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Troy Hughes

Title: Fire Chief

Fire Chief Troy Hughes   

was born and raised on the plains of Nebraska.  His family was involved in farming, ranching, and several were associated with the railroad.

Troy’s fire service career started in 1985 as a firefighter/EMT-B with the Grand Island Fire Department.  Troy steadily rose through the ranks to achieve captain in 1992, division chief in 1998, and ultimately the fire chief in 2008.  Troy strongly believes in and utilized a participatory leadership style to facilitate many positive changes while serving in leadership roles with the Grand Island Fire Department. 

Troy was appointed to lead Los Alamos Fire Department in October of 2011.  He has long desired to live in an area like Los Alamos.  Troy has fond childhood memories of visits to family in Albuquerque and in the Colorado mountains.  Troy enjoys many outdoor activities like hiking, bike riding, motorcycle riding, and camping. 

Troy’s educational achievements include an A.A.S. in Fire Protection Technology, a B.A. in Public Administration, and a M.A. in Management with a Leadership Emphasis.  Troy graduated Summa Cum Laude and was named the “Outstanding Graduate in the Public Administration Program” while completing his B.A. from Doane College.  He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. 

Troy’s wife, Jodi, is a reading coach in the Los Alamos elementary school system.  Troy and Jodi have two adult children.  Their son, Michael, is a railroad conductor in Colorado and their daughter Kaylea is a police officer in Aurora, Illinois. Their grand children include 5 year old Emma (Michaels’s) and 2 year old Liam (Kaylea’s). 


Justin Grider

Title: Deputy Chief (Administration)
Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider was born in Albuquerque and raised in La Cueva, located in the Jemez Mountains.  As a result of his upbringing, he has a deep appreciation of the mountains and the people who live there. He went to school at NM State University where he studied Wildlife Science and will have his AAS degree in Fire Protection through Eastern New Mexico University in the spring of 2012.

Justin started his fire career in La Cueva with Sandoval County where he literally grew up in the Fire Service because his Father was the Chief during his informative years. He volunteered for many years, before joining the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD), with La Cueva and Sandoval County Fire Departments.  He began his LAFD career in 1997 as a Firefighter II and was promoted to Driver Engineer within two years.  In 2003, Justin was promoted to Captain and served as Station Captain and Support Officer until he was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2008. Prior to his promotion to Deputy Chief, he served as the Assistant Fire Chief of EMS and Training for eight months.

Some memorable events during his career were the Cerro Grande Fire and the Las Conchas Fire. During the Cerro Grande, he was a Driver Engineer and was tasked with LANL and community firefighting. During the Las Conchas Fire, he represented LAFD in the Fire Operations area at the Emergency Operations Center as well as patrolling affected areas.

With that being said, Justin is most proud of the relationships he has developed and fostered over the years and the support from so many in the Fire Department. He states that “this is truly the best job and most loving family that anyone can electively join”.

He is married to Cori and has two young children, Madisen and Charlie. Both kids keep him and his wife busy with many projects and school. Justin and family enjoy the outdoors, camping, hunting and travel.

Glenn Trehern

Title: Deputy Chief (Operations)

Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Trehern was raised in the Jemez area where he lived with his parents and older sister.  Firefighting has always been a part of his life as he is a second generation firefighter in Los Alamos.  His dad, Jim Trehern, retired as the D.O.E. Fire Chief after 25 years of service.

Glenn joined the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) in 1989 and moved through the firefighter ranks.  He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1995, Captain in 1996, Battalion Chief of Operations in 2010, and now to Deputy Fire Chief of Operations.   During his career, he has served as an active member of various committees and teams including Safety and TRT.  Glenn is very familiar with the Los Alamos National Lab (LANL), not only as an LAFD firefighter, but also as an employee.  He has worked at LANL since 1997 as a Chemical Technician and a Fire Protection Specialist.  Due to this familiarity, Glenn has a strong knowledge base of both LAFD and LANL and is valuable resource to both entities.

One of Glenn’s most memorable experiences was during the Cerro Grande Fire (2000) when he was the Captain in charge of a group of brave and selfless individuals who were assigned or volunteered for the most dangerous assignments in an effort to protect the town and LANL during this disaster. This group was known as “Suicide Squad” because of their willingness to put themselves at risk to get the job done. He states that “I will never forget those men that stood by my side”.  For his actions, he was honored to receive the Department of Energy Medal of Valor as well as a certificate of recognition for courage and selfless generosity from the state of New Mexico and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In his spare time he enjoys hunting, playing sports, working out, and spending time in the beautiful Jemez Mountains with his family. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married since 1991.  Elizabeth provides dedicated support to their family as a stay-at-home mom who is continually busy with their activities.  Glenn’s greatest joy in life is being the father to three lovely daughters; Staci, Amber, and Brooke. He enjoys watching them ride their horses and compete at rodeos and rodeo queen competitions.


