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Proudly Serving Los Alamos County since 1989
"We Walk With P.R.I.D.E."
Fire Chief - Troy Huges

Troy Hughes- Fire Chief 

Los Alamos Fire Department
(LAFD) is one of the largest career fire departments in the State of New Mexico and operates in the smallest county in New Mexico at 109 square miles. LAFD was originally organized under the Manhattan Project in April 1943 and initially served the community with 7 civilian firefighters and 25 volunteer firefighters. Military services took over operations in September of that year and provided fire protection until 1989 when governance was transferred from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the United States Atomic Energy Commission to the Incorporated County of Los Alamos (LAC). The department provides fire suppression, emergency medical services, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, aviation rescue, fire prevention, fire investigation, code enforcement, public education, and domestic preparedness planning and response. LAFD provides these services with a career staff of 150 personnel (140 uniformed/10 civilian) and operates out of 5 stations. The LAFD is internationally accredited through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (Center for Public Safety Excellence), recognized for achieving excellence, providing customer service beyond expectation, and striving for continuous quality improvement. LAFD has a Public Protection Classification of Class 1 from the Insurance Services Office. Accordingly, we expect professionalism from each member.


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Today's Fire Danger / Current Fire Restrictions

May 18, 2021


Los Alamos County Enters Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Los Alamos, New Mexico— Los Alamos Fire Department’s Fire Marshal Wendy Servey announced
today that she is enacting Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for Los Alamos County, effective Monday, May 24,
2021. Servey said the decision was made in partnership with LAFD’s Wildland Division today after
reviewing the potential threat of wildfire.

“Seasonal fire restrictions are often developed based on specific criteria related to wildland fire risk, such
as moisture content of vegetation, weather outlooks, human risk factors and firefighting resource
availability. Cooperation of agency partners (Los Alamos Fire Department, Los Alamos National Lab, New
Mexico State Forestry, Santa Fe National Forest, Bandelier) share information and monitor regional
weather conditions and take a team approach to reducing wildfire risk,” stated Servey.

The following are NOT ALLOWED during Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:

• Non-permissible fireworks as defined by State Statue adopted by County ordinance at your home,
public or County land or open space(s) are prohibited. (See Los Alamos County – Fire Marshal’s
Office homepage for more information –
• Sky lanterns are prohibited.
• Campfires at all dispersed camping sites and undeveloped campgrounds or any County open
space(s) and or public lands are prohibited.
• Normally, per fire code the following activities require an approved permit of use through the
Fire Marshal’s Office. As a result of Stage 1 Fire Restrictions the following permits will NOT be
issued: 1) Open burning (slash piles, yard waste) larger than a recreational fire (3’x 2’) size per
fire code permit; 2) Bonfire permit.

The following are ALLOWED during Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:

• Fires, campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in fixed-built fire
rings, pits or grills provided for use at one of the 13 developed campgrounds, picnic or recreation
areas or public parks in Los Alamos and/or White Rock.
• Stoves, grills, lanterns and heaters fueled by propane or other liquified petroleum fuels may be
used if they meet manufacturer’s safety specifications and have on/off switches. Propane devices
(grills) will require an area at least 3 feet in diameter that has been cleared of flammable materials
which is also the distance from structures.
• Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles or buildings, at developed campgrounds,
recreational sites, public parks, or while standing in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that has
been cleared of all flammable material.
• Recreational fires at your home if they meet standing fire restrictions (size and safety
requirements) per fire code. (See Los Alamos County website link above for more information.)
• Permissible fireworks as defined by State Statue adopted by County ordinance for use at your
home, but not for use on public or County land and open space(s). (See Los Alamos County
website link above for more information.)
• Per fire code a permit for Fireworks (professional displays) or other pyrotechnic devices is
required from the Los Alamos County - Fire Marshal’s Office.

