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Batalion Chief Joseph Candelaria Retires From LAFD Today

on September 19, 2018 - 5:47pm

Los Alamos Fire Battalion Chief Joseph Candelaria is retiring today – his birthday – after 17.5 years of service to the community. He remembers the day he started at LAFD. It was July 9, 2001. ‘It’s bittersweet,’ Candelaria told the Los Alamos Daily Post today at Fire Station 1. ‘Public service has been my whole life.’ Candelaria is moving into a new career soon and will take on the position of deputy group leader in the Institutional Training Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Woman Crashes Into Fence At Sullivan Field

on September 19, 2018 - 5:38pm

A woman driving a small white car around 8:45 p.m., Tuesday reportedly encountered brake failure and crashed into a fence at Sullivan Field on Diamond Drive. Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs treated her elderly male passenger at the scene for apparent minor injuries and transported him to Los Alamos Medical Center as a precaution. It appears the impact of the crash damaged the fence as well as the wooden structure behind it. Police said the woman was not cited in the incident. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAFD EMTs assist an elderly male passenger at the scene of a one-vehicle

LAPS Pilot Initiative: New Safety Assurances At Events

on September 19, 2018 - 4:40pm

LAPS News:

This is an invitation for comments and suggestions about a pilot safety initiative being implemented this year at Los Alamos Public Schools athletic events.

The pilot program includes a “no re-entry” practice for scheduled games at Sullivan Field, Griffith Gym, Brousseau Gym and Hawk Field. For the safety and security of students and guests, re-entry into athletic events at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School is currently restricted.

Our increasing focus on safety is aligned with suggestions from local leaders and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety

SFNF: French Mesa Prescribed Burn Underway

on September 19, 2018 - 7:52am
USDA Forest Service fire crew ignite forest fuels Tuesday in the French Mesa fuelwood area of the Coyote Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire. Up to 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the French Mesa fuelwood area. The total prescribed burn area is 3,580 acres. Courtesy photo
 
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) began ignitions Tuesday on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Conditions,

Lightning Sparks Bales Fire On Cuba Ranger District

on September 16, 2018 - 4:24am

SFNF News:

Lightning has sparked the Bales Fire on the Cuba Ranger District og the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • Start Date: Smoke reported Sept. 14
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: 14 acres
  • Location: Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
  • Containment: 0 percent
  • Fuels: Mixed conifer, dead and down
  • Weather: Partly cloudy, winds out of southwest 5-10 mph
  • Resources: 50 personnel

Situation: The Bales Fire is in the Bales Canyon area along Forest Road 534 approximately two and one half miles southwest of the Chaparral Girl Scout Camp on the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

AGU: U.S. Wildfire Smoke Deaths May Double By 2100

on September 15, 2018 - 7:48am
A helicopter drops water on the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., as firefighters continue to battle the blaze in 2012. Courtesy/U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock
 
This image, captured by the NOAA-20 satellite’s VIIRS instrument Aug. 19, 2018, shows thick plumes of smoke over British Columbia. Courtesy/NOAA
 
Courtesy/NOAA
 
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of deaths associated with the inhalation of wildfire smoke in the U.S. could double by the end of the century, according to new research.
 
A new study simulating the effects of wildfire smoke on human

Fire Chief Troy Hughes Speaks At Rotary Club

on September 14, 2018 - 7:14am
 Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes speaks to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Sept. 11 to commemorate all of the victims and civilian and emergency responders, who died or were injured in the devastating attacks of that day. Seventeen years later, many emergency responders, as well as residents and workers, in affected areas have developed cancers caused by the inhalation of asbestos and other toxins released in the fumes of the explosions. Courtesy photo 

Rotary Club President Vincent Chiravalle thanks LAFD Chief Troy Hughes for his presentation. Courtesy photo

Servey Makes LAFD History: First Woman Fire Marshal

on September 13, 2018 - 11:09am
Wendy Servey makes local history as the first woman Fire Marshal at the Los Alamos Fire Department. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Wendy Servey has worn a lot of hats during the 12 years she has worked for the Los Alamos Fire Department. Five weeks ago she received a new one: Fire Marshal.

It’s not just a new hat she has earned but a major milestone. Servey is the first female Fire Marshal in the Los Alamos Fire Department.

