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Armstrong Bill To Support Firefighters With PTSD Passes House Health And Human Services Committee

on February 17, 2019 - 11:10am

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

STATE News:

  • Bill declares PTSD a disease that may result from firefighter duties


HB 324, Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s legislation to establish Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, Wednesday unanimously passed the House Health and Human Services Committee.

 

“Yes, our firefighters are heroes, but they are also human,” Armstrong said.

SFNF Plans La Cueva Prescribed Burn

on February 17, 2019 - 10:28am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) plan to conduct a prescribed burn in the La Cueva area 7 miles northwest of the village of Pecos if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather remain favorable.
 
Ignitions on the 372-acre La Cueva unit will treat up to 240 acres per day, and conclude by Feb. 28. Firefighters will use hand ignitions on piles of slash to reduce the risk of wildfire, provide community protection and improve forest health.
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most

EMS Division Chief: The Importance Of Time...

on February 15, 2019 - 8:35am
By BENJAMINE STONE
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Frie Department

Each year more than a 790,000 Americans have a heart attack, of these nearly 15% will die as a result.

A heart attack is known clinically as a myocardial infarction (MI) and is the permanent damage to heart muscle. The prefix “my” means muscle, “cardial” refers to the heart and “infarction” is the death of tissue due to a lack of blood supply.

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is reduced or cut off. Cells within the heart will become starved of oxygen and begin to die.

Partial Renovation At Fire Station 3 Nearly Complete

on February 14, 2019 - 8:31am
Fire Station 3 during recent renovations. Courtesy/LAC
 
Fire Station 3 during the renovation. Courtesy/LAC
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
A partial facility renovation project at Fire Station 3, located in White Rock, is nearly finished.
 
The project, which began in October, included several improvements, County Engineer Eric Martinez said. The roof was replaced over the station’s living areas, modifications to the station’s HVAC system were made, and an exterior wall and windows were added to the sleeping areas.

SFNF: La Jara Prescribed Burn Planned Today

on February 5, 2019 - 8:44am

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 today through March 15 as conditions allow.

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.

SFNF: Piles Burns In Jemez Ranger District Feb. 4-14

on February 2, 2019 - 12:13pm

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 Feb. 4 and Feb. 14 to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

Weather permitting, crews plan to treat up to 475 acres of piles three to eight miles northeast of Jemez Springs.

The piles will be burned as three different operations:

  • The Pino West piles are approximately five miles northeast of Jemez Springs along the north end of

McQuiston: Tips To Stop A Stovetop Fire

on January 31, 2019 - 9:36am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 

Fires of any severity can be destructive and devastating. Within seconds, all possessions could be damaged or destroyed – but in an apartment fire, the effects can go beyond a single family. Apartment complexes house many families, provide income for the landlord, and have a widespread effect if the fire is not controlled quickly.

If you have ever lived in an apartment, you may have noticed that almost all apartments’ stoves come equipped with a stove top fire extinguisher.

Getting Your Super Bowl Game Face On? Score More Points This Year By Putting Kitchen Fire Safety In Your Line Up

on January 30, 2019 - 5:26pm

LAFD News:

Superbowl Sunday is the United States’ second biggest day for food consumption. That means a lot of time is spent planning and preparing game day snacks. Before you kick off your menu, look at these tips for safer cooking from the Los Alamos Fire Department.

“Cooking is the biggest cause of home fire and fire injuries,” Safety Division Chief Joseph Baca said. “Always make safety a priority in the kitchen.”

KITCHEN HUDDLE

Prepare your cooking area. Use back burners or turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Move things that can burn away from the stove.

EMS Division Chief Ben Stone: Dangers Of Opioids

on January 25, 2019 - 1:31pm
By BEN STONE
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Fire Department

The rate at which Americans are dying from overdoses involving opioids is staggering. The U.S. Center for Disease Control has deemed the opioid crisis as a national epidemic.

Decades of over-prescription, along with wide-spread misconceptions about drug addiction, have led to an astounding rise in overdose deaths. The devastation is pervasive, leaving families of every type and communities of every size grieving and searching for answers in the wake.

  • From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people have died from a drug overdose.

