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SFNF: Prescribed Burn Planned To Reduce Risk Of Wildfire; Restore Forest Health

on March 24, 2017 - 5:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning to conduct a prescribed burn in the Santa Fe Watershed as early as Friday, April 7, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.
 
Hand and aerial ignitions on the 850-acre treatment area approximately 4 miles east of the City of Santa Fe could continue for up to three days, depending on fuel conditions, forecasted weather and smoke dispersion conditions.

LAFD Firefighter Kenny Martinez Wins Charity Fight

on March 20, 2017 - 7:53pm

Los Alamos Firefighter Kenny Martinez holds up his newly won belt following his win against Albuquerque police officer Thomas Zaleski. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Trainers celebrate LAFD Firefighter Kenny Martinez' win Saturday night. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

LAPD Firefighter Kenny Martinez lands a punch against APD Ofc. Thomas Zaleski during Saturday's fight to knock out poverty for kids. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

ALBUQUERQUE – Los Alamos Firefighter Kenny Martinez took on Albuquerque Police Ofc.

Safety Town Registration Now Open

on March 19, 2017 - 7:42am

Safety Town fire safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

Safety Town bicycle safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

Safety Town crosswalk safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Safety Town is returning to Mountain Elementary School 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, June 19-30. This free safety program is open to all children entering Kindergarten in the Fall or who will be five years of age by Sept. 1, 2017.

The program is limited to 80 participants and registration is being accepted at the Walkup Aquatic Center front desk or register online via WebTrac on the PROS Division’s main page

House Of Representatives Honor New Mexico Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders

on March 17, 2017 - 4:33pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  March 9 the House of Representatives honored New Mexico’s law enforcement officers and first responders.
 
Reps. Yvette Herrell (R-Otero) and Patricio Ruiloba (D-Bernalillo) invited public safety personnel from across the state to join members on the House floor so they could be recognized and honored for their commitment to service.
 
Herrell also sponsored a certificate to acknowledge the dedication of New Mexico’s first responders, public safety professionals and volunteers.

Los Alamos Firefighters Give Up Hair For St. Baldrick

on March 17, 2017 - 4:14pm

Members of the Los Alamos Fire Department give up their hair for a worthy cause today during the annual St. Baldrick's head-shaving event at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Chief Joseph Candelaria gets clean shaven. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Chief Joseph Candelaria models his new do. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from today's event at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on March 17, 2017 - 8:06am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are planning a prescribed burn near the community of Mesa Poleo on the Coyote Ranger District. 
 
Hand ignitions could begin as early as Tuesday, March 21, if conditions, including weather, winds and air quality, are favorable. 
 
The SFNF hopes to treat 300 acres of hazardous fuels located 1.5 miles southwest of the community of Mesa Poleo and 3 miles southwest of Coyote. Fire crews expect to treat 50 to 100 acres per day as long as conditions remain favorable.

Fire Guts Vacant Building Near Santa Claran Casino

on March 16, 2017 - 10:31pm

A fire burned a vacant building Wednesday night between the Santa Claran casino and the vacant Arrow Motel in Espanola. Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

 

Valley Daily Post
Staff Report

A fire broke out around 9:40 p.m., Wednesday night in a vacant building on Riverside Drive in Espanola, gutting a former laundromat. The Espanola Fire Department reports that no one was injured in the fire, whch quickly consumed the interior and roof of the cinderblock structure between the Santa Claran casino and vacant Arrow Motel.

Espanola police and firefighters arrived on the scene within minutes of

Guns And Hoses Duke It Out For Charity

on March 9, 2017 - 4:55pm
Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera and Firefighter Kenny Martinez fight to knock out poverty. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
 
El Parasol owner Ralph Atencio, right, presents a $2,000 donation to Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera for the Rumble in Rio charity event.‘We are happy to support this worthy cause in which the proceeds go to help kids,” Atencio said. Kellie Michel of KJM Auto Body on Trinity Drive donated $200 to the event to help kids. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAPD Cmdr. Preston Ballew, left, and Fire Chief Troy Hughes urge Dep.

