LAFD Prepares Six New Fire Units For Service

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

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


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 for LAFD apparatus purchased just after the 2002 Cerro Grande Fire. The pumpers and rescues are owned by the Department of Energy and provided to LAFD through a cooperative agreement.

The wildland engines are new to LAFD and will expand LAFD’s delivery of services. These units will be deployable through the New Mexico Regional Mobilization Plan, which means they can be sent outside of Los Alamos to assist other agencies during large fire incidents. 

These units are owned by Los Alamos County and purchased with the help of grant funding.

Wildland Division Chief Ramon Garcia successfully authored two separate grants that provided nearly $400,000 in grant funding used to pay for the large majority of the cost of these two units.

“These are the first Los Alamos County owned fire apparatus units and the first that can be deployed throughout the region to help our neighbors in need in surrounding communities,” Garcia said.

Fire Chief Troy Hughes expressed his appreciation to those individuals who participated in the effort to procure and place these trucks in service.

“The acquisition and readying of fire trucks for service is a huge task that takes a coordinated effort from many people and I thank everyone involved for helping to make this happen,” Hughes said. “Because of their efforts we are all the more prepared for the upcoming fire season.”

Of the many people involved, a few in lead roles include, from LAFD: Retired Deputy Chief Justin Grider, Deputy Chief Steve Dawald, Division Chief Ramon Garcia, Capt. Manny Pacheco and Capt. Arron McNiff; from LANL: Jim Streit, Rob Farris, John Eklund, Justin Teo and Allen Turner; and from DOE: Bill Gentile.

All six new trucks are in the final stages of being prepared for service. LAFD crews with the help of LANL Heavy Equipment Shops staff are mounting equipment and putting final touches on these trucks and most are expected to be in service next week.

New engines. Photo by John McHale/

Ronnie Martin from Pierce shows John Bialy, left, and Heath Sandoval the heart of one of the new truck. Photo by John McHale/

John Bialy checks the connection of the hose to the truck. Photo by John McHale/

Ronnie Martin from Pierce works with the Los Alamos Fire Department personnel. Photo by John McHale/

David Apoduca and Eric Gonzales test the spray pattern. Photo by  John McHale/

David Apodoca and Eric Gonzales demonstrate the foam spray. Photo by John Mchale/


Brush 4 truck. Courtesy photo


Brush 4 truck. Brush 4 truck. Courtesy photo


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