LAFD’s Stephen Rinaldi Receives Prestigious Appointment To NFPA Technical Committee

on January 23, 2019 - 12:25pm

LAFD Senior Fire & Life Safety Specialist Stephen Rinaldi

Staff Report:

Senior Fire & Life Safety Coordinator Stephen Rinaldi was honored recently with an appointment to serve on a Technical Committee tasked with the revision of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.

The process to serve on one of the NFPA’s committees is a competitive selection process, with dozens of applications submitted each year by fire investigators and subject matter experts internationally.

NFPA Technical Committees serve as the principal consensus

Los Alamos Police Officers Aid Gunshot Victim

on January 14, 2019 - 2:05pm
LAPD Officers, from left, James Keane, Chris Ross and Ben Irving aided the victim of an accidental gunshot Friday at his home. Courtesy photo
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

A Los Alamos 911 operator took a desperate call Friday from the area near Aspen School. According to Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew, a man accidently shot himself while examining his gun, which he thought was not loaded. With a bullet in his arm, he managed to call 911.

LAPD Sergeants Chris Ross and James Keane were nearby and rushed to the scene, where they were joined

Heavy Snow Collapses Roof & Traps Cars At Sonic

on January 13, 2019 - 4:23pm

Los Alamos police and firefighters on the scene this afternoon of a couple of vehicles trapped under the roof that collapsed from the weight of heavy snow at Sonic on Trinity Drive. First responders told the Los Alamos Daily Post that no injuries have been reported. Sonic is closed until further notice. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

First responders jack up the collapsed roof at Sonic to open the doors of the vehicles pinned beneath and extract the occupants safely. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon of the collapsed roof at Sonic.

Winter Safety Tips From LAFD

on January 12, 2019 - 8:44am
By BENJAMIN STONE
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Fire Department

Winter storms can cause a community to see an increase in car accidents, falls, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attacks from overexertion. Storms bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. As we recently experienced, winter storms can last for several days, cause havoc on heat, power and communication services, but they also place our community members at higher risk.

Here are some tips to remember:

Prepare now!

  • Know your area’s risk for winter storms.

False Alarm Triggers Evacuation At Los Alamos High

on January 9, 2019 - 12:46pm

Students and staff were evacuated, and Los Alamos Firefighters responded to an alarm triggered late this morning at Los Alamos High School at 1300 Diamond Dr. It turned out to be a false alarm and students and staff returned to class without incident. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

2018 Los Alamos Fire Department Highlights

on January 3, 2019 - 9:33am
Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Fire Department was most impacted in 2018 by the unplanned retirement of three of its chiefs. Division Chief Paul Grano, Battalion Chief Joseph Candelaria and Training Division Chief Mike Gill each retired.

“They moved up their retirement after the County wasn't able to fund raises for non-union and management positions due to uncertain revenues from GRT but did fund raises for union members due to existing labor agreements,” Fire Chief Troy Hughes said.

The

First Responders Assist Santa, Mrs. Claus & Elves

on December 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and first responders. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp

Santa visits with a local resident. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp

Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves visit local residents. Courtesy/Chaplain Corp

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos County Chaplain Corp organized the Los Alamos First Responders and Friends to help Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elves give gift packages Saturday to all of the residents of Sombrillo and Aspen Ridge Lodge.

Los Alamos Medical Center graciously donated slipper/socks, Classic Air Medical made homemade cookies, Barranca Elementary School 3rd and 4th graders made

Gosar Forest Management Policies Signed Into Law

on December 21, 2018 - 4:28pm
Courtesy photo
 
U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar
 
FIRE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) has issued the following statement after two of his important active forest management policies were signed into law by President Donald J. Trump:
 
“Following one of the most devastating wildfire seasons in our nation’s history, it is critical that we do everything in our power to provide the Forest Service and public land management agencies with the tools they need to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires and protect our communities," Gosar said.

LAFD Offers Tips For Safe & Happy Holiday Season

on December 20, 2018 - 11:11am
 

 
LAFD HOLIDAY SAFETY News:
 
The Los Alamos Fire Department offers tips for a Safe and happy holiday season:
 
Facts about home holiday fires
  • One of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 32 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four Christmas tree fires.
  • The top three days for home

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

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