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Los Alamos Dispatcher Cari Mace Graduates As Valedictorian Of Public Safety Telecommunicator Class

on December 19, 2018 - 5:14pm

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with Dispatcher Cari Mace. Courtesy/LAPD

Consolidated Dispatch Center Manager Kate Stoddard, left, with Dispatcher Cari Mace. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has announced that Dispatcher Cari Mace graduated Dec. 14 as valedictorian of Public Safety Telecommunicator Class #141.

Dispatcher Mace was one of 25 students from 17 different agencies in Class #141, and she had an average exam rate of 99.75 percent.

New Mexico Statue Chapter 29 Article 7C outlines the qualifications for certification as a Public Safety Telecommunicator.

Scenes From 2018 First Responders Christmas Dinner

on December 18, 2018 - 8:18pm

Local first responders including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, 911 dispatchers, police chaplains and fire chaplains and their families were treated to a Christmas Dinner Saturday night sponsored by several churches to thank them for all they do throughout the year to take of and protect the community. The event was held at the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from annual first responders Christmas Dinner Saturday night at the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Kateri Morris

Scene from annual first responders Christmas

NIST: Fire-Breathing Dragon Helps Fight Ember Attacks On Thatched-Roof Structures

on December 18, 2018 - 9:47am
The NIST Dragon showering firebrands (embers) onto a model of a water reed thatched roof. Courtesy/NIST
 
Workers build the thatched roof of a gassho-zukuri (‘constructed like hands in prayer’) style house in Japan. A new NIST study looks at the impact of firebrands on these and other thatched-roof structures. Courtesy/Bernard Gagnon via Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA
 
NIST News:
 
Visitors to the historic mountain villages in central Japan marvel at the elegance of the steep thatched-roof farmhouses found there. Known as “gassho-zukuri,” Japanese for “constructed

On The Job In Los Alamos: Firefighter Michael McElyea

on December 16, 2018 - 7:15am

On the job in Los Alamos is Firefighter Michael McElyea Saturday afternoon shining up a medic unit at Station 4 at 4401 Diamond Dr., across from the golf course. Unfortunately, while he may be laughing on the outside he is really crying on the inside because the longstanding tradition at LAFD is when a firefighter's picture is published in the paper, he/she must buy ice cream for the entire station. Fortunately, Station 4 is staffed with just five personnel, a company officer, a driver engineer and three firefighters.

Beta Sigma Phi Donates To Help California Fire Victims

on December 14, 2018 - 10:29am

BETA SIGMA PHI News:

Following the recent terrible fires in California, Beta Sigma Phi City Council has made a donation to their organization’s Disaster Relief Fund to help their fellow sisters who lost homes and need assistance.  

Los Alamos City Council President Claire Swinhoe said that she felt it was very important to contribute to the fund to show support and let people know that they were not alone. She hoped that this gesture would encourage others to do what they can for the victims. 

“Thousands of homes were lost and any way we can make a difference is important,” Swinhoe said.

Canceled: La Cueva Prescribed Burn Near Pecos

on December 12, 2018 - 6:29am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The La Cueva prescribed burn near Pecos that was scheduled to start as early as this week is canceled due to the lack of needed snow.

Fire managers will check conditions the first of the New Year.

As early as Dec. 10, fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest expected to prescribed burn approximately 372 acres in the La Cueva area through Dec. 31 as weather permitted.

The treatment area is approximately seven miles northwest of Pecos.

Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for

USDA Provides Additional Food Disaster Assistance In Three California Counties Hit By Wildfires

on December 11, 2018 - 5:50am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that households in three California counties have been approved to receive Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits.
 
D-SNAP will be offered in parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to the impact of the Woolsey and Hill wildfires, and Butte County in northern California due to the Camp Fire. Households in the affected areas may be eligible if they have qualifying disaster-related expenses and meet D-SNAP income limits.
 
“USDA continues to work closely with state

La Cueva Prescribed Burn May Start Today Near Pecos

on December 10, 2018 - 12:39pm

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – As early as today, fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest expect to prescribed burn approximately 372 acres in the La Cueva area through Dec. 31 as weather permits.

The treatment area is approximately seven miles northwest of Pecos.

Smoke may be visible from the communities of La Cueva, Glorieta, Canada da Los Alamos, La Joya, Apache Canyon, Upper Pecos Canyon, Pecos, Rowe, Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Watershed.

