Fire Marshal's Office
Contact Info

The Fire Marshal’s office provides programmatic oversight for incident reporting, new and existing building inspections, fire investigations, code enforcement, plan reviews, fire suppression/detection system inspection, and public awareness.

Mission

The mission of the Los Alamos County Fire and Life Safety Management Division is to develop, maintain, and provide fire prevention and code enforcement for the preservation of life, safety, property and environment for the citizens of Los Alamos County.

Fire Marshal Division Staff

Wendy Servey
Division Chief/Fire Marshal
505-662-8305
wendy.servey@lacnm.us

Stephen Rinaldi
Senior Fire and Life Safety Coordinator
505-662-8314
stephen.rinaldi@lacnm.us

Marisol Padilla
Senior Office Specialist
505-662-8317
marisol.padilla@lacnm.us

Plan Review/Permitting

Plan Review

Plan reviews for commercial construction are to be submitted through the Community Development Department (CDD).  Plan Review submissions specifically for fire suppression and detection systems can be turned directly in to the Fire Marshal’s Office. Three (3) copies of all detection/suppression plans are required, one stamped set to be on-site at all times during construction, one to be kept with the building owner and one to be kept with the Fire Marshal’s Office. Plans should be submitted with applicable checklist/forms/documents found under the Permit Submission tab below.

All suppression/detection systems must be installed and maintained by companies that have an active Certificate of Fitness with the State of New Mexico Fire Marshal's Office. 

Pre-Application meetings may be scheduled with the Building Official, Fire Marshal, and any other county official necessary to provide guidance for the new business owner prior to plan submittal.  Pre-Application meetings should be scheduled through CDD (662-8120).

Permitting

Permitting is accomplished in a collaborative effort with the Community Development Department (CDD) and the Fire Marshal’s Office.  Permits need to be obtained for building construction and remodels, fire suppression/detection systems, hoods for commercial cooking operations, blasting operations, demolition operations, open burning in Pajarito Acres/La Senda (open burning is not allowed in any other areas), elevator construction, etc. Los Alamos County's adopted fire codes are NFPA 101 and NFPA 1 (2015). 

Los Alamos Municipal Code

Camp Fires

Camp Fires

Camp fires are allowed on private property and at the Camp May camping areas under the following conditions. When the county is not under Fire Restrictions/Red Flag conditions, in an approved fire ring/burn container with the surrounding areas free of vegetation, and a water supply must be available (preferably a garden hose, or buckets of water). The fire must be constantly attended/supervised by a responsible party able to extinguish the fire, and no burning of yard waste (weeds, grass, leaves, slash, brush, garbage), only burning of fire wood for entertainment purposes/cooking is allowed.Call the Fire Marshal’s Office for further clarification, if necessary.

Please be aware of wind conditions to avoid burdening your neighbors with smoke, embers, etc. LAFD personnel have the right to stop any and all burning operations that pose a danger or a burden to the surrounding public.

Fire Investigations

Fire Investigations

The Los Alamos Fire Department utilizes a Fire Investigation Team comprised of 12 to 15 certified members of LAFD staff to provide investigations for structure fires, vehicle fires, and wildland/vegetation fires. LAFD works in conjunction with the Los Alamos Police Department,Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s Office, and other entities to provide thorough investigations including evidence collection, fire cause determination, and legal documentation for intentional and unintentional fires. The Fire Investigation Team provides services to the community of Los Alamos , the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). 

 

Hydrant Testing

Hydrant Testing

Hydrant testing is performed annually to test the conditions of fire hydrants and the municipal water system. LAFD personnel are trained to limit landscape/property damage to the best of their abilities.For hydrants located on private property, please limit surrounding vegetation and any obstructions to LAFD access.

Placement of Address

Placement of Address

LAFD asks the public to place their address number in a highly visible area with large numbers (at a minimum of 4 inches) and numbers that are contrasting the associated background to which it is affixed. Conspicuous placement allows for the fastest possible response for emergency responders. Please mitigate vegetation and other obstacles that block the view of your address. Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office for further information.

 House Numbers  House number placement

Residential Fire Safety

Follow the diagram below: 
Recommended Locations for Detectors


Firework Information

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