2014: Los Alamos Fire Department Highlights

The Los Alamos Fire Department held a Promotion and Retirement Ceremony in June at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Divisional Chief Richard Garcia retired and was honored at the event for his more than 20 years of dedicated service. He received a special escort as he left the station. Courtesy/LAFD

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes expresses his appreciation to Divisional Chief Richard Garcia who retired after more than 20 years of dedicated service. Courtesy/LAFD 

LAFD Hosts Promotion and Retirement Ceremony

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The Los Alamos Fire Department held a Promotion and Retirement Ceremony in June at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Divisional Chief Richard Garcia retired and was honored at the event for his more than 20 years of dedicated service. He received a special escort as he left the station. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/lafd-hosts-promotion-and-retirement-ceremony

 

Breaking News: Child Involved In Barranca Mesa Pool Accident Walks Into LAFD To Thank Firefighters

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

More than a few Los Alamos firefighters and staff were reduced to tears at about 1 p.m. today when the 5-year-old boy involved in a swimming accident at Barranca Mesa Pool walked into Fire Administration and said, “thank you.”

“It was very emotional to see him walk in with his mom and dad and little sister,” Deputy Chief Just Grider told the Los Alamos Daily Post. “Many of us have children similar in age and I know every one of us are thinking about our own children when we go on calls involving children … they are always the most difficult calls for firefighters.” http://www.ladailypost.com/content/breaking-news-child-involved-barranca-mesa-pool-accident-walks-lafd-thank-firefighters

 

LAFD high angle experts rapelled into the canyon behind Meadow Lane in White Rock to rescue an injured hiker. Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider told the Los Alamos Daily Post that early indications are that the injuries are not life threatening. Check back at ladailypost.com for more on this developing story. Courtesy/LAFD

Breaking News: Rescue Underway for Injured Hiker in White Rock

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A Care Flight helicopter lifted off at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 from Overlook Park in White Rock to a trauma center carrying an injured man, about 24 years old, who fell while rock climbing. 

‘He was an experienced rock climber from Albuquerque who fell 25-30 feet and landed on his back on a ledge,’ Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said, adding that the extent of the man’s injuries are unknown but he was concious. LAFD high angle experts rapelled down at about 4 p.m. to successfully rescue the man who had been rock climbing with friends in the canyon behind Meadow Lane when he fell.  http://www.ladailypost.com/content/breaking-news-rescue-underway-injured-hiker-white-rock

 

LAFD/Search and Rescue coordinated an extensive effort to rescue two adults and one child from out-of-state who became lost while rafting down the Rio Grande River May 24. Care Flight was called in to assist bringing tthe lost rafters out of the canyon near Red Dot Trail in White Rock. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

LAFD/Search and Rescue Help Couple and Child Lost in Canyon Near Red Dot Trail

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The Los Alamos Fire Department/Search and Rescue coordinated an extensive effort to rescue two adults and one child from out-of-state who became lost while rafting down the Rio Grande River May 24. Care Flight was called in to assist bringing the rafters out of the canyon near Red Dot Trail. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/lafdsearch-and-rescue-help-couple-and-child-lost-canyon-near-red-dot-trail

 

Los Alamos County Firefighters knocked down a brush fire that erupted Nov. 20 in the back yard of a home at 49 Grand Canyon. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Firefighters Contain White Rock Brush Fire And Preserve Surrounding Homes

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Los Alamos County Firefighters knocked down a brush fire that erupted Nov. 20 in the back yard of a home at 49 Grand Canyon. Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider was at the scene and said 30-foot flames could be seen over the roofline of the home. The fire consumed a shed on the property and scorched a 600-800 square-foot area, burning trees and the fence between the home and a neighboring home at 47 Grand Canyon. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-firefighters-contain-white-rock-brush-fire-and-preserve-surrounding-homes

 

A Los Alamos firefighter uses a long bar to pry the van away from the trailer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crash scene in May in which a van ran into the back of a 18 wheeler with flatbed trailer parked on Bryce Street in front of Pinon Park Pool. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Van Drives Into 18 Wheeler Flatbed Trailer Parked on Bryce Street in White Rock

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Los Alamos firefighters rushed to the scene of an accident in May in which a van ran into the back of a 18 wheeler with flatbed trailer parked on Bryce Street in front of Pinon Park Pool.