Francisco Martinez

Title: Division Chief (Training)
Division Chief Francisco Martinez was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in the small community of Rio En Medio in the Tesuque area. Francisco has been dedicated to the fire service since 1995.  He started out as a volunteer Firefighter with Tesuque Volunteer Fire Department.  During this time, he became certified as an EMT-Basic.

In 1999, Francisco joined the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) as a firefighter.  He was promoted to Driver Engineer in 2003, Captain in 2005, and most recently to Battalion Chief in 2010.  Francisco serves as the department's Training Division Chief. Francisco has been involved in many projects with LAFD including the Driver Engineer Program and the Respiratory Protection Program. He currently holds a variety of course certificates, including the EMT- Intermediate and  an AAS Degree in Fire Protection Technology.

Francisco is married  to Tamarra who is a Pediatric ICU Neonatal RN, Forensic S.A. Nurse and Instructor. They are the proud parents of Gabriel and Mia Martinez.

Francisco enjoys the outdoors and loves quality family time.

Adam Muller

Title: Battalion Chief (EMS)

Division Chief Adam E. Muller was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in the small community of Nambe. Adam has been exposed to the fire service all his life and began following in the footsteps of his father Driver Engineer Patrick Muller by dedicating his life to the fire service in 1998.  He started out as a volunteer Firefighter with Pojoaque Valley Volunteer Fire Department. During this time, he became certified as an Fire fighter I through Santa Fe County, he also obtained his New Mexico EMT-Basic and EMT – Intermediate Licenses.

In 2000, Adam joined the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) as a firefighter.  He was promoted to Driver Engineer in 2009, Captain in 2010, and most recently to Battalion Chief in 2011.  His current assignment is as the Battalion Chief of EMS. He has been involved in many projects with LAFD including the; SCBA/Respiratory Tech; Pub Ed.; Arson Investigation Team; Station Mentor. He currently holds a variety of course certificates, including the NREMT – Paramedic, an Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services, and an  Associates of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology.

Adam is a proud father of four beautiful daughters: Ashleigh, Kaley, Cienna and Laila Muller.

Richard Garcia

Title: Division Chief (Safety)

Division Chief Richard Garcia was introduced to firefighting while serving with the US Navy in 1975.  After four years in the Navy, he returned to his hometown of Las Cruces, New Mexico and was hired as a Firefighter with the Department of Defense at White Sands.  After serving 14 years as a Firefighter at the White Sands Test Facility, he wanted to get out of the desert climate and get into a cooler and greener area, so he and his son moved up North and Richard was hired on with the Los Alamos County Fire Department.

Richard promoted through the ranks to his current position as Battalion Chief.  He has an Instructor Level III Certification, and is a New Mexico State Fire Academy Fire Essentials Instructor, Wildland Fire Instructor, and National Safety Council Defensive Driving Instructor.  In addition, Richard is a member of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.  Since 1997 Richard has been instrumental in coordinating, instructing, and preparing recruits for graduation as Training Battalion Chief. Richard is our Safety Division Chief.

Brian Nickerson

Title: Division Chief (FL&S) / Fire Marshal

Division Chief Brian Nickerson was born and raised in Washington, Missouri and graduated from Washington High School.  In 1989 he began his career in the fire service and joined his father who had 38 years in the fire service, including being the first Fire Marshal of Washington Missouri.  Nickerson has an Associate Degree in Fire Science from East Central College and is currently working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science through Columbia Southern University.

Brian brings 22 years of fire experience which began as a volunteer fire fighter and then promoted to lieutenant of a ladder company in the Washington Fire Department in Washington Missouri.  After 10 years as a volunteer, he was hired as a fire inspector in Osage Beach Missouri and was promoted three times in a 2 ½ year period which took him to the Fire Marshal position.  BC Nickerson has served as an Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief in the areas of fire investigations and training as well as five years as a Fire Chief in Wright City Missouri. 

Certifications include Fire Instructor II, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Officer, Adjunct Instructor at University of Missouri-Columbia, Lead Evaluator, and Incident Management Team for the State of Missouri. Brian has also received fire services awards to include Firefighter of the Year, Letter of Commendation for Meritorious Action, Medal of Bravery and 2 CPR Saves.

Brian has two children – a daughter Hayley who is 18 and will graduate from high school in May of 2011 and a son Aaron who is 10 and in the 4th grade.  Brian enjoys the outdoors hiking, site seeing, traveling and many other activities. He also enjoys sports watching and playing as well as coaching his son’s football, baseball and basketball teams.

