NNSA Administrator Visits Emergency Operations Centers, Pleased with Coordinated Fire Response

Press Release
Jul 1, 2011

LOS ALAMOS, NM - This morning, NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino visited the State of New Mexico's Emergency Operations Center where he was briefed on the statewide response to the wildfires near Los Alamos. Administrator D'Agostino, who flew in from Washington, D.C., Thursday evening, thanked the teams from state and federal agencies for their hard work and for the coordinated response.

Later, he met with New Mexico Environment Deputy Secretary Raj Solomon to discuss ongoing activities related to the Las Conchas Fire.

"What I've seen is a remarkable, seamless integrated response to this tragic fire," said D'Agostino.  "I am extremely confident in the coordinated response teams, who are performing superbly under difficult circumstances. We are committed to doing everything we can to support the surrounding communities."

“Administrator D’Agostino and the New Mexico Environment Department went over every scenario possible related to this fire,” Environment Secretary David Martin said.  “We have seen the numbers and we have strong confidence that the people of New Mexico are safe.”

Following briefings at the state EOC and with Secretary Martin, D'Agostino met up with New Mexico Gov. Susanna Martinez, U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan at the LANL  Emergency Operations Center. Some 75 people from the lab, the NNSA, and Los Alamos County have worked at the LANL EOC since Sunday. D’Agostino provided positive feedback about the cooperation and hard work that has gone into responding to the more than 100,000-acre wildfire, the largest fire in state history.