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LOS ALAMOS FIRE DEPARTMENT
Proudly Serving Los Alamos County since 1989
"We Walk With P.R.I.D.E."
 
Fire Chief - Troy Huges








Troy Hughes- Fire Chief 
Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) is the third 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 County. Included in the services LAFD provides are the protection of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL),a large nuclear research and development complex; 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 7 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 US Atomic Energy Commission and the US Department of Energy (DOE) until the Incorporated County of Los Alamos took it over in September 1989. Today, LAFD operates 6 fire stations with 150 budgeted positions,130 shift firefighters including 3 shift Battalion Chiefs, 9 Chief and Staff Officers assigned to days and 13 civilian support staff.


Due to COVID 19 we are currently not accepting applications for Fire Cadet, Firefighter I and Fire Fighter II.  Please check back, we will be accepting applications in the near future. LAFD is looking into alternative avenue of testing recruits during COVID. We appreciate your interest in joining our department.


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Today's Fire Danger / Current Fire Restrictions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Los Alamos County Enters Level 1 Fire Restrictions

Los Alamos Fire Department’s Fire Marshal Wendy Servey announced today that she is enacting Level 1 Fire Restrictions for Los Alamos County, effective Friday, Oct. 23. Servey said the decision was made in partnership with LAFD’s Wildland Division today after reviewing the potential threat of wildfire, especially in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic emergency.

“We’ve had a very dry summer and never received the expected moisture we typically see from the monsoons,” Servey said, “Even though it may be unusual to have fire restrictions in place in the Fall, it’s a necessary step. Forests are dry and we are now at greater risk for fires to grow quickly and spread. It is imperative that our local citizens and visitors take every action to reduce our risk of wildfire.”

 

The following are NOT ALLOWED during Level 1 Fire Restrictions:

  • Outdoor smoking in except designated areas.
  • Use of fireworks is prohibited on County, or public lands, and open spaces.

Exemption:  Professional firework display or pyrotechnics requires an approved permit by the Fire Marshal’s Office. 

  • Open burning is prohibited on private, County, public lands and open spaces. The burning of trash or rubbish is prohibited. No open burn permits will be issued by the Fire Marshal’s Office during fire restrictions. 

Exemption:  Prescribed burns for wildland management by an authorized federal, state or local agency requires approved permit by the Fire Marshal’s Office. 

  • Bonfires are prohibited. No bonfire permits will be issued by the Fire Marshal’s Office during fire restrictions.
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove, including fires in developed or undeveloped campgrounds on County land, specifically Camp May Campground and open spaces is prohibited.

Exemption (allowed):  Recreational fires are allowed in a constructed fixed fireplace, ring or grate no bigger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet tall and at least 25 feet away from structures with a spark arrestor at private residences. (one- and two- family dwellings). 

  1. Portable outdoor fireplaces, heaters, chimineas located 15 feet away from structures recommended.
  2. Outdoor gas stoves or grills fueled by NG or LPG fuels with shut-off valves, located 3 feet from all structures.
  3. Charcoal fires in contained barbeques or permanently constructed grills, rings, grates in improved site County parks are permitted. 

 

An exemption does not absolve an individual or an organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started from the exempted activity. 

 

“We need the community to support these restrictions and report observations of any prohibited activities that are an emergency by calling 911,” Servey said.

 

Servey said residents are welcome to contact her office at 662-8305 for non-emergency calls and any questions about the restrictions.

 

Residents can also follow the USFS and NM State Forestry Restrictions when traveling outside of Los Alamos. Visit www.nmforestry.com or https://firerestrictions.us/for more information. 

2020 Firework Press Release

Fireworks Allowed:  Consumer Fireworks with a classification of 1.4G.
Fireworks Allowed: 

• sparklers and flitter sparklers
• cone and cylindrical fountains
• crackling devices, chases, and firecrackers
• ground and aerial spinners, and ground audible devices 
• illuminating torches and wheels
• aerial devices, aerial shell kit reloadable tubes and aerial spinners
• helicopters and mines
• missile type rockets
• roman candles 

 Fireworks NOT Allowed: 

• Rockets on a stick (example: bottle rockets)
• Fireworks that produce an audible effect, other than a whistle with a charge of more than one hundred thirty milligrams of explosive 

Where are the restrictions on where you can shoot fireworks? 

