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NOW HIRING:  STARTING SALARY 1st Yr:  $61,500 Firefighter + $7,500 Hiring Bonus (no experience necessary).  $66,960 For Firefighter/ Paramedic + $15,000 Hiring Bonus.  PLUS:  Average overtime in Academy ~ $15,000.   PLUS:  FREE Dorm Housing available. 

Academy #33 Applications CLOSED! 
Stay tuned for details on Academy #34

Why Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) NM?

LAFD is one of the best fire departments in New Mexico and has a standard for excellence being Internationally Accredited, as well as, a Class 1 ISO public protection classification rating. LAFD is an all-hazards nuclear grade fire department. LAFD's uniformed personnel are on duty to protect life, property and environment of Los Alamos County and are stationed at (5) Stations across the jurisdiction of 109 miles. Station 2 is an additional station being designated as the Training Station. The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is comprised of an area of approximately 50 miles inside LAFD's response responsibility. Due to LANL, all LAFD firefighters must maintain a top security clearance. Additional personnel include an equally committed civilian staff of 11 to provide technical and administrative support to the mission.

LAFD is remains steadfast in its dedication to best practices for firefighter fitness and health by maintained NFPA 1582 annual firefighter physicals, providing fitness programs offered by strength and conditioning trainers from LANL Wellness. Currently LAFD is trying to obtain Cancer screening for our firefighters.  Five new stations in the next 5 years will incorporate the latest in Cancer prevention measures and improved living quarters for firefighter safety and well-being. 

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Online Written Test

April 15th-19th

Practice CTT 

April 20th

Testing Weekend


April 27th-29th

Occupational Medicine


May 8th

Occupational Medicine


May 22nd



JUNE 10th  

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LAFD Fleet

Maintains a comprehensive all-hazards response fleet consisting of 13 structural suppression apparatus, 11 wildland/urban interface suppression apparatus, 3 rescues, 6 ambulances, 1 airport crash-fire-rescue apparatus, and 1 mobile command operation center, UTVs, drones and even a specialized firefighting robot-tank to protect LANL and the community of Los Alamos. 

5 New Stations

In 2022, New Station 5 broke ground and is expected to be finished in the fall of 2024. Station 1 has been approved and a new Station 4 is in the process of hiring an Architectual firm. Five new Stations in five years with Station 5 being built now. 

2022 US News Ranks County as Healthiest

Endless sunny days and a robust recreational trail system, adjacent National Forests, Olympic-sized pool, outdoor skating rink and Pajarito Ski are just a few of options to keep active.

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