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Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade Sells T-Shirts to Fund New Equipment

on April 28, 2014 - 7:47am

Purchase a snazzy t-shirts to help out the Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade. Courtesy/LAAFB


The Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade is selling fire engine red t-shirts with the group’s logo to raise funds for new equipment.

LAAFB has seven members available, at various levels, to participate in search and rescue activities that include ground pounding, 4X4 search and medical response. The group includes a trained ICS section chief.

The LAAFB medical personnel cover local athletic events including football games, foot and bike races, horse shows and rodeos.

Chief Presents Fire Department's Budgets

on April 21, 2014 - 10:32pm

Fire Chief Troy Hughes presents his department's proposed budgets including $27,395,633 for FY2015 and $28,380,385 for FY2016, up from the FY2014 Adopted Budget of $26,210,761. Hughes explained the increase is primarily a result of the 10-year contractual agreement his department recently received from DOE for fire services. Council commended Chief Hughes and his staff and firefighters for their service to the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Major Fun Underway At Today's 2014 LAYL Wild Day

on April 19, 2014 - 1:30pm

Today is the Los Alamos Youth Leadership's 2014 Wild Day LA event at Los Alamos High School. LAYL hosts Wild Day LA once a year for Kindergarten through 6th grade students and includes art, outdoor activities, team challenges and spending time with youth mentors. LAYL is a youth leadership program for high school students, which begins in August and ends in April of each year. Students build relationships with family and friends, and increase their confidence. Teams design, plan and implement projects that benefit the community throughout the year. Click here to learn more.

La Sotella Prescribed Burn Near Española April 22-25

on April 17, 2014 - 6:33am

Prescribed burn. Courtesy/

SFNF News:

ESPAÑOLA—April 22-25, fire managers on the Española Ranger District will be conducting a prescribed burn to 1,760 acres of the Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 10 miles northwest of Española and 8 miles south of Abiquiu.

Smoke from the burn will be visible from Española, Abiquiu, Canones, Medanales, Chama Highway (84/285), and Highway 96. It is expected to settle into lower elevations and in drainage areas during the evenings, but should lift by mid-morning. After ignitions are complete, smoke will still be visible for a few days.

Lost Los Alamos Juvenile Hiker Found Safe Near Red Dot Trail in White Rock This Afternoon

on April 13, 2014 - 6:03pm

Los Alamos Fire Department Rescue vehicles line up near the Red Dot Trailhead this afternoon in search of a young hiker who became lost. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

A 15-year old Los Alamos girl reported lost earlier this afternoon in White Rock Canyon off the Red Dot Trail has been located through the coordinated search and rescue efforts and quick response of Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments.

The girl, whose identity has not been released, sustained a minor injury that is not life-threatening.

Los Alamos Battle of the Badges May 2

on April 3, 2014 - 7:24am

Wildfire 2014 - Coming to Fuller Lodge April 19

on April 2, 2014 - 4:54pm

Sparky the Fire Dog. Courtesy/LAC


As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2014” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19 in Fuller Lodge.

The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department, in partnership with several local agencies:

  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos County Emergency Management
  • National Weather Service
  • Interagency Wildfire Management Team

Other displays and information include:

  • Sand table demonstration of the 2011 Las

This Is New Mexico Wildfire Awareness Week 2014

on March 31, 2014 - 11:45am

Campfire. Courtesy/wikipedia


  • Interagency Partners Stress Preparedness and Prevention Ahead of the 2014 Fire Season


ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that March 30 through April 5 is New Mexico Wildfire Awareness Week, and calls upon residents and visitors to continue doing their part to prevent and be prepared for wildfires. 


“Continuing historic drought conditions heighten the risk of what already has the potential to be another active and dangerous wildfire season,” Martinez said.

