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Nov

Antti Promoted to Assistant Chief

NEWS RELEASE

November 8, 2016

Media Contact: Eric Guevin, Fire Marshal/Public Information Officer
eguevin@tahoefire.com
775-815-0972

Antti Promoted to Assistant Chief

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District is pleased to announce the promotion of Jim Antti to the position of Assistant Chief. Antti has served the Fire District for 24 years; was hired as a Firefighter/Paramedic in June 1992, promoted to Captain in February 2003, and to Battalion Chief in June 2013.

Chief Antti has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and a Fire Officer’s Certification from the California State Fire Marshal’s Office. He is a certified EMT II, hazardous materials technician/specialist, and hazardous device technician. He has also participated in courses on fire/post-blast investigation, high/low angle rescue, vehicle extrication, sub-surface water rescue, and ice rescue. Chief Antti was the first certified ice rescue technician for the department and has played a large role in the ice rescue program development and training of all other department personnel.  He has served on the Health and Safety Committee, as a peer fitness trainer, as Bomb Squad Commander and as the Fire District’s Terrorism Liaison Officer.

As a Battalion Chief he was responsible for the purchase and maintenance of apparatus, vehicles and radio inventory; he has served as the liaison with Douglas County dispatch to maintain the communications systems. His new responsibilities include organizational training, operations and administration.

Throughout his career, Antti has developed and taught courses to the Fire District, neighboring jurisdictions, local businesses, schools, the U.S. Military, and other government agencies nationally and internationally. The course topics covered emergency medical services, explosive ordinance disposal, fire investigation, post-blast investigation, and hazardous materials.  This has included teaching fire investigation at Lake Tahoe Community College, IED awareness for the U.S. Marine Corps, and post-blast investigation for the U.S. State Department overseas.

Chief Antti and his wife Susan have raised three girls and a son in Gardnerville and have one grandson.

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District is an “All Risk” Department providing Fire Prevention, Fire Suppression, Advanced Life Support, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Forest Fuels Management, and Emergency Rescue.  The dedicated professionals respond to approximately 2000 emergency calls annually.  The Fire District currently holds an ISO rating 3/3Y.

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Sep
25
Aug

Battalion Chief Moss Discusses TDFPD's Bomb Squad with the Nevada Division of Emergency Management

Nevada Department of Public Safety's Division of Emergency Management's Interview with Chief Todd Moss, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District/Bomb Squad

Nevada Division of Emergency Management (DEM):  What area do you cover? What sorts of calls are in your squad's mission area?
Chief Todd Moss, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District/Bomb Squad (TM):  Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad covers Douglas County, the City of South Lake Tahoe, Carson City, the Capitol, and State Legislature.  We are contracted with these areas and provide EOD related training for IED/WMD awareness, search procedures, SWAT booby trap scenarios, EMS procedures after hostile events, and explosives awareness through demonstrations.

The majority of our calls for service are explosives sweeps for political or special events.  We have seen an increase in these requests due to the awareness of hostile events seen nationally.  We have access to Explosive Detection Canines (EDCs), which make the sweeps more efficient and timely.  During peak times, these assets can be stretched thin across northern Nevada.  We are currently exploring avenues to acquire more EDC assets as the need increases.  We also respond to suspicious packages, hoax devices, military munitions, and recovered explosives (old dynamite and commercial fireworks).  We also provide support to the local SWAT teams with explosive breaching and robotic capabilities. 

DEM:  What organizations does your squad partner with to achieve its mission?
TM:  We are part of the Northern Nevada Bomb Technicians Task force.  This includes Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad (Tahoe Douglas Fire District and Douglas Country Sheriff's Office), Consolidated Bomb Squad (Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Reno Police Department, and Sparks Police Department), Elko Bomb Squad (Elko Police Department), FBI, and the ATF.  Together, we have 16 Bomb Technicians that provide service to 13 of the 17 counties in Nevada - approximately 69,500 square miles with 600,000 residents.  All of the Northern Nevada Bomb Squads are part-time, which means our primary mission is as police officers, deputies, investigators, and firefighters.  When there is a bomb call, we retrieve the EOD vehicles and respond whether on duty or off.