Prior to being Fire Marshal, Servey was an Operation Battalion Chief.

French Mesa Prescribed Burn Scheduled Sept. 18

on September 12, 2018 - 7:21am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to begin ignitions Sept. 18 on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.
 
Conditions, which include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts are favorable for ignitions. Up to 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the French Mesa fuelwood area. The total prescribed burn area is 3,580 acres.
 
Forest Roads 8 and 11 will remain open, but travelers are discouraged from traveling the road during

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Joins Firefighters For Stair Climb On Sept. 11 Anniversary

on September 11, 2018 - 4:21pm

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined firefighters today from the greater Albuquerque area for their annual stair climb to mark 17 years since the terror attacks of 9/11/01. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) joined firefighters from the greater Albuquerque area for their annual stair climb to mark 17 years since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

 During the annual memorial climb, firefighters climbed 120 flights of stairs carrying more than 50 pounds of gear.

“17 years after Sept.

La Jara Prescribed Burn Sept. 18 - Nov. 16

on September 9, 2018 - 8:28am

A prescribed burn is planned Sept. 18 - Nov. 16 in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District. Courtesy photo

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 as early as Sept. 18 through Nov. 16 in the La Jara vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District.

Some 338 acres may be treated in the area just north of the community of La Jara.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource

Cedar Springs Prescribed Burn Sept. 15-Nov.16

on September 8, 2018 - 6:25am

Fire managers plan to initiate a prescribed burn in the Cedar Springs vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District as early as Sept. 15 through Nov. 16. Courtesy/SFNF

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 Cedar Springs vicinity on the Cuba Ranger District as early as Sept. 15 through Nov. 16.

Some 1,454 acres may be treated in the area just north of the community of LLaves and north of the Dead Man

SFNF: Prescribed Burn Planned For Late September

on September 7, 2018 - 9:21am
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 Santa Fe Watershed starting as early as Sept. 23.
 
Two separate units expected to be treated within the Santa Fe Watershed total 950 acres and are approximately three miles east of the City of Santa Fe. One unit is 450 acres northeast of Nichols Reservoir, and the other is 500 acres just south of McClure Reservoir.

LAFD Division Chief Paul Grano Retires Today

on September 6, 2018 - 3:47pm

Los Alamos Fire Department Division Chief Paul Grano retired today after 20 years of service with the fire department. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

After 20 years of service with the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD), Division Chief Paul Grano retired today. He said he looks forward to spending more time with his family: his wife, Laurie and their 8-year-old daughter Keira. 

In May, Grano was recognized during a Los Alamos County Council meeting for receiving his Executive Fire Officer designation through the

Justice Department Announces Release Of New Fentanyl Safety Video For First Responders

on September 3, 2018 - 6:54am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance has released the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders’ companion training video Fentanyl: The Real Deal.
 
The video was produced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered on the job. The video is available here.
 
Fentanyl: The Real Deal provides recommendations to law enforcement on how to navigate safely around the increased prevalence of fentanyl in the illicit drug market.

SFNF: Ignitions On Coyote Ranger District French Mesa Prescribed Burn May Start Sept. 18

on September 2, 2018 - 10:21am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) could begin ignitions as early as Sept. 18 on the French Mesa to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Conditions, which include fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts are favorable for ignitions. Up to 1,000 acres of hazardous fuels may be treated per day by hand and air ignitions in the French Mesa fuelwood area. The total prescribed burn area is 3,580 acres.

Forest Roads 8 and 11 will remain open, but travelers are discouraged from traveling the road during

Police And Fire Chiefs Open Letter To The Community

on August 30, 2018 - 1:37pm

An Open Letter to the Community from the Los Alamos Police and Fire Chiefs:

Los Alamos County Emergency responders are very fortunate to be able to provide a robust response to events like the one involving the missing child in White Rock on Tuesday of this week. The Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) and Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) are quite visible during these events, but many more less visible people and agencies contributed to this successful effort.

