Los Alamos Fire Station 6 Undergoes Makeover

Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

A  major remodel in underway at Los Alamos Fire Department Station 6 at 457 East Road near the airport.
County Project Manager Wayne Kohlrust explained that one bay is being expanded to accommodate LAFD’s “Crash Truck” that services the airport. The current bay was just 4 inches wider than the crash truck. A second bay is under construction to accommodate a “Wildfire Truck.” The firefighters’ weight room is being expanded and additional storage space added to the station.
The project is expected to be completed by mid July with final inspection sometime in August, Kohlrust said.
LAFD is the second largest career fire department in the state of New Mexico. The department provides a multi-disciplined, multi-dimensional mission of fire, rescue, emergency medical, public education and life safety services to the citizens and visitors of Los Alamos. Included in the services LAFD provides are the protection of the Los Alamos National Laboratory; protection of the communities of Los Alamos and White Rock; and assistance in the provision of emergency response for an extensive urban wildland interface.
LAFD was organized under the Manhattan Project in April 1943. At that time it consisted of seven civilian firefighters and 25 volunteer firefighters. In September 1943, the firefighter functions were taken over by the military.

The Fire Department was governed by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and the US Department of Energy until the Incorporated County of Los Alamos took it over in September 1989.

Today, LAFD operates six fire stations with 150 budgeted positions, 130 shift firefighters including three shift battalion chiefs, nine chief and staff officers assigned to days and 11 civilian support staff.

Construction underway earlier in the process. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The steel frame for the remodel at Station 6 begins to take shape. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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