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Smoke Visible From Three Fires On SFNF

on September 18, 2017 - 8:53am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE ― Three lightning-caused fires on the Santa Fe National Forest put up visible smoke Saturday as crews keep an eye on the Beaver Creek, Deer Creek and Ojitos Fires.
 
The Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District started July 7 in a 90,000-acre block that has been cleared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for forest restoration. 
 
Fire crews have taken advantage of favorable conditions to add low-intensity fire to the ground on both sides of Forest Road 468 and on the west side of the fire perimeter to remove hazardous fuels and mitigate the risk

Fire Suppression Now Hot Topic For National Leaders

on September 16, 2017 - 8:15am
NWTF News:
 
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation applauds Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s continual efforts to advance sportsmen’s priorities, particularly his latest secretarial order, which begins the push to end catastrophic wildfires.
 
Zinke directed all Department of the Interior bureaus, superintendents and land managers at all levels to adopt more aggressive practices to prevent and combat the spread of those catastrophic wildfires.
 
Zinke’s order also spells out how he expects those orders to be carried out, as he wants to see fuel reductions and

LAFD Starts Annual Hydrant Testing Monday

on September 14, 2017 - 3:05pm

LAFD News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) will be testing fire hydrants throughout Los Alamos County beginning Monday through mid-November.

The purpose of hydrant testing is to ensure that they will provide an adequate water supply for fire suppression and to flush out sediments that have accumulated in the water distribution system over the past year. These tests are part of the regular hydrant maintenance program and are done in conjunction with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

You will see LAFD firefighters and vehicles throughout the community flowing water

Two Cars Crash Near Los Alamos High School

on September 12, 2017 - 6:30pm

The drivers of two vehicles that crashed during this evening's commute at the intersection of Diamond Drive and Sandia were transported with minor injuries to Los Alamos Medical Center. Police at the scene indicated that the red car turned left from Sandia onto Diamond Drive and collided with the blue BMW. Los Alamos fire and police responded to the scene, which included handling traffic that was backed up for long distances in both directions. Photo by Josh Smith

Scene from this evening's collision at Diamond Drive and Sandia. Photo by Josh Smith

Scene from this evening's collision at

IAFF #3279 Raises Funds For NM Cancer Center

on September 12, 2017 - 3:56pm

Los Alamos Fire Department members, from left, Chief Ramon Garcia, Firefighter Dwight Williams and Capt. Joseph Baca model t-shirts being sold by International Association of Firefighters Local #3279 to raise funds for the New Mexico Cancer Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Marisha Griego shows off the design on the back of T-shirts being sold by the IAFF Local 3279 in support of the New Mexico Cancer Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

For the seventh consecutive year, the International Association

Udall, Heinrich Join Senators Urging Congress To Pass Wildfire Funding Fix In Any Future Disaster Aid

on September 12, 2017 - 9:41am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  With large fires blazing across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of senators led by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), in a letter urging Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell and Charles E. Schumer to include a wildfire funding fix in any future disaster aid legislation that passes through Congress.    
 
The Senate passed a bipartisan funding bill to help with the cost of fighting the wildfires in western states as part

Wildfire Mitigation Project Public Meeting Sept. 20

on September 12, 2017 - 9:23am
FEMA News:
 
Los Alamos County Fire Department in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting public input on a proposed Wildfire Mitigation Project in Los Alamos County, New Mexico.
 
 
The County will host a public meeting Sept. 20, to provide details about the project and to solicit input from the public. The public meeting is 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Fire Department Administration Building in the Training Room, at 999 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.
 
The proposed Wildfire Mitigation Project would include vegetation thinning on

Scenes From Los Alamos Fire Department’s 9/11 Memorial Climb ... May We Never Forget

on September 10, 2017 - 6:55am

Firefighters from the Los Alamos Fire Department and members of the community gather Saturday at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area for the Fourth Annual 9/11 Memorial Climb. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

A bolt from the World Trade Center was passed from person to person Saturday morning during the Los Alamos Fire Department Honor Guard's Fourth Annual 9/11 Memorial Climb at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Honor Guard members from left, David Palmer, Cmdr. Rick Acedo and David Apodaca prior to Saturday's 9/11 Memorial Climb.