• Cannot use fireworks on or near state forest land, wildlands.
• Cannot shoot fireworks from a motor vehicle, or throw into a vehicle or near a person or groups of people
• Cannot be propelled onto property not owned by the fireworks shooter
• Cannot be discharged within 150 feet of a fireworks retail sales location

Today's Fire Danger is Low

Contact Info

505-662-8301

505-662-8302

LAFD@lacnm.us

999 Central Ave. Suite 200

Monday - Friday:

8:00am - 5:00pm

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Mission

Los Alamos Fire Department is honored to be entrusted with the safety and welfare of our community.  We are dedicated and proud to provide exceptional services for the preservation of life, the environment, and property.

Vision

The Los Alamos 2024 vision is to continue to be widely known as an internationally accredited fire service agency that serves with PRIDE, while meeting our mission for our community.

L
ooking toward the futurity we seek, we will continue to strive for excellence with all of our pursuits. Our enhanced communications, both internal and external, will help us further connect with the people of Los Alamos, as well as become a more effective and efficient organization.

Acknowledging that we value professionalism, we will invest in our greatest asset, our members, through our initiative that focuses on improved leadership. This, along with comprehensive succession planning, will help move the department forward, sustaining and growing the quality that is the Los Alamos County Fire Department.

For us to demonstrate our readiness, our training initiative will bolster our ability to safely serve those who entrust us with the responsibility of their safety and welfare.

Dedication to those we serve and ourselves will be the mainstay in all that we do, while always personifying our traditions and calling by holding each other accountable for fulfilling our mission, living our values, accomplishing our goals, and bringing this vision to fruition.

Core Values

" We Walk With P.R.I.D.E"

 

P for Professionalism
Professionalism
is the foundation of our general culture and guided by our commitment to public relations and external communications initiative ensuring an enhanced interaction with the community we are honored to serve.
R for Readiness
Readiness 
is demonstrated by our training, technology, physical resources, and our commitment to continuous improvement.
I for Involvement
Integrity
 is demonstrated by doing the right thing on and off duty for the benefit of our department and the community.
D for Discipline
Dedication
 to the improvement of the community and the safety and well-being of our fellow team members.
E for Excellence
Excellence
 is at the heart of our individual and department goals, recognizing that we are entrusted with the safety and welfare of our community.

 

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Accreditation

Los Alamos County Fire Department Achieves International Accreditation for the Fourth Time

 
 CFAI 1997-2008 Logo  CFAI 2010-2015 Logo  CFAI Logo 2015-2020

Accreditation—it’s not “just a plaque on the wall”. It’s a journey.
Someone once said that athletic activities would be a big waste of time if they didn’t keep score. No one really wants to watch a lot of physical effort between two groups of individuals unless they can determine who did the best job of playing the game. In our industry, the two opposite sides are the fire service effort as waged against the problem or accident. In the context of the accreditation concept, the CFAI has adopted the use of two different ways of keeping score. They are called baselines and benchmarks.

A baseline is defined as a database from which something can be judged. It also refers to current and historical performance.
A benchmark is defined as a standard from which something can be judged. It refers to future performance goals. Searching for industry best practice will help define superior or benchmark performance for which an organization can strive to meet.

Community Driven Strategic Plan
If we want to improve in our continuous drive for excellence, we must determine the organizational direction for excellence and develop a strategy for getting there. A properly developed strategic plan steers an organization from “business as usual” towards attainment of excellence by tackling areas needing improvement.

Community Risk Assessment—Standard of Cover
Matching resources to the risk using a methodology of identifying community hazards and risks, fire station distribution relative to the unique hazards, risks, population densities and service demand. The concentration of resources is established along with call type critical tasking, equipment needs and performance measures.

2020 CRA-SOC
2015 SOC
2010 SOC

Fire & Emergency Services Self-Assessment Manual
The primary purpose of an internal self-evaluation is to determine the current, or baseline performance of each of our services and programs. The second is to determine industry best practices and local expectations for the services and programs resulting in the development of plans for improvement. These plans must have a direct relationship to the department goals and objectives. The final reason is to provide a process by which to evaluate our services and programs in relation to improving the quality of the department and increasing the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of the agency.

What is "Accreditation"?

Accreditation is a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation model that enables organizations to examine past, current, and future service levels and internal performance and compare them to industry best practices. This process leads to improved service delivery.

CPSE's Accreditation Program, administered by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) allows fire and emergency service agencies to compare their performance to industry best practices in order to:

• Determine community risk and safety needs and develop community-specific Standards of Cover.
• Evaluate the performance of the department.
• Establish a method for achieving continuous organizational improvement.

The CFAI accreditation process provides a well-defined, internationally-recognized benchmark system to measure the quality of fire and emergency services.

For more information on the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) visit their webpage. 

Annual Reports

Fire Administration offices are located at
999 Central Ave. Suite 200 (2nd floor of the LAFD building)
Los Alamos, NM 87544