Police And Firefighters Ensure Safety Of Potentially Suicidal Man On Omega Bridge Tonight

on December 7, 2018 - 10:39pm

Police and firefighters assist a potentially suicidal male subject tonight on the Omega Bridge. Courtesy photo

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos police officers and firefighters responded tonight to the scene of an adult male subject who was potentially suicidal on the Omega Bridge.

The officers and firefighters ensured the subject was safe and cleared the scene.

LAPD Cmdr.

Los Alamos County Chaplain Corp … A Ministry Of Presence During A Crisis

on December 6, 2018 - 9:31am
Los Alamos Firefighters from left, Evan Pulliam, Justin Wright, Mike Cayton and Mike McElyea with newly ordained Senior Chaplain Lindsay Baca at Firestation 3 in White Rock. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp
 
Senior Chaplain Lindsay Baca chats with LAPD Ofc. Dominic Perez at the police station. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

What is a chaplain? Well, the Los Alamos County Volunteer Chaplain Corp acts as a ministry of presence during a crisis. They are a non-sectarian group dedicated to helping those who need them when they are called.

The

Meet Los Alamos Fire Department’s New Paramedics

on December 6, 2018 - 2:19am
Courtesy/LAFD
 
By BENJAMIN STONE and DONNA MCHENRY
LAFD EMS Division

A paramedic is a health care professional responsible for providing emergency medical assistance to patients in their homes and while transporting to a hospital. Paramedics are the first line medical personnel that treat everything from heart attacks to injuries from motor vehicle accidents.

LAFD paramedics respond to our community’s 911 calls. As the first healthcare providers at the scene of emergency situations, they collaborate with local emergency physicians and the police to evaluate critical situations.

Jemez Ranger Dist. To Start Vallecitos Piles Burn Dec. 4

on December 4, 2018 - 7:46am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE — U.S. Forest Service fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today through Dec. 14 on Vallecitos piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Crews plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality, and weather forecasts, and treat up to 189 acres of piles located three to eight miles northeast of Jemez Springs, one mile southwest of Vallecitos de Los Indios, and north of Cat and San Juan Mesas on Forest Road 135 west of Forest Road 10.
         

Firefighters Mentor Aspen Students In BBBS Program

on December 3, 2018 - 8:04am
Los Alamos County Fire Station 1 Firefighter Bigs with their Aspen Elementary School student Littles. Courtesy photo
 
Little Issac Martinez-Rodriguez tries on a firefighter helmet. Courtesy photo
 
BBBS News:
 
The fire truck pulls up outside the school. There is a crisis inside: not one that can be resolved by spreading water, but rather care and love.
 
“It is easy to underestimate the positive impacts one can make in a child’s life, because the seeds we sow today, don’t always produce fruit immediately,” Los Alamos firefighter David Apodaca said.
 
Apodaca and eight other Los

Chamber Member Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op Helps With California Camp Fire Today

on November 30, 2018 - 10:25am
 
CHAMBER News:
 
The Camp Fire broke out Nov. 8 near the town of Paradise, Calif., and within minutes raged through the community, obliterating a football-field-size-per- second of everything in its path, destroying nearly 10,000 homes, killing many residents and leveling the town of 27,000 people.
 
The fire, still raging on is already the most destructive wildfire in California’s history.
 
Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op in Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos is participating in a nationwide fundraising effort to support impacted communities.

BLM To Continue San Pedro Thinning Project

on November 30, 2018 - 9:34am
BLM News:
 
TAOS The Bureau of Land Management will continue thinning to reduce accumulated vegetation posing fire hazards in the San Pedro area through the end of December.
 
In addition to the presence of work crews, the public will be gathering wood in the area until Dec. 31. To ensure the safety of the work crews and the public, the area’s temporary closure to target shooting is extended until this time.

SFNF: Chaparral Prescribed Burn May Start Today

on November 26, 2018 - 7:11am

SFNF News:

To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions today, Nov. 26 on Chaparral piles to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews are expected to treat up to 59 acres of the Chaparral piles, and may conduct treatments anytime between Nov. 26 and March 15, 2019 as conditions allow.

The Chaparral piles area is located along Forest Service Road 539, two to five miles south of the Rancho del

Cuba Ranger District La Jara Burn Planned Nov. 26

on November 25, 2018 - 7:00am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, and winds and weather forecasts to initiate a prescribed burn in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District as early as Nov. 26 through March 15, 2019.