Heroes Honor Heroes At Los Alamos Public Safety Association's Dinner and Awards Banquet

on March 30, 2014 - 3:42pm
2013 Public Safety First Responder of the Year award recipients Dena Edwards, left, and Debbi Miller. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
DOE's John Mitsunaga, second from left, Los Alamos Public Schools teacher Jodi Hughes, center, with her husband Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes who recently had his hair shaved for charity, sitting with Mike and Lisa Wismer of LANL and UNM-LA respectively. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Saturday was a special night as local public safety and security officials who spend their careers focused

Spring is Here: Remember to 'Create Defensible Space'

on March 21, 2014 - 2:51pm


In concert with the upcoming “Brush & Bulk Item Collection” being sponsored by the Los Alamos County Eco-Station, and with warm weather spring clean-up efforts in full swing during April, the Los Alamos Fire Department would like to remind residents of the urgent need to keep “defensible space” concepts in mind when working outside to clean up property around homes and structures.

Creating defensible space can give firefighters their best possible chance of protecting property if another wildfire ever occurs in the County.

The County’s defensible space guidelines were

Dirt and Dust From Monday's Wind Causing Hazy Air Quality Around Los Alamos Today

on March 19, 2014 - 2:19pm

Emergency Management Coordinator Phil Taylor


Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Phil Taylor reports that the "smoky" conditions around Los Alamos and elswhere in the state are caused by dirt and dust from yesterday's wind event.

Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider also explained that the wind is carrying smoke from a couple of prescribed burns underway south of Los Alamos.

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider

He said it may include smoke from a small fire that broke out at 11:30 a.m. today in Valencia County.




Air Quality Forecast Guidance for

Officials Address WIPP Fire Investigation Report

on March 14, 2014 - 6:07pm

Courtesy/DOE Report


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued the following statement today on the release of the U.S. Department of Energy's accident investigation report for the underground mine fire involving a salt haul truck at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

"The findings of the accident investigation board on the Feb. 5 fire at WIPP are deeply concerning. Fortunately, no one was hurt. The community of Carlsbad and the nation expect WIPP to operate with the highest level of safety.

New Ladder Truck 'Pushed In' At Fire Station No. 1

on March 11, 2014 - 9:21pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County officials 'pushed in' a new ladder truck during a ceremony Monday at Fire Station No. 1 on West Jemez Road across from the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center and Otowi Building at LANL's Technical Area 3. Los Alamos County Fire Department provides fire protection services to the Laboratory. Driver engineer Joseph Romero of the Los Alamos County Fire Department actually backed the ladder truck into the fire bay. The 2013 custom built Smeal ladder truck can pump up to 2,250 gallons per minute and extends to a height of 105 feet. Courtesy/LANL

New LAFD Ladder Truck Heads to Active Service Monday

on March 7, 2014 - 7:33am

 Photo by Leland Lehman/


The Los Alamos Fire Department will host a brief ceremony Monday, March 10 celebrating the “push in” of its new ladder truck into active service for the first time. 

The public is invited to the 1 p.m. ceremony at Fire Station #1 on West Jemez Road. Officials from Los Alamos County, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the DOE/Los Alamos Field Office have been invited to participate in the ceremony.

Wildfire Funding Reform in President's Budget

on March 7, 2014 - 6:42am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich applaud the news that President Obama incorporated into his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal a plan based on a bill they cosponsored to reform federal wildfire policy.


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

The change, which still must be approved by Congress, would fund major wildfires the same as other natural disasters and free up funding to prevent future fires. 

“Wildfires are as devastating in New Mexico and the rest of the West as hurricanes are on the East and Gulf coasts, and our

Family Home Lost to Fire: Donations Needed

on February 17, 2014 - 9:46am

Donations are coming in for Tony Romero. Courtesy photo


Donations for Los Alamos High School Custodian Tony Romero are being collected through the month of February at Chamisa Elementary and Los Alamos High School.

Romero and son Jesse were startled from their sleep earlier last month when their home caught fire. Romero had hoped to retire after 35 years with the district, but now plans to transition from hotel to home later this month.

Donations can also be sent to the Prevention Office at 1300 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.

