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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.

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Todays Fire Danger / Stage 1 Restrictions

Campfires allowed in all areas.  Fireworks allowed.  For more information see the Fire Danger Levels Explained page.

Stage 1 Restrictions
Fire Danger Moderate

Contact Info



999 Central Ave. Suite 200 (2nd floor of the LATA building)

Monday - Friday:

8:00am - 5:00pm

LAFD Photo Collage 2016


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


“We Walk With P.R.I.D.E.” It is the vision of the Los Alamos County Fire Department to be renowned for its PRIDE and consistent demonstration of best practices and active department values in mission execution that exceeds the needs and expectations of our community. 



P for Professionalism
 will be the foundation of our overall culture and, enhanced through our commitment to public relations and external communications initiatives, ensuring an enhanced interaction with the community we are honored to serve.  
R for Readiness
will be demonstrated by continued improvements to the community’s emergency communications system supported by contemporary technology solutions and a complete range of updated physical resources.
I for Involvement
 will be clearly established in the internal communications processes that when institutionalized, will support our members and work toward greater accountability and development. 
D for Discipline
 will be demonstrated as we hold one another accountable for fulfilling our mission and actively demonstrating our values through our empathetic awareness of others, as we develop better quality human resource management practices. 
E for Excellence
 is at the heart of our individual and department goals, recognized by steadfast efforts to be continuously known as an internationally accredited fire service agency, recognizing we are entrusted with the safety and welfare of our community which drives us to ensure this vision becomes reality.




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 in 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.

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

2016 LAFD Annual Report

2015 LAFD Annual Report

2014 LAFD Annual Report

2013 LAFD Annual Report

2012 LAFD Annual Report

For years prior to 2012, please click here for information to make a Public Records request.

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