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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.


The mission of the Los Alamos County Fire and Life Safety Management Division is to develop, maintain, and provide fire prevention and code enforcement for the preservation of life, safety, property and environment for the citizens of Los Alamos County.

Fire Marshal Division Staff

Wendy Servey
Division Chief/Fire Marshal

Colorado Cordova
Fire Investigator/Fire Inspector

Senior Office Specialist

Plan Review/Permitting

Plan Review

Plan reviews for commercial construction are to be submitted through the Community Development Department (CDD).  Plan Review submissions specifically for fire suppression and detection systems can be turned directly in to the Fire Marshal’s Office. Three (3) copies of all detection/suppression plans are required, one stamped set to be on-site at all times during construction, one to be kept with the building owner and one to be kept with the Fire Marshal’s Office. Plans should be submitted with applicable checklist/forms/documents found under the Permit Submission tab below.

All suppression/detection systems must be installed and maintained by companies that have an active Certificate of Fitness with the State of New Mexico Fire Marshal's Office. 

Pre-Application meetings may be scheduled with the Building Official, Fire Marshal, and any other county official necessary to provide guidance for the new business owner prior to plan submittal.  Pre-Application meetings should be scheduled through CDD (662-8120).


Permitting is accomplished in a collaborative effort with the Community Development Department (CDD) and the Fire Marshal’s Office.  Permits need to be obtained for building construction and remodels, fire suppression/detection systems, hoods for commercial cooking operations, blasting operations, demolition operations, open burning in Pajarito Acres/La Senda (open burning is not allowed in any other areas), elevator construction, etc. Los Alamos County's adopted fire codes are NFPA 101 and NFPA 1 (2015). 

Los Alamos Municipal Code

LAFD-FMO Report a Fire Code Complaint or Concern

If you are concerned about a potential fire and life safety violation, or want to report a hazard, you have a few choices. You can fill out our online form which is attached below, or print and fill out the form then choose to either mail or drop off the form to:

LAFD-FMO Report a Fire Code Complaint or Concern

Mail or Drop off:

Attention to:  Fire Marshal

Los Alamos Fire Department – Fire Marshal’s Office

999 Central Avenue, Los Alamos, NM 87544


Email to:


Or you can call to discuss your concern and or leave a message at 505-662-8305 Fire Marshal’s Office Desk.

The Fire Marshal’s office logs and investigates every complaint received and provides the complainant with follow-up if contact information is filled-out. By completing this portion of the form it also allows the Fire Marshal to ask questions to gather information, however, complaints can also be made in an anonymous manner.

Knox Box FAQ


The Los Alamos Fire Department requires the use of a rapid Entry Key Box System, or Knox Box, key box system. The Knox Box can securely store keys, access cards, key fobs, elevator keys, electrical shunt trips, or other vital information needed to assist emergency responders. This information is intended to outline the requirements for the proper type and installation of secure key boxes and padlocks.

Occupancies Requiring a Knox Box

A Knox Box is required on all new construction and existing construction undergoing substantive remodel. When access to a building or area is necessary for life-saving or fire-fighting purposes or for access to fire protection equipment, a Knox Box will be required as designated by the Fire Marshal.

All occupancies that have a fire sprinklers system, fire alarm system, special hazards, hazardous materials or high piled storage are required to have a Knox Box. The size of the key box shall be determined by the type of occupancy and hazards present.

Buildings defined as a high rise require a Knox Elevator/Lobby Box in the Fire Command Room.

Location of the Knox Box

A Knox box shall be located adjacent the main entrance and at the Riser Room installed at a height of 6 ft. above grade. Additional key boxes may be required based upon access, location of fire protection systems and occupancy use and size.

Access Controlled Gates

A Knox Padlock, Model 3770, is required on all manual and automatic access controlled gates, pedestrian and vehicle, when the gates obstruct the fire lane and/or access to a building. In addition, a Knox Key Switch/KS-2, Model 3502, is required for all automatic access gates.

Fire Department Connection (FDC)

2 ½ in. Siamese FDC’s shall be provided with a Model 3040 or 3041 Knox FDC Cap with Swivel-Guard.

5 in. Storz FDC’s shall be provided with a Model 5002 Knox Cap.


Acceptable standard Knox Boxes are the hinged door Models 3200. Tamper switches are permitted when desired by the owner.

For muti-tenant, multi-story and mid-size and larger commercial buildings, a 4400 Series will be required. Consideration should be given to the intended use of the building when selecting the key box.

High-Rise buildings shall provide a Knox Elevator/Lobby Box Model 1403 in the Fire Command Room.

It is recommended that all Knox Boxes be recessed.