Breaking News Update: Los Alamos Firefighters Rescue Man From Canyon Ledge

on February 16, 2014 - 7:49pm

A Care Flight helicopter lifted off at 7 p.m. today from Overlook Park in White Rock to a trauma center carrying an injured man, about 24 years old, who fell while rock climbing. 'He was an experienced rock climber from Albuquerque who fell 25-30 feet and landed on his back on a ledge,' Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said, adding that the extent of the man's injuries are unknown but he was concious. LAFD high angle experts rapelled down at about 4 p.m. to successfully rescue the man who had been rock climbing with friends in the canyon behind Meadow Lane when he fell.

Breaking News: Rescue Underway for Injured Hiker in White Rock

on February 16, 2014 - 5:24pm

LAFD high angle experts are rapelling into the canyon behind Meadow Lane in White Rock to rescue an injured hiker. Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider told the Los Alamos Daily Post that early indications are that the injuries are not life threatening. Check back at for more on this developing story. Courtesy/LAFD

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Cassel at one of the staging areas for emergency vehicles responding to the scene near where a hiker has fallen into the canyon behind a home on Meadow Lane. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAFD vehicles on Meadow Lane in White Rock

Los Alamos Firefighters Going Bald in Fight to Cure Childhood Cancers

on February 12, 2014 - 11:24am

Firefighters and  family members turned out to participate and support each other at last year's charitable head shaving event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, left, and several of the many firefighter shavees from last year's event lined up at Station 3. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

For the second year in a row, Los Alamos firefighters will have their head shaved to raise critical funds for childhood cancer research through the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

Watershed Rx Burn Three Miles East/Northeast of Santa Fe Underway

on February 12, 2014 - 11:13am

SFNF News:

Fire managers are burning 35 acres of slash piles today in the Santa Fe watershed, approximately three miles east/northeast of Santa Fe. 

Ignition started at 9:30 this morning and operations are going well. Eighteen firefighters are on site to assist with the burn and to monitor smoke. The purpose of this prescribed fire is to reduce forest fuels, enhance watershed protection and promote forest health.

Smoke will be visible from Santa Fe, Tesuque, Highway I-25, as well as U.S. 84/285. Smoke impacts may occur in the upper Canyon Road area this evening.

Call 505.438.5320 with

Los Alamos Firefighters Extinguish Chimney Fire

on January 29, 2014 - 7:58pm
Deputy Chief Justin Grider
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos firefighters doused a chimney fire that ignited late this afternoon at a home in the 2300 block of 35th Street.

"We had multiple reports of heavy smoke in the area at about 5 p.m., and when crews arrived, they saw that a chimney was on fire," Deputy Chief Justin Grider said. "Our firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it spread to the rest of the house."

Grider praised residents for calling in the smoke, which enabled firefighters to save the home.

New Beginnings Rebuilds After July 4, 2012 Fire

on January 26, 2014 - 9:54am

Lanessa Amburgey, left, and Shelly Jankowski at work Saturday putting finishing touches on the main lobby of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The new auditorium in which services are being held at 10 a.m. Sundays. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Members of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road were busy Saturday putting finishing touches on the rebuilt church destroyed in a July 4, 2012 fire.

The inside of the New Beginnings Fellowship Church following the July 4, 2012 fire. File photo

The New Mexico Fire

Upcoming Santa Fe National Forest Prescribed Burns

on January 12, 2014 - 10:32am

Prescribed burn illustration. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

SANTA FE—Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to conduct several prescribed fires across the forest over the next few weeks to reduce hazardous fuels, provide community protection, and restore forest health.

The start dates and duration of the burns are subject to change depending on favorable conditions. Through hand ignition firefighters will burn slash piles and conduct broadcast burns (burning surface fuels in a mosaic pattern.) Smoke may be visible intermittently through the coming weeks.

Gallinas Watershed

Los Alamos News Highlights For 2013

on December 31, 2013 - 11:04am

Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and Councilors dedicate the new building as community members look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Municipal Building Dedication: Community members turned out as former and current County officials cut the ribbon on the new Los Alamos County Municipal Building June 28 at 1000 Central Ave. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos National

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes Earns Prestigious International Chief Fire Officer Designation

on December 30, 2013 - 4:23pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes


Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO.)

The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met Dec. 3 to officially confer the designation upon Hughes. He is one of only 944 CFOs worldwide. 

The CPC awards the CFO designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s stringent criteria.