Fire Department wraps up busy year

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By Carol A. Clark

As a year filled with accomplishments comes to a close, the Los Alamos Fire Department welcomes 29 new recruits who graduated from five months of intense training Dec. 20. The 19th recruitment class adds two women and 27 men to department.

"The County and Los Alamos National Laboratory support was enhanced this year with the completion of the cooperative agreement with NNSA for emergency response services with the County," Assistant Chief/Fire Marshall Mike Thompson said. "This has increased our capabilities by adding staff, thereby more effectively responding to the needs of LANL and the County. This was one of the drivers for our most recent recruit class."

LAFD also has worked closely with LANL, state, and county personnel this year on drills to validate its plans and abilities for various responses, he said.

"Part of our readiness includes daily activities in which our personnel perform pre-incident planning with all major facilities in the county and at LANL and in some cases arranging comprehensive tours for our field crews to augment our nuclear grade response capabilities," Thompson said. "Our department has completed the rollout of all applicable NIMS training as directed by FEMA for response agencies giving us the added ability to respond to regional scale incidents."

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