Longview Properties Red-Tagged As Unsafe

on September 7, 2017 - 11:21am

A wood beam over a walkway outside a Longview Drive property in White Rock shows obvious signs of deterioration and was red-tagged Tuesday for unsafe conditions. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Two of the buildings at the Longview complex in White Rock that were taped off and red-tagged Tuesday by Los Alamos County and Fire Department officials. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

 

Los Alamos County Chief Building Official Michael Arellano and Fire Marshall Jeffrey Wetteland red-tagged buildings Tuesday on

LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Garcia Retires

on September 7, 2017 - 10:32am

LAFD Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia is retiring Sept. 21 after 23 years of service. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

As Los Alamos Fire Department Wildland Fire Division Chief Ramon Garcia gets ready to retire Sept. 21, it’s clear that he will never stop pushing prevention and mitigation and thinking of how to keep the community safe.

It’s hard to believe that after 23 years, 20 of them firefighting with LAFD, Garcia will be able to have that quiet cup of coffee in the morning, bike to the gym and stop at

Prescribed Burns Planned On Santa Fe National Forest

on September 7, 2017 - 10:21am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) announced plans to take advantage of favorable fall conditions to conduct prescribed burns on approximately 4,000 acres. 
 
If conditions are favorable, ignitions could begin as early as Sept. 21 on approximately 1,500 acres in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed east of Santa Fe, 2,300 acres in Mesitas 8 miles southwest of Abiquiu, and another 110 acres on Borrego Mesa 6 miles southeast of Truchas.

LAFD Honor Guard Gears Up For 9/11 Memorial Climb

on September 6, 2017 - 7:39pm

Los Alamos Fire Department Honor Guard members during last year's September 11th Memorial Climb at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Fire Department Honor Guard is gearing up for the Fourth Annual Sepember 11th Memorial Climb scheduled  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pajarito Ski Hill.

“Because we are a mountain town and not a big city, we don’t have a high-rise building.

Critical Incident Stress Management Training Held In White Rock

on August 31, 2017 - 8:51pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory employees as well as Los Alamos Fire Department staff and community members attend a seminar on Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Wednesday at the White Rock Fire Station on N.M. 4. The class was organized by LAFD Chaplain Jennifer Bartram and LANL Occupational Medicine Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Maines. The speaker was Anne Balboni, Psy. D., State Coordinator/Clinical Director of Rhode Island Stress Management Team, Inc.

SFNF Crews Continue To Monitor, Manage Ojitos Fire

on August 31, 2017 - 7:27am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to monitor the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District, taking advantage of favorable windows to use low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
Since July 7 when lightning struck a tree in the 90,000-acre Rio Chama block that has been cleared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for forest restoration, fire crews have added fire to the ground on both sides of Forest Road (FR) 468 and on the west side of the fire perimeter to remove hazardous

LAPD Conducts Taser Training

on August 30, 2017 - 10:09am

Los Alamos Police Department Det. Joey Robinson, far left, assists Detention Center staff Tuesday during taser training. In order to be certified to use a taser, officers must first experience its effects. The trainee is guided to the ground as he falls. Trainees describe being shot as feeling like you are being microwaved or having a full-body Charlie Horse. Command staff and fellow officers cheered the four trainees on at the training session Tuesday, having been through the not so pleasant experience themselves. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAPD Public Safety Aide Supervisor

LAFD: Can We Find You?

on August 30, 2017 - 7:20am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

If you have ever driven the streets of Los Alamos in the dark when it is raining or snowing, desperately searching for a house number, you will understand why Los Alamos Fire Department is calling on property owners to maintain visible numbers on their houses.

LAFD Emergency Medical Services Division Chief Ben Stone explains that not being able to find a house number adds additional stress to an already stressful situation, especially when someone is critically ill or injured.

“Imagine yourself calling 911 for a family member

LAFD Battalion Chief Moves To Operations

on August 24, 2017 - 8:35am

Los Alamos Fire Department Battalion Chief has moved from her former position as Safety Division Chief to B Shift Chief. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Department Battalion Chief Wendy Servey’s first career choice was not firefighting but from the moment you meet her, you realize that she truly found her calling when she first became a career fire medic.

