LAFD Conducts Ladder Truck Training

Los Alamos firefighters recently conducted training at Fire Station 3, 129 N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Fire Department Training Division provides for and maintains the department’s preparedness and recently conducted training at Fire Station 3 in White Rock.

LAFD training includes:

  • incident management;
  • fire suppression and investigations;
  • wildland and urban interface firefighting;
  • emergency medical services;
  • hazardous materials response;
  • high angle and confined space rescue;
  • incident reporting and computer training, and
  • other emergency and non-emergency services.

LAFD fire suppression training is developed and implemented using NFPA, IFSTA, LAFD Training Academy, and New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy curriculum as guidelines. The Department has two full time training officers with fire service, instructional, methodology training. They coordinate the centralized and decentralized performance-based training, drills, evolutions, and exercises.

Hazardous Materials, First Responder Operations Training is provided utilizing OSHA 1910.120, NFPA 471/472, and the California Specialized Training Institute, San Louis Obispo, CA. (CSTI) curriculum as a guideline.

Rescue related training (i.e. rope/confined space rescue, building collapse rescue, auto extrication, and heavy rescue, swift water rescue) is developed using standard curriculum, IFSTA, OSHA legislation, NFPA Standards, CMC, and ROCO Rescue Inc., Rescue 3 International, and the New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy Guidelines.

Training programs have been developed to address major training elements necessary for a multi-disciplined response. The Department’s goal is to train all members in every aspect of response. The Department’s current approach is to address elements mandated by the Fire Contract, local, state, and federal regulation, while developing “state of the art” training programs to address future needs. The Department’s training activities are ongoing, and multi-disciplined.

The mission of the Los Alamos Fire Department’s Training Division is to provide its personnel with the highest level of training and education to ensure the safety, preparedness, effectiveness, and career development of all students while meeting all contractual, state, federal and local mandates.

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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