LAFD Hires Life And Safety Division Coordinator

Stephan Rinaldi, second from right, began his new job Monday as the Los Alamos Fire Department’s Life and Safety Division Coordinator. He gathered Wednesday in the training room at the LAFD Administration Office with Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland, right, Division Chief Ben Stone, EMS Training Coordinator Donna McHenry and others. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post 

The Los Alamos Fire Department has hired a new coordinator for its Life and Safety Division.

Stephan Rinaldi will work with Life and Safety Division Chief / Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland. His duties include fire inspections, plan reviews, public education and fire and life safety activities.

Rinaldi’s most recent job was in Kuna, Idaho, some 15 miles outside of Boise. He also spent about 18 years in the firefighting service in Florida.  

On the job at LAFD since Monday, Rinaldi spoke during an interview Wednesday about his first impressions of the local community.

“The quality of life, atmosphere and people are what attracted my wife and me to this area,” Rinaldi said. “Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly. All of the things my wife and I like to do, camping and hiking, are here … it’s a wonderful community – everything were looking for.”

The Fire and Life Safety Management Division provides programmatic oversight for incident reporting, new and existing building inspections, fire investigations, wildland/urban mitigation, hydrant testing, pre-fire planning and public education.

The Division’s mission is to develop, maintain and provide fire prevention and public education programs for the preservation of life, safety, property and environment for the citizens of Los Alamos County, DOE and LANL.

The Fire and Life Safety Management Division has developed public education programs directed toward meeting the agency’s mission.

This has been accomplished, in part, by establishing a Fire Prevention Team comprised of eight shift and two administrative staff members dedicated to developing and presenting fire and life safety information to various groups ranging from pre-school children to senior citizen groups within Los Alamos County and throughout Northern New Mexico.

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