Steven Dawald

Title: Battalion Chief (A Shift)
Battalion Chief Steve Dawald grew up in southern California and graduated from Arcadia High School.  He holds two Associate’s Degrees – one in Fire Protection Technology and one in Emergency Medical Services.  He is working on his Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Education which will be completed this year.  Steve’s education pursuits won’t end there as he has plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in either Management or Education.

Steve began his firefighting career in 1989 as a fire explorer with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and became an EMT in 1990.  During his college years, he worked for a private ambulance service and then in the mid 90s, volunteered for three local fire departments and attended paramedic training.  These experiences solidified his interest and desire in becoming a full-time firefighter/paramedic - which led to his joining the LAFD in December of 1998.  He quickly promoted to the rank of Driver Engineer in May of 2003 and Captain in July of 2005.  He has acted as an Operations Battalion Chief for eight months prior to his promotion to Battalion Chief in February of 2012...  
Steve holds numerous certifications including:  Paramedic, Fire Officer 1 & 2, Fire Instructor 1, 2 &3, TRT member, and hazardous materials technician & team member.  He is an EMS Instructor/Coordinator and is certified to teach CPR, ACLS, and PALS.  He is an active member of the medical advisory and vehicle committees.  Steve also teaches as an adjunct EMS instructor for Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell and plans to teach Fire Science courses for the University of New Mexico in the near future.            
When asked what his career highlights are, Steve’s response was “Every day that I come to work is a highlight.  Loving what I do for a living and learning something new every day is a highlight.  I love watching and helping others grow and develop and take great pride in seeing them reach their goals.  Fighting fires and taking care of sick patients is rewarding, but the best highlight of all is working with a great group of people that would do anything for each other.”           
Steve is married to Melanie and have a daughter named Cady.  He and his wife enjoy homeschooling their daughter and spending time outdoors in the Jemez Mountains together with family and friends.  The Dawalds currently live in Rio Rancho and someday hope to live in the Jemez Springs area. 

Paul Grano

Title: Battalion Chief (C Shift)

Battalion Chief Paul Grano was born and raised in Orange County, California.  Paul moved to New Mexico in 1998 when he was offered a position as a firefighter with the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD).  He started pursuing a career as a firefighter in 1992 when he enrolled in the Fire Science Program at Rancho Santiago College in California, where he graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science.  He then enrolled at California State University, Fullerton and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  He was a Paid-call firefighter with the Orange County Fire Authority until moving to New Mexico.

In 1998, Paul joined the Los Alamos Fire Department as a firefighter.  He was promoted to Captain in 2005 and most recently to Battalion Chief in 2012.  His current assignment is in Operations as the C-Shift BC.  Paul has been involved with numerous programs with LAFD at one time or another including: the Respiratory Protection Program, the Public Education Team, and the Technical Rescue Team.  Prior to promoting to BC, Paul considers his involvement with the Union (Local 3279) as one of his proudest achievements with LAFD.  He was the Vice-President for three years and the Secretary for one year.

Paul is happily married to his wife, Laurie, and they are the proud parents to a beautiful daughter, Keira.  Paul enjoys spending as much time as he can with Laurie and Keira.  He also enjoys traveling, mountain biking, and skiing.

Justin Cassel

Title: Battalion Chief (B Shift)

Battalion Chief Justin C. Cassel was born in Superior, Wisconsin. In his early years he relocated with his family to Iran (Dad worked for AT&T). Upon the fall of the Shah, the family relocated to Colorado Springs where he graduated high school.

After a short stint at the UND-Bottineau, he served six years in the USMC and actively participated in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. The Marine Corps decided his first duty station should be aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation CV-64, at that time if you were a Marine on sea-duty, they also made you a ship-board firefighter. He used those skills when the ship had a 20,000 gallon fuel/oil spill and subsequent fire for the next 24 hours while steaming out of the port of San Diego.
After being honorably discharged from the USMC, he decided the fire service may be a career for him and relocated to Portland, OR to further his education in the fire field.

When he was attending school he worked at the VA National Cemetery, Portland and was an Intern a Clark County Fire District # 3 (Washington). Upon graduation of Portland Community College with an AAS-Fire Science he worked for the college in the fire science program, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue at their regional training center and Clark County Fire District # 12.
In 1997 he was hired on with LAFD as a Firefighter II and has served as a Training Officer, Driver Engineer, Captain, Support Officer and Act. Battalion Chief of Safety.

He has attended numerous National Fire Academy courses to include Organizational Theory in Practice and was part of the first class in Colorado to graduate from the 160 hour Chief Officer Training Curriculum course.
He is currently finishing his divisional assignment in Safety and is looking forward to his assignment to Training.

Benjamin Stone

Title: Division Chief (EMS)

Battalion Chief Vacant 

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