LAFD Warns Of Phony Fundraiser Phone Scam

on March 8, 2017 - 7:09pm

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Department is warning citizens of a telephone scam. Several local residents have contacted LAFD inquiring if the department is conducting a fundraiser, or trying to attempt to collect a debt, after receiving calls this week from a phone number that registers in Caller ID as belonging to the fire department.

Such calls are a phone scam and attempts to gain personal or financial/credit card information.

LAFD does not solicit funds by telephone and does not attempt to collect debts by telephone, nor does the Ambulance Billing service, on LAFD's behalf.

Burn Planned On Jemez Ranger District Sunday

on March 3, 2017 - 7:31pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  If conditions, including air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable, fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct the previously announced prescribed burn Sunday, March 5 on the Joaquin fuelwood unit on the Jemez Ranger District.

Members of the public have helped clean up the 80-acre unit to prepare it for treatment. The Joaquin fuelwood unit is at the intersection of Forest Roads (FRs) 376 and 488 for approximately 1 mile to the north.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring

February Is American Heart Month

on February 25, 2017 - 6:41am
By the American Heart Association, and
Donna McHenry, MS,
Los Alamos Fire Department
 
There are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) annually in the U.S., nearly 90 percent of them fatal, according to the American Heart Association’s newly released Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics - 2017 Update.
 
According to the report, the annual incidence of EMS-assessed non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in 2015 is estimated to be 356,500. Estimates also suggest 7,037 children suffer OHCA each year.
 
The American Heart Association wants to help everyone

LAFD Prepares Six New Fire Units For Service

on February 23, 2017 - 11:39pm

Los Alamos Fire Department personnel prepare six new trucks for service. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD firefighters train on new fire apparatus at the facility on DP Road. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department is in the process of preparing six new fire apparatus for service. 

The six units include:

  • Two Pumper Trucks capable of 1,500/gpm capacity;
  • One Heavy Rescue Truck;
  • One Light Rescue Truck;
  • One Type Four Wildland Engine; and
  • One Type Five Wildland Engine.

The pumpers and rescue trucks are replacements

Bill Helping Firefighters With PTSD Passes House

on February 21, 2017 - 7:43am

STATE News:
  • HB 157 Establishes PTSD as Disease that May Result from Firefighters’ Duties


HB 157, legislation that establishes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, passed the New Mexico House of Representatives Monday.

“Yes, our firefighters are heroes, but they are also human,” bill sponsor Rep. Debbie Armstrong said. “We ask so much of them—from running into burning buildings to pulling victims out of mangled cars.

Fire Treatment Planned On Jemez Ranger District

on February 19, 2017 - 7:40am

Prescribed burn image. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on the Joaquin fuelwood unit on the Jemez Ranger District.

Ignitions could begin as early as Feb. 24, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.

Members of the public have helped clean up the 80-acre unit to prepare it for treatment. The Joaquin fuelwood unit is at the intersection of Forest Roads (FRs) 376 and 488 for approximately 1 mile to the north.

Prescribed fires are one of the most

Bill For Firefighters With PTSD Heads To House Floor

on February 14, 2017 - 8:03am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos participates in a Labor Committee meeting Monday voting in support of HB157 to provide support for firefighters suffering from PTSD. Photo by Michael Redondo

STATE News:

  • HB157 Establishes PTSD as Disease that May Result from Firefighters’ Duties

After passing the House Labor and Economic Development Committee Monday, House Bill 157, legislation that establishes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, now heads to

LAFD: Preventing Burns In Your Home

on February 9, 2017 - 6:33am
LAFD News:
 
The Los Alamos County Fire Department would like to bring awareness of preventing burns in the home during this National Burn Awareness Week (Feb. 5-11, 2017.)
 
Each year there are more than 450,000 burn injuries that occur in the United States serious enough to require medical treatment. Many of these burns are preventable, here are some tips to help prevent these types of injuries.
 
One of the leading causes of burns to children is hot water scalds. These burn injuries are preventable:
  • Test water before bathing children.