An exemption or an allowed activity does NOT absolve an individual or an organization from liability or
responsibility for any fire started from the exempted or allowed activity. Even if permitted, and or
allowed recreational burning is strongly discouraged, if a fire restriction is in place, and IF due to current
or expected weather conditions of the day predict high fire danger such as red flag or fire weather as
defined by the National Weather Service (NWS) which would support fire
starts or hazard(s) to the community as a whole.

“We need the community to support these restrictions and report observations of any prohibited activities
that are an emergency by calling 911,” Servey said.

Residents can also follow the USFS and NM State Forestry Restrictions when traveling outside of Los
Alamos. Visit: or for more information and of course
contact Los Alamos Fire Department-Fire Marshal’s Office, Wendy Servey, Fire Marshal mobile: 505-
695-3643 email:

2021 Firework Press Release

Fireworks Restrictions Take Effect June 8
Posted on 06/04/2021

The below PROCLAMATION will be considered by the Council at their Tuesday, June 8 meeting, at the request of Wendy Servey, Los Alamos Fire Marshal:


the weather in North Central New Mexico including Los Alamos County, has been extremely dry, resulting in conditions of exceptional drought in Los Alamos County; 47.8% of the State of New Mexico is in exceptional drought intensity (the highest) rating; and


the National Weather Service publishes drought indices which indicate that drought conditions are likely to continue and deteriorate for the next 30 days, including Los Alamos County; and


continued heavy fuel loading, low humidity, heat, and wind forecasts in the County increases the danger of wildland, brush, and grass fires, which pose an extremely high fire risk in and around Los Alamos County;


these fires would threaten homes and structures, putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk; and


The Los Alamos Fire Department - Fire Marshal’s Office, as well as, surrounding agencies have declared Stage 1 Fire Restrictions within the County of Los Alamos; and


pursuant to the New Mexico Fireworks Licensing and Safety Act, Section 60-2C-1 et. seq. NMSA 1978, as amended, the Los Alamos County Council is authorized to ban or limit the use and sale of certain fireworks when extreme or severe drought conditions exist as determined by the County Council based on the National Weather Service indices and other relevant information supplied by the United States Forest Service;


the Council of the Incorporated Council of Los Alamos does hereby proclaim that locally exceptional drought conditions exist and high to very high fire hazards represent a significant and immediate threat to safety, health, and welfare of our citizens in Los Alamos County; and


sale and use of aerial fireworks and ground audible fireworks including aerial shell kit-reloadable tubes, aerial spinners, helicopters, mines, missile type rockets, stick-type rockets, roman candles (able to shoot balls of flame 50-60 plus feet in the air), shells, chasers and firecrackers are prohibited for the next (30) days in accordance with the state statue and the County Code; and


the use of cone fountains, crackling devices, cylindrical fountains, flitter sparklers, ground spinners, illuminating torches/static (non-flame shooting) roman candles, toy smoke devices, wheels, is limited within Los Alamos County to areas that are paved or barren or that have a readily accessible source of water for use by any homeowner or the public; and


Nothing in the Proclamation shall prohibit a County - approved display of fireworks, except that any individual, association, partnership, corporation, or organization shall comply with the terms of any agreement with the County, and shall secure a written permit from the County’s Fire Marshal’s Office, and the display fireworks shall be purchased from a distributor or display distributor licensed by the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms at the United States Department of Treasury, pursuant to Section 60-2C-9, NMSA 1978.

by the Los Alamos County Council this 8th day of June 2021.

For questions or concerns, contact Los Alamos Fire Department-Fire Marshal’s Office, Wendy Servey:
Fire Marshal mobile:  505-695-3643   

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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.


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.

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
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
is demonstrated by our training, technology, physical resources, and our commitment to continuous improvement.
I for Involvement
 is demonstrated by doing the right thing on and off duty for the benefit of our department and the community.
D for Discipline
 to the improvement of the community and the safety and well-being of our fellow team members.
E for Excellence
 is at the heart of our individual and department goals, recognizing that we are entrusted with the safety and welfare of our community.





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

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

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.

2020 CRA-SOC
2015 SOC
2010 SOC

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. 

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