Originally from near Cleveland, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science – Design and Visual Communications at Bowling Green State

LAFD Emergency Medical Calls On The Rise

on August 24, 2017 - 8:01am

LAFD EMS Division Chief Benjamin Stone stands next to a machine that dispenses medication to LAFD personnel to replenish those administered during their shift. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Fire Department has responded to 1,046 calls for emergency medical services (EMS) so far this year, up 144 from the same period last year.

EMS Division Chief Benjamin Stone said he has carefully documented each one of those calls and is proud of LAFD’s response to them.

LAFD Holds Resuscitation Academies Sept. 29-30

on August 23, 2017 - 6:30am

LAFD News: 

 

The Los Alamos Fire Department and The Maryland Resuscitation Academy (RA) will present two consecutive one-day resuscitation academies 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30 at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

The Maryland RA is a one-day, intensive course dedicated to improving survival rates of patients suffering pre-hospital cardiac arrest and is suitable for emergency medical services (EMS) supervisors, medical directors, fire/EMS chiefs, EMS personnel of all levels and hospital and emergency department staffs across New Mexico and surrounding

McQuiston: The ABCs Of Fire Extinguishers

on August 21, 2017 - 6:33am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
The ABCs Of Fire Extinguishers – What You Need To Know
 
It might seem hard to believe, but there are some people that feel fire extinguishers are not a valuable fire protection method.
 
The fact is, most people have limited knowledge of fire extinguishers and their intended use. A fire extinguisher can certainly be a lifesaver.
 
There are numerous factors to consider when selecting the proper fire extinguisher. Selection, location, servicing, and training are the key elements of utilizing fire extinguishers to their full capacity.
 
The

DPU Notes Increase In Gas Leak Reports

on August 20, 2017 - 2:39pm
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A spike in suspected gas leaks reported to the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities and Los Alamos Fire Department last week was mostly related to leaking appliances, according to the County’s Deputy Utilities Manager Jack Richardson.

There was a total of six calls Aug. 17 alone but Richardson said his supervisors were not really surprised.

“As we head into fall weather, people are relighting furnaces and using more gas, so we get more calls than we typically do.

Firefighters Spiff Up Fleet In White Rock

on August 18, 2017 - 10:15am

Los Alamos Firefighters wash and shine their emergency response vehicles Saturday morning at Station 3 in White Rock. LAFD maintains one of the top fleets in the nation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD Responds To Gas Leak At Duplex Near Urban

on August 17, 2017 - 7:57pm

Los Alamos Fire Department and County Utilities responded to a suspected gas leak early this evening at a residence at 41st Street and Urban Street. The homeowner reportedly smelled gas when he arrived home from work and called the County. A gas leak was found somewhere underneath the home and gas has been shut off to both sides of the duplex until State inspectors check the system. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos firefighters check for a gas leak early this evening at a residence at 41st Street and Urban Street. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Firefighters leave

Ojitos Fire On SFNF Provides Opportunity To Use Fire For Resource Benefit

on August 17, 2017 - 7:02am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) continue to monitor the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the Coyote Ranger District with a focus on using low-intensity fire on the ground to achieve multiple resource benefits.
 
The 330-acre Ojitos Fire is on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness where fire managers are using natural barriers like roads, rocky mesas and drainages to limit the fire’s spread. The fire’s growth has been limited by monsoonal moisture and topography, which includes drainages, cliffs and patches of bare soil. 
 
Over the

No Injuries In West Jemez Road Accident

on August 8, 2017 - 3:59pm

Traffic is delayed Monday afternoon on West Jemez Road as a man and his grandson are rescued from their vehicle after it left the road and ended up in a ravine some 50 feet below. Los Alamos Police Officers Tim Lonz, Jay Eakins and Cmdr. Preston Ballew responded to the scene following a 911 call and rescued the two people from the vehicle. There were no injuries and no citation was issued. At first it proved difficult to locate the vehicle but it was eventually spotted by Eakins. Los Alamos Fire Department also responded. Photo by Josh Smith

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