AG Addresses Legislature With Officers, Prosecutors, Victims & Service Providers For Law Enforcement Day

on February 8, 2017 - 10:35am

STATE News:
  • Federal, state and local law enforcement will gather in the House Chamber for the Attorney General’s address

SANTA FE – Attorney General Hector Balderas will deliver a joint address this morning in the House Chambers to the New Mexico Legislature for Law Enforcement Day, and will be joined by officers, prosecutors, victims and service providers from around the state.

The topic of the Attorney General’s address is Law Enforcement in New Mexico: Coming Together to Prevent Crime in Our Communities.

Law enforcement officers set to attend include, prosecutors, victims, service

Prescribed Pile Burn On Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District To Focus On Illegally Dumped Debris

on January 11, 2017 - 9:35am
Pile of burning debris. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct an administrative pile burn to reduce illegally dumped slash and woody debris that has accumulated along Forest Road 86-A on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District.
 
Ignitions on the 0.1-acre site, 3 miles northeast of the Village of Pecos, may begin as early as tomorrow if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.
 
Illegal dumping is a serious problem on national forests, and even plant-based waste

McQuiston: Fireplace Maintenance And Safety

on December 31, 2016 - 7:22am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
The wood is stacked, the flue is open and the match is in hand. You’re about to enjoy a wonderful winter evening by the fire. Just know this first: Heat sources ignite more than 50,000 home fires in the U.S. each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
 
We’re not trying to put a damper on the mood. We just want your fire to be as safe as it is warm, so here are five fireplace safety tips to remember:
  • Maintain your fireplace, chimney and the surrounding area: Each year, ideally before your first fire of the season, bring in a certified

LAFD Issues Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

on December 28, 2016 - 5:15pm

Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos Police And Fire Chaplain Gives Thanks

on December 23, 2016 - 10:36am

By An Appreciative Los Alamos Police and Fire Chaplain

Notification went out through fliers and emails, as it has for the past 10 years, that the Annual Police and Firefighter Appreciation Dinner was to take place Dec. 17 at the First United Methodist Church. The menu would include prime rib and/or smoked salmon. The announcement also stated “bring your families and allow us the privilege and blessing of serving you. Retirees are also invited to attend.”

For the past 10 years Susan Nava and her husband Dennis Trumblee and an unbelievable number of volunteers of all ages have organized this

LAFD Offers Winter Heating Safety Tips

on December 20, 2016 - 3:48pm

LAFD News:

Brrr! Do the chilly temperatures have you dreaming of cozy gatherings around a brightly lit fire? Or maybe your home’s heating systems are working double time to keep you warm this winter. Los Alamos Fire Department says safety must be a top priority regardless of the type of heat source you are utilizing. Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. Follow Los Alamos Fire Department’s suggestions to keep your home warm and safe.

Space Heaters

“The biggest mistake is putting something too close to a heating source,” says Division Chief Ramon Garcia.

Joaquin Prescribed Pile Burn Continues On Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez And Cuba Ranger Districts

on December 15, 2016 - 3:30pm
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to continue the Joaquin prescribed pile burn on Thursday, Dec. 15, if conditions, including air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable. 
 
The 60-acre treatment area sits on the boundary between the Jemez and Cuba Ranger Districts.
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fires by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.

Prescribed Burn Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on December 13, 2016 - 6:44am

Prescribed pile burn planned as early as Wednesday on the SFNF's Cuba Ranger District. Courtesy/NPS

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning a prescribed pile burn on the Cuba Ranger District.

The 20-acre Ojitos prescribed pile burn, located just northeast of Rancho Del Chaparral Girl Scout Camp, may begin as early as Wednesday, Dec. 14, only if conditions, including air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. Fire managers expect to complete ignitions in one day.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource

Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Burn Continues On Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

on December 3, 2016 - 8:29am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the Gallinas Watershed prescribed burn next week, focusing on a 180-acre block in the Las Dispensas area and a 1,120-acre unit on Johnson Mesa. 
 
Ignitions may begin Monday, Dec. 5, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable and may continue through Thursday, Dec. 8.
 
The Gallinas Watershed, located approximately 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM, is a priority for forest restoration, including prescribed burning, because it is the primary water

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