EMTs checked out the driver and his passenger and released both at the scene. Officers at the scene said the driver was going about 20 miles per hour heading west on Bryce when the glaring sun impaired his ability to see the parked rig in front of him. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/van-drives-18-wheeler-flatbed-trailer-parked-bryce-street-white-rock

 

LAFD’s Ramon Garcia was promoted Sept. 12 from captain to division chief of the newly formed wildland division. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

J. Wayne Sanchez was promoted Sept. 12 from driver engineer to captain. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Creates New Wildland Division; Promotes Firefighters

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Two firefighters at the Los Alamos Fire Department were promoted Sept. 12. Ramon Garcia was promoted from captain to division chief of the newly formed wildland division and J. Wayne Sanchez was promoted Sept. 12 from driver engineer to captain. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-fire-department-creates-new-wildland-division-promotes-firefighters
 

LAFD Selects New Fire Marshal and Captain

LAFD News:

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes announced this morning that two members of LAFD have been promoted, effective today.

New Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland
 
Jeff Wetteland has been promoted to battalion chief, in charge of the Fire & Life Safety Division. Wetteland began his career with LAFD in July 2001 and was promoted to captain in April 2009. Chief Wetteland will serve as the County’s fire marshal.

New Fire Capt. Jeff Saiz

Jeff Saiz has been promoted to captain. He was hired in January 2006 and promoted to driver/engineer in February 2011. 

Hughes said both promotions were necessary because of the upcoming departure of LAFD’s Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson, who has accepted the fire chief’s position in Moscow, Idaho. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/lafd-selects-new-fire-marshal-and-captain

 

 

An LAFD trainer jots down his observations during a June Pre-Academy class on DP Road. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Firefighter Applicants Put Through Paces at Los Alamos Fire Department’s Pre-Academy

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) is a three-time internationally accredited agency – a fact that draws interest from potential firefighters across the nation.

Twenty such individuals have applied to join LAFD and spent 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday immersed in a pre-academy to better understand what they will be getting themselves into if hired. It gives them the opportunity to ask themselves if they have the drive, dedication and physical ability for success. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/firefighter-applicants-put-through-paces-los-alamos-fire-department%E2%80%99s-pre-academy

 

Los Alamos Firefighters train on electric cars at the LAFD training facility on DP Road. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Firefighters Train On Electric Cars

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Los Alamos Firefighters trained during a week in October at the LAFD training facility on DP Road. They learned about the particulars of electric cars in the event they respond to a crash involving one. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-firefighters-train-electric-cars

 

Members of the United Way Youth Team, with Bandelier Grill owner Brian Appell, center left, and Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, hosted Hamburger Night, their final fundraiser of the year Monday at Bandelier Grill in White Rock. The team sold more than 200 hamburgers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Monday’s Hamburger Night Packs Bandelier Grill

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Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, in pink shirt, with Bandelier Grill owner Brian Appell at the annual Hamburger Night hoted by members of the United Way Youth Team.

The team sold more than 200 hamburgers at the fundraiser at Bandelier Grill in White Rock. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/mondays-hamburger-night-packs-bandelier-grill

 

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider shows his tougher side at the County’s annual Halloween party at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Katy Korkos

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Becomes A Cop

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Looking like the meanest, badest cop in town, Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider dressed up as one of the community’s finest for the County’s annual Halloween party at Fuller Lodge.

Grider may have just realized his lifelong dream … or not. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-deputy-fire-chief-becomes-cop

 

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and his wife Jody Hughes enjoy dinner Dec. 13 with Will and Christine Nackers and children Grace and Grady. Kim Granzow serves the prime rib and salmon dinner. Photo by Gene Schmidt

Appreciation Dinner Honors Local Firefighters And Police

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More than 130 firefighters, police officers and their families were served at the appreciation dinner hosted annually during the Christmas season by First United Methodist Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Evangelical Church.

Because so many firefighters and police were working that night, a special appreciation breakfast was held Dec. 29 for personnel who missed the dinner. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/appreciation-dinner-honors-local-firefighters-and-police

 

The scene on Deacon Street New Year’s Eve behind the building in which a water pipe burst. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comPhoto by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Broken Water Pipe Puts Damper On New Year’s Eve Dinner, Forces Evacuation At Manhattan Project

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After an alarm sounded, Los Alamos firefighters arrived New Year’s Eve at the Manhattan Project Restaurant on Central Avenue and quickly discovered a broken water pipe near the sprinkler system in an empty office space at the rear of the building. The water had to be shut off and once the building was evacuated, the electricity also was shut off because water had leaked near electrical breakers. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/broken-water-pipe-puts-damper-new-years-eve-dinner-forces-evacuation-manhattan-project

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