A total of 79 acres may be treated in the area just east of the community of La Jara.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire dependent ecosystems.

DNCU Launches Annual Season Of Giving Activities

on November 23, 2018 - 9:06am

Del Norte Credit Union employees have launched their annual season of giving, participating this week in a whirlwind of charitable activities including distributing complete Thanksgiving meals to firefighters working Thursday at each of the fire stations in Los Alamos and White Rock. Courtesy/DNCU

To thank local firefighters for their service to the community, DNCU Enterprise & Risk Manager Anne Kain, right, presents complete Thanksgiving meals to those firefighters on duty Thursday in Los Alamos and White Rock. Courtesy/DNCU

In an effort to brighten their day, Anne Kain, right, and other

Era Of Megafires: Evening Of Film, Fire, Discussion

on November 14, 2018 - 6:57am
SFFC News:
 
The Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition, the Forest Stewards Guild, North 40 Productions, New Mexico Counties, and the City of Santa Fe are pleased to bring the Era of Megafires to Santa Fe.
 
The rise of highly destructive megafires -- wildfires over 100,000 acres -- has become one of today's most pressing and complex problems, threatening our communities, homes, businesses and even our very way of life. Facing the reality of this issue is daunting, but like all wicked problems, through education and action we can change the way fire comes to our forests and communities.
 
The Era

UNM-LA Designated EMT National Registry Test Site

on November 13, 2018 - 5:45am
At the Advanced Adult Airway station, student Michael Crockett demonstrates his skill for proctor Kenny Anderson. Photo by Steve Dawald

Student Joe Martinez performs CPR on the manikin at the Cardiac Arrest Management station, observed by proctor John Bialy. Photo by Steve Dawald

UNMLA News:

UNM–Los Alamos (UNM-LA) was recently designated as a test site for the National Registry Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam.

The University is now authorized to offer Basic, Advanced and Paramedic Psychomotor National Registry exams. Tests will be scheduled and coordinated as needed.

Through

SFNF: Gallinas Watershed Piles Burn Planned Today

on November 13, 2018 - 5:44am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will attempt to treat approximately 500 acres of Piles beginning today, Nov. 13, in the Gallinas Watershed adjacent to E.V. Long Campground.
 
Weather permitting, fire managers will continue treatments through Jan. 31. Fire managers plan to treat about 150 acres a day.
 
Smoke may be visible from Panderies, Las Vegas, and along I-25 north and south of Las Vegas.
 
Prescribed burns are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire adapted

SFNF: La Cueva Prescribed Burn Slated For Today

on November 13, 2018 - 4:54am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers from the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will attempt to treat approximately 372 acres beginning today, Nov. 13, in the La Cueva area, seven miles northwest of Pecos.
 
Weather permitting, fire managers will continue treatments through Feb. 28.
 
Smoke may be visible from the communities of La Cueva, Glorieta, Canada da Los Alamos, La Joya, Apache Canyon, Upper Pecos Canyon, Pecos, Rowe, Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Watershed.
 
These communities can expect the smoke to settle and possibly impact the area during

Jemez Ranger District Plans Piles Burn In December

on November 12, 2018 - 5:53am

Fire managers plan ignitions on piles between Dec. 1, and Feb. 28, 2019 on the Jemez Ranger District to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – To take advantage of favorable conditions, to include fuel moisture levels, air quality, and weather forecasts, fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) expect to begin ignitions on piles between Dec. 1, and Feb. 28, 2019 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews plan to treat up to 1,123 acres of piles located three to eight miles

Santa Fe Watershed Piles Burn Planned

on November 4, 2018 - 4:41am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, wind directions, and weather forecasts to initiate a piles burn in the Santa Fe Watershed area as early as Nov.15.
 
Depending on conditions, ignitions could possibly not start until sometime in early 2019.   
 
The treatment area is approximately 50 acres and is located adjacent to Forest Road (FR) 102 approximately four miles east of the City of Santa Fe and six miles southwest of Ski Santa Fe.
 
Smoke will likely

Red Cross Reminder: Check Smoke Alarms When Turning Clocks Back This Weekend

on November 2, 2018 - 7:02am

American Red Cross News:

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday when a majority of the country turns their clocks back one hour. The American Red Cross is taking this time to remind everyone also to take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said Colin Williams, Regional Communications Officer with the Red Cross in Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time.

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