DEM:  What are the training requirements for a member of your team?
TM:  Once appointed to the bomb squad, the wait to go to Hazardous Device School (HDS) is between 18-24 months.  The reason for the wait period is that there are 466 accredited bomb squads with 3,054 certified bomb technicians nationally, and only one school.  During this time, the candidate must be able to obtain a secret clearance from the FBI and take the one week Hazardous Technician course.  The candidate is held to the same hourly training requirements as a bomb tech.  We are mandated to train a minimum of 16 hours a month in EOD related scenarios, which does not include maintenance of equipment or explosive inventory checks.  Also mandated is a 40 hour class in advanced or special EOD procedures every year.  HDS is located in Huntsville, AL., at the Redstone Arsenal and is a six week program.  Every three years, the bomb tech must go back to HDS for a one week recertification program.  As one can see, the additional time requirement for the bomb squad can create a time management juggling act between work and family life. 

DEM:  How is your squad funded?
TM:  The parent agency of each bomb tech is financially responsible for their employee(s).  Local public safety organizations have to budget for the overtime or creatively staff during training days and calls for service.  We rely heavily on grants, specifically the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP).  With the development/implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directives 17 and 19 in 2007 (Countering Improvised Explosive Devices and Combating Terrorist Use of Explosives in the United States), national bomb squads saw an increase in grant funding.  With the aid of the HSGP, we were able to increase our capabilities with additional equipment and obtain FEMA Type I status.  The majority of these equipment grants came in 2008-2010.  From 2010 until now, HASP funding for Northern Nevada bomb squads has been minimal to nonexistant.  Another concerning trend seen is the ability of Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) grant recipients having the ability to obtain further funding through the HASP, while non UASI areas continue to go unfunded.  The inability to have routine funding for equipment updates, repairs, and advanced training decreases our ability to provide Nevada with progressively developed practices and techniques.

DEM:  What are the biggest challenges facing your squad going forward?
TM:  First, the ability to purchase and sustain existing equipment.  Second, succession planning.  We have four of our six bomb techs eligible to retire from one year to five years out.  Losing over forty years of experience, coupled with finding the "right person for the job" is concerning.

DEM:  How can others learn more about what you do? Do you provide demonstrations?
TM:  They can visit our website, tahoefire.org, for general information or can email me at tmoss@tahoefire.com.  We do provide demonstrations.  Since we share the Douglas County Rifle Range with the public, we like to limit the amount of demonstrations.  Please email with interest and we can schedule a day.

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24
Aug

22nd Annual Firefest

Please join us for the 22nd Annual Firefest, presented by the Kiwani's Club of Lake Tahoe on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10 am to 3 pm at the South Lake Tahoe Airport.

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Jul

Former National Guard Chief Navigator now guiding the path for TDFPD

NEWS RELEASE
July 21, 2016
Media Contact: Eric Guevin, Fire Marshal/Public Information Officer
 eguevin@tahoefire.com
775-815-0972

Former National Guard Chief Navigator now guiding the path for TDFPD

                                                            Fire Chief Scott Baker

July 1 began a new chapter for the TDFPD when Scott Baker took over the controls as Fire Chief.

Chief Baker joined the fire district in December after an extensive national search for an Assistant Chief.  Former Fire Chief Ben Sharit retired last month, and the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to promote Baker to Fire Chief.   Baker was previously with the Reno Fire Department where his most recent position was that of Division Chief of Fleet and Facilities. His fire service career expands over the past 20 years from Firefighter, Operator, Captain and Battalion Chief.   He has served as Incident Command on numerous large all-risk incidents including the Washoe Fire in 2012.

Chief Baker is originally from Illinois, and has served in the Nevada Air National Guard for over 27 years in various positions - Mission Commander, Detachment Commander, Flight Lead, Safety Investigation Board President, Flight Commander, and Senior Navigator. As an Officer in the USAF, his responsibilities included managing tactical aircrew personnel and equipment for flying, maintenance and intelligence squadrons. He has had the opportunity to travel the world and work in a variety of challenging situations before he retired as Chief Navigator and Lieutenant Colonel in 2013.

Chief Baker has a Bachelor of Science in Finance/Accounting, and is currently working on his Master of Science degree in Public Safety and Law Enforcement. 

