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LOS ALAMOS FIRE DEPARTMENT
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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Notice and Order of
Stage 3 Fire Restrictions and Closure

Los Alamos, New Mexico—Fire Marshal Wendy Servey is escalating Fire Restrictions to Stage 3 which involves closure of the unpaved trail systems along with other types of activity for Los Alamos County, effective May 7, 2022.

An unusually early start to fire season along with continued critical to extreme fire weather associated high winds, dry fuel moistures, extended drought resulting in very high to extreme. In these conditions one could expect quick and extensive fire spread. Another consideration is the difficulty rescuing recreational users quickly, as responders will be tasked with multiple tactical priorities simultaneously in case of a wildfire start.  “The Fire Department thanks the community for its support, and understands it may be difficult to adhere too, as we are just starting to move about from the pandemic, however, now is the time to take a preventative stance.”

All conditions for previous stages are included and met for Stage 3. For clarification, added conditions for Stage 3 Fire Restrictions are in bold.

The following are NOT ALLOWED during Stage 3 Fire Restrictions:

  • Use of firearms, firing ranges or use of ammunitions.
  • All recreational activity on unpaved trail systems and open space to include camping, hiking, horses, bicycles, motor bikes and all-terrain vehicles.
  • Non-permissible fireworks as defined by State statue and 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 – https://lacnm.com/LAFD-FireMarshal.
  • Building, maintaining an open fire, bonfires, fire pits, campfires, or recreational fires to include charcoal (briquet) grills, coal, or wood stove within the County. This includes all fires in campgrounds, un-improved sites, open space areas, and public and private residences.
  • Using or operating a generator, chainsaw, riding mower or other internal or external combustible engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, and in working order.
  • Driving off designated roadways.
  • Use of explosives/blasting.
  • Sky lanterns.

    The following are ALLOWED during Stage 3 Fire Restrictions:

  • Use of paved trails of Canyon Rim, La Mesa and the paved accessway to Overlook Point can be utilized.
  • 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.
  • Smoking only in enclosed vehicles or buildings as authorized by Chapter 18, Article IV of the County Code.
  • Use of permissible fireworks as defined by State Statue and adopted by County ordinance for use residential use on paved/barren area with adequate supervision and water supply. However, as a reminder use on public or County land and open space(s) is not allowed, and permissible aerial firework use may be limited with local legislation as allowed by State Statue. Firework (displays) and other pyrotechnic devices only with a valid approved operational permit by the Fire Marshal’s Office, Fire Marshal.
  • Welding or operating acetylene torch or other torch with a flame only with a valid approved operational permit issued by the Fire Marshal’s Office, Fire Marshal.

A violation of this notice of Los Alamos County Fire Restrictions may be subject to a written notice violation (citation) that may result in prosecution and penalties.

Firefighters, and other public service or government officials on official business or training activity and permit holders may have exemption from these restrictions only as approved.

Know before you go. A copy of the Fire Marshal’s Order for Stage 3 Fire Restrictions can be found at  https://lacnm.com/LAFD-FireMarshal.

Fire restrictions and updates for Los Alamos County and throughout New Mexico are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information Website at www.nmfireinfo.com


Today's Fire Danger is Extreme

Contact Info

505-662-8301

505-662-8302

[email protected]

999 Central Ave. Suite 200

Monday - Friday:

8:00am - 5:00pm

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 is for ReadinessReadiness is demonstrated by our training, technology, physical resources, and our commitment to continuous improvement.
I for Integrity
Integrity
 is demonstrated by doing the right thing on and off duty for the benefit of our department and the community.
D for Dedication
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.

 

    

 

Accreditation

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