As Chiefs of the Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos Police Department, we want to make sure our community understands who

Daily Postcard: Los Alamos Heroes

on August 29, 2018 - 8:08am

Daily Postcard: Meet the team of local heroes working together for hours Tuesday to find a little boy missing in White Rock. Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, third from left, Fire Chief Troy Hughes, ninth from right, police officers, detectives, battalion chiefs and firefighters gathered at the LAPD Mobile Command Center near Pinion Elementary School where a 10-year-old boy went missing Tuesday morning. Community members joined the search for the boy who was found safe and sound and taken home at about 6 p.m. Tuesday. He reportedly was upset about his school work.

Los Alamos Fire Department And New Mexico Resuscitation Academy In Taos Oct. 13-14

on August 21, 2018 - 3:20pm

 

LAFD News:

 

The Los Alamos Fire Department and The Maryland Resuscitation Academy (RA) are conducting two consecutive one-day Resuscitation Academies.

 

These full-day RAs are Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14 at the John Gonzales Building, 202 Chamisa Road in Taos.

 

The Maryland RA is a one-day, intensive course dedicated to improving survival rates of patients suffering pre-hospital cardiac arrest, and is suitable for EMS supervisors, medical directors, Fire/EMS chiefs, EMS personnel of all levels and hospital and emergency department staffs across the state of New Mexico and

Ag Dept. Proposes New Solutions To Protect Forests

on August 18, 2018 - 6:01am
USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announced a new strategy for improving wildfire management across the nation’s forestlands Thursday.
 
Statement from Defenders of Wildlife’s Director of Federal Lands Pete Nelson:
 
“We are facing unprecedented challenges in wildfire management, and there are no silver bullets.

LAFD Hosts Community-Driven Strategic Planning Input Sessions At Fuller Lodge Monday

on August 14, 2018 - 7:19am

As part of a community-driven strategic planning process being implemented by the Los Alamos County Fire Department, members of the community recommended by command staff , including Don Taylor and Liz Cavasos, left, were invited to attend two sessions Monday morning at Fuller Lodge to offer their input.

Update: Penasco Fire Burns 12 Acres

on August 13, 2018 - 12:09pm
SFNF News:

The lightning sparked Penasco Fire that began Aug. 8  in the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has now consumed 12 acres of Ponderosa Pine and mixed conifer and is zero percent contained. 

Situation: The Penasco Fire is in the Rio Chama Wilderness near the 2017 Ojitos Fire burn scar and is one quarter of a mile from the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). Due to the fire’s proximity, Santa Fe National Forest officials urge the public to remain on the trail and proceed with caution if traveling along CDT #813 from the Ojitos Trailhead at Scull Bridge on the Chama

Update: Sarca Fire Burns 178 Acres ... 60% Contained

on August 11, 2018 - 4:20pm
SFNF News:
 

Lightning sparked the Sarca Fire July 7  in the Agua Sarca drainage area of the Pecos Wilderness - Santa Fe National Forest. The fire has now consumed 178 acres of Ponderosa Pine.

Fuel: Ponderosa pine and other mixed conifer

 
Resources: Monitoring from the ground
 
Weather: 60 percent chance of rain tonight and 70 percent tomorrow with possible lightning.
 
Situation: Fire behavior is minimal. Firefighters were able to walk the perimeter of the fire and put check lines in place to reduce forward movement of the fire, which is in a northerly direction.

Penasco Fire Ignites In Coyote Ranger District Today

on August 8, 2018 - 7:45pm

SFNF News:

The Penasco Fire ignited today in the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest and there are approximately 5 to 10 acres burning on the ground with some single tree torching.

Start Date: Aug. 8

Cause: Unknown

Size: 5 to 10 acres

Location: Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest

Containment: 0 percent

Resources: 0

Situation: The Penasco Fire is in a remote area of the Rio Chama Wilderness in the 2017 Ojitos Fire burn scar. The fire is approximately 5 to 10 acres burning on the ground with some single tree torching.

Couple Douses Abandoned Campfire Burning In Jemez

on August 8, 2018 - 12:15pm

This morning while walking their dog up in the Jemez, a couple came across this abandoned campfire that was still burning. Using a shovel they had in the back of their truck and jugs of water, the couple extinguished the fire. “I realize there’s a lot to think about these days, but how can anyone leave a HOT campfire? If the fires in California aren’t part of one’s awareness or the lack of snow this last winter, how about the smoky skies?” Bernice Williams said. “It is pretty unbelievable!

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