How To Order A Knox Product

We no longer require an authorization signature to purchase Knox products. You are still welcome to pick up a paper form in our office.

You may order directly from Knox at

Click here to review LAFD information on Knox Boxes, switches, etc.

Approved Fire Protection Contractors with state of NM (Cert. of Fitness)

This is a list of approved fire protection contractors with the state of New Mexico.

Certificate of Fitness

Fire Investigations

Fire Investigations

The Los Alamos Fire Department utilizes a Fire Investigation Team comprised of 12 to 15 certified members of LAFD staff to provide investigations for structure fires, vehicle fires, and wildland/vegetation fires. LAFD works in conjunction with the Los Alamos Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), New Mexico State Fire Marshal’s Office, and other entities to provide thorough investigations including evidence collection, fire cause determination, and legal documentation for intentional and unintentional fires. The Fire Investigation Team provides services to the community of Los Alamos , the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). 

After the Fire Booklet:


Hydrant Testing

Hydrant Testing

Hydrant testing is performed annually to test the conditions of fire hydrants and the municipal water system. LAFD personnel are trained to limit landscape/property damage to the best of their abilities.For hydrants located on private property, please limit surrounding vegetation and any obstructions to LAFD access.

Placement of Address

Placement of Address

LAFD asks the public to place their address number in a highly visible area with large numbers (at a minimum of 4 inches) and numbers that are contrasting the associated background to which it is affixed. Conspicuous placement allows for the fastest possible response for emergency responders. Please mitigate vegetation and other obstacles that block the view of your address. Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office for further information.

 House Numbers  House number placement

Residential Fire Safety

Follow the diagram below: 
Recommended Locations for Detectors

Lanterns and Luminarias

The use of sky lanterns within the County is prohibited per fire code. Sky lanterns can easily cause the unintentional spread of fire to structures, forests and open areas and a person can be held liable. The design of a sky lantern utilizes hot gas from the flame to rise, and as a result, flameless alternatives do not exist.

Luminarias may be utilized following general recommended fire safety guidelines. The party utilizing luminaria’s is responsible for confirmation that their activity is not in conflict with any requirements or restrictions by other entities. It is recommended to choose a flameless alternative lighting system such as pre-manufactured luminaria string light set, or a battery-operated tea light for optimum fire safety.

Find out more here about the use of Lanterns and Luminarias.

Recreational Fire Information

Recreational Fire: An outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, portable outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.
Learn more about how to enjoy Recreational fires safely.

To check fire weather warnings issued for Los Alamos by the National Weather Service (NWS) to determine if our area is in an elevated or extreme fire danger for burning please use the following link:

Firework Information

The County of Los Alamos, has not adopted by ordinance the regulation of certain permissible fireworks. However, the New Mexico State Statue, which is the Fireworks Licensing and Safety Act 60-2C7 (2007) is in effect which describes permissible and non-permissible fireworks.

Remember “legal” does not mean that fireworks are safe; remember these are explosives and should be used responsibly!  Before shooting fireworks, have plenty of space. Avoid areas of dry vegetation or other combustible materials and have a water hose or bucket available in case of a small fire. Keep small children and pets out of the immediate area and watch out for traffic. When you are done, dispose of waste material in a safe manner and not in the regular trash.

The most frequent fireworks complaints are people who don’t clean up afterwards and people discharging onto property other than their own. Be courteous of neighbors that may not share the same enthusiasm about celebrating the holiday also, please be mindful that other County Ordinances such as the noise or nuisance complaints can be filed.

For questions about fireworks, contact the Los Alamos County Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office, Los Alamos County Fire Department at (505) 662-8301. To report the inappropriate use, or illegal fireworks, contact the Los Alamos County Police Department at (505) 662-8222.


See safety tips below and follow the State guidelines for what is allowed.


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

Below is the link to which shows the New Mexico State Fire Marshal Fireworks Ordinance information.


Camp Fires

Camp Fires

Camp fires are allowed on private property and at the Camp May camping areas under the following conditions. When the county is not under Fire Restrictions/Red Flag conditions, in an approved fire ring/burn container with the surrounding areas free of vegetation, and a water supply must be available (preferably a garden hose, or buckets of water). The fire must be constantly attended/supervised by a responsible party able to extinguish the fire, and no burning of yard waste (weeds, grass, leaves, slash, brush, garbage), only burning of fire wood for entertainment purposes/cooking is allowed.Call the Fire Marshal’s Office for further clarification, if necessary.

Please be aware of wind conditions to avoid burdening your neighbors with smoke, embers, etc. LAFD personnel have the right to stop any and all burning operations that pose a danger or a burden to the surrounding public.