October 2016 Member of the month


Benjamin Stone EMS Division Chief.

Benjamin Stone is a Chief Fire Officer, and Chief EMS Officer as designated by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, he is also a Paramedic with an educational background in Fire Service Leadership and Domestic Preparedness. Ben has worked in fire and EMS for over 15 years of which 13 have been with Los Alamos, the last three years serving as the EMS Division Chief.

Ben was named the 2016 IAEMC/Intermedex Harvard EMS Fellow, attending the John F. Kennedy School of Government; State and Local Government program in June.

Los Alamos 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, EMS, Wildland and public education to a diverse community.

Included in the services that LAFD provides is the contracted protection of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a large research and development campus. Activities at the laboratory include dynamic research in the fields of radiological, chemical, and biological agents. To fulfill the requirements placed by the Department of Energy to protect a Nuclear research facility LAFD staff’s 5 stations, with a total of 150 employees.

LAFD operates under a contract with the
EMS agency name
Los Alamos County Fire Department
Agency location/area served (City/State)
Los Alamos County New Mexico
Service type: (Municipal, Private, Hospital, Volunteer
Paid fire based EMS
Number of staff: EMT/ AEMT’s: 72 Paramedics: 48 Support staff: 3

Annual call volume statistics

  • 911 responses-EMS- 1314 Department- 1541
  • 911 transports- 1346
  • ALS percentage of transports- 89%
  • BLS percentage of transports- 20%
  • Non-emergency transports (if applicable) 1%

  • Population of coverage area 12,019 county residents (Night)- 10,500 LANL employees (additional population during the day)
  • Square mileage of coverage area- county is 109 square miles

Ambulance Fleet information

  • Number of BLS ambulances: We have 6 crossed staffed (ALS/BLS) ambulances running from 5 ALS stations.
  • Number of ALS ambulances NA
  • Number of supervisory units 1
  • Specialty units/resources MCI trailer, ALS heavy rescue.

Other projects:

  • LAFD is in the early stages of developing a mobile integrated health program. Current programs include a fall prevention program, Community CPR and the Heart Safe Community project.

Challenges:

  • Nearest level one trauma or stroke center is 110 miles away by ground.
  • Nearest cardiac catheterization lab is 55 miles.

Special projects:

  • Working towards holding a Resuscitation Academy in January 2017

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