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District is an “All Risk” Department providing Fire Prevention, Fire Suppression, Advanced Life Support, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Forest Fuels Management, and Emergency Rescue.  The dedicated professionals respond to approximately 2000 emergency calls annually.  The Fire District currently holds an ISO rating 3/3Y.

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May

ZCES students kick off summer with safety training

US Forest Service Engine 44 Fire Safety

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Tahoe Douglas Marine 24 Water Safety

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CalStar 6 Medical Helicopter

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27
May
27
May

KGID provides a very unique training opportunity

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Tahoe Douglas firefighters conducted live fire training this month in the old KGID pump building, Stateline, NV.  This was a rare and unusual opportunity for the fire district.

 

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This live fire training is necessary for crews to better learn how to combat fire in the most realistic training environment possible.  Crews can watch the fire develop and have a realistic feel for the conditions they meet in this high risk, low frequency situation. 

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Firefighters go through a rigorous training academy before being assigned to a fire company.  As with any training, you must continue to practice and to learn new techniques in the industry.  This Live-Fire training is one of the best forms of training available.  The opportunities for this type of training are rare today.  The Fire District would like to thank KGID and the public for this opportunity.

 

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27
May

TDFPD Supports Community Programs

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 IAFF Local 2441 donates toys and cash for local community needs.

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Routine Friday Supporting Christmas Cheer. On the first, second and fourth Fridays of the month, TDFPD firefighters help load food for distrubtion.

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Christmas Cheer is a non-profit organiziation under the leadership of a community board of directors and funded soley by donations from the community. For more information call 530-542-4934.

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12
May

2016 Defensible Space Yard Clean up Programs

Start creating defensible space by utilizing the following free programs: 

South Tahoe Refuse Curbside Yard Waste Pick up:

Nevada residential customers can place one bag of yard waste at curb side for each can of weekly “per can” service, i.e., 1-can service equals 1 bag of yard waste; 2-can service equals 2 bags of yard waste at no extra charge.

Bags exceeding the “per can” service will be charged as extra or left until the next week.  The yard waste recycling program is not available to Nevada on-call customers. -Tahoe Living-Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Also, on the week of May 23, 2016 only: STR will pick up six - 32 gallon bags of yard waste for Nevada customers on their regular scheduled pick up day.

Compost Your Combustibles:

The popular "Compost Your Combustibles" program will re-open Memorial Day Weekend through July 4th, 2016. Homeowners can dump yard waste materials such as pine cones and pine needles for free at the Heavenly Boulder Lodge parking lot. This program is made possible by the cooperative efforts between the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, South Tahoe Refuse, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kingsbury General Improvement District and the Tahoe Village Homeowners Association. See details below:

  • WHERE: Heavenly Boulder Lodge parking lot
  • WHEN: Gates will be open from Satuarday May 28th through Monday July 4th between the hours of 8:00 am-5:00 pm 7 days a week.
  • WHAT: Allowable materials for dumping are pine needles, pine cones and cut materials.
  • SPECIAL NOTES: Grass clippings and wooden construction debris are prohibited. All materials for dumping must be removed from plastic bags.

Curbside Chipping for District Residents:

Over the past eight years TDFPD has spoken with thousands of homeowners about defensible space and wildfire prevention and we heard that disposing of slash, cut limbs, brush and pine needles is the most significant impediment people have to creating adequate defensible space. In response the Zephyr Crew will run our community chipping program from May 25th through early October. Please note the following guidelines when requesting this service:

  • Piles must be curbside and easily accessible.
  • Limbs must be no larger than six inches in diameter.
  • Please organize stick and branches so that the large end is pointed toward the road so that it can be easily grabbed and pulled into the chipper.
  • Please note that the pile must not contain stumps, roots, garbage, nails, lumber or dirt. Dirty pine needles and other raked debris is very damaging for chippers, please try to keep piles clean.

Requests can be made by clicking the link below:

http://www.tahoefire.org/fuels-management/curbside-chipping

Defensible Space Evalautions:

Tahoe Douglas's staff forester, prevention  staff and Zephyr Fire Crew leadership can evaluate your defensible space, provide evaluation documentation consistent with Nevada