Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) is thesecond 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 & 11 civilian support staff.
The Administration Division provides overall management of the Department
The EMS mission is primarily emergency response, although non-emergency, and inter-facility transfers to outlying hospitals, and other medical facilities occur routinely
The Fire and Life Safety Management Division provides programmatic oversight for incident reporting, new and existing building inspections, fire investigations, wildland/urban mitigation, hydrant testing, pre-fire planning and public education.
The Operations Division provides and maintains, through a force of trained and qualified personnel, a state of readiness necessary to cope with real and potential emergency incidents affecting the citizens and visitors of Los Alamos County.
The Safety Division, under the direction of the Battalion Chief/Safety Officer provides policy for environmental, safety and health issues for the prevention of accidents, injuries, illness and fatalities.
The LAFD Training Division provides for and maintains the department’s preparedness for incident management, fire suppression and investigations, wildland and urban interface fire fighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, high angle and confined space rescue, incident reporting and computer training, and other emergency and non-emergency services that occur in our service delivery area.
The Fire Marshal’s office provides programmatic oversight for incident reporting, new and existing building inspections, fire investigations, code enforcement, plan reviews, fire suppression/detection system inspection, and public awareness.
LosAlamos Fire Department Administration
999 Central Ave. Suite 200
Los Alamos, NM 87544
8:00 am-5:00 pm
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