact the Los Alamos County Police Department at (505) 662-8222.

 

See safety tips below and follow the State guidelines for what is allowed.

 

Fireworks Allowed:

Consumer Fireworks with a classification of 1.4G.

Fireworks Allowed:

  • sparklers and flitter sparklers
  • cone and cylindrical fountains
  • crackling devices, chases, and firecrackers
  • ground and aerial spinners, and ground audible devices
  • illuminating torches and wheels
  • aerial devices, aerial shell kit reloadable tubes and aerial spinners
  • helicopters and mines
  • missile type rockets
  • roman candles

Fireworks NOT Allowed:

  • Rockets on a stick (example: bottle rockets)
  • Fireworks that produce an audible effect, other than a whistle with a charge of more than one hundred thirty milligrams of explosive

Where are the restrictions on where you can shoot fireworks?

  • Cannot use fireworks on or near state forest land, wildlands.
  • Cannot shoot fireworks from a motor vehicle, or throw into a vehicle or near a person or groups of people
  • Cannot be propelled onto property not owned by the fireworks shooter
  • Cannot be discharged within 150 feet of a fireworks retail sales location

Below is the link to which shows the New Mexico State Fire Marshal Fireworks Ordinance information.

http://www.torrancecountynm.org/uploads/Downloads/Fire%20Chief/NM%20State%20Fire%20Marshal%20Fireworks%20Ordinance.pdf

Today's Fire Danger is Very High

Contact Info

505-662-8301

505-662-8302

LAFD@lacnm.us

999 Central Ave. Suite 200

Monday - Friday:

8:00am - 5:00pm

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Mission

Los Alamos Fire Department is honored to be entrusted with the safety and welfare of our community.  We are dedicated and proud to provide exceptional services for the preservation of life, the environment, and property.

Vision

The Los Alamos 2024 vision is to continue to be widely known as an internationally accredited fire service agency that serves with PRIDE, while meeting our mission for our community.

L
ooking toward the futurity we seek, we will continue to strive for excellence with all of our pursuits. Our enhanced communications, both internal and external, will help us further connect with the people of Los Alamos, as well as become a more effective and efficient organization.

Acknowledging that we value professionalism, we will invest in our greatest asset, our members, through our initiative that focuses on improved leadership. This, along with comprehensive succession planning, will help move the department forward, sustaining and growing the quality that is the Los Alamos County Fire Department.

For us to demonstrate our readiness, our training initiative will bolster our ability to safely serve those who entrust us with the responsibility of their safety and welfare.

Dedication to those we serve and ourselves will be the mainstay in all that we do, while always personifying our traditions and calling by holding each other accountable for fulfilling our mission, living our values, accomplishing our goals, and bringing this vision to fruition.

Core Values

" We Walk With P.R.I.D.E"

 

P for Professionalism
Professionalism
is the foundation of our general culture and guided by our commitment to public relations and external communications initiative ensuring an enhanced interaction with the community we are honored to serve.
R for Readiness
Readiness 
is demonstrated by our training, technology, physical resources, and our commitment to continuous improvement.
I for Involvement
Integrity
 is demonstrated by doing the right thing on and off duty for the benefit of our department and the community.
D for Discipline
Dedication
 to the improvement of the community and the safety and well-being of our fellow team members.
E for Excellence
Excellence
 is at the heart of our individual and department goals, recognizing that we are entrusted with the safety and welfare of our community.

 

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Accreditation

Los Alamos County Fire Department Achieves International Accreditation for the Fourth Time

 
 CFAI 1997-2008 Logo  CFAI 2010-2015 Logo  CFAI Logo 2015-2020

Accreditation—it’s not “just a plaque on the wall”. It’s a journey.
Someone once said that athletic activities would be a big waste of time if they didn’t keep score. No one really wants to watch a lot of physical effort between two groups of individuals unless they can determine who did the best job of playing the game. In our industry, the two opposite sides are the fire service effort as waged against the problem or accident. In the context of the accreditation concept, the CFAI has adopted the use of two different ways of keeping score. They are called baselines and benchmarks.

A baseline is defined as a database from which something can be judged. It also refers to current and historical performance.
A benchmark is defined as a standard from which something can be judged. It refers to future performance goals. Searching for industry best practice will help define superior or benchmark performance for which an organization can strive to meet.

Community Driven Strategic Plan
If we want to improve in our continuous drive for excellence, we must determine the organizational direction for excellence and develop a strategy for getting there. A properly developed strategic plan steers an organization from “business as usual” towards attainment of excellence by tackling areas needing improvement.

Community Risk Assessment—Standard of Cover

Matching resources to the risk using a methodology of identifying community hazards and risks, fire station distribution relative to the unique hazards, risks, population densities and service demand. The concentration of resources is established along with call type critical tasking, equipment needs and performance measures.

Fire & Emergency Services Self-Assessment Manual
The primary purpose of an internal self-evaluation is to determine the current, or baseline performance of each of our services and programs. The second is to determine industry best practices and local expectations for the services and programs resulting in the development of plans for improvement. These plans must have a direct relationship to the department goals and objectives. The final reason is to provide a process by which to evaluate our services and programs in relation to improving the quality of the department and increasing the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of the agency.

What is "Accreditation"?

Accreditation is a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation model that enables organizations to examine past, current, and future service levels and internal performance and compare them to industry best practices. This process leads to improved service delivery.

CPSE's Accreditation Program, administered by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) allows fire and emergency service agencies to compare their performance to industry best practices in order to:

• Determine community risk and safety needs and develop community-specific Standards of Cover.
• Evaluate the performance of the department.
• Establish a method for achieving continuous organizational improvement.

The CFAI accreditation process provides a well-defined, internationally-recognized benchmark system to measure the quality of fire and emergency services.

For more information on the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) visit their webpage. 

Annual Reports

Fire Administration offices are located at
999 Central Ave. Suite 200 (2nd floor of the LAFD building)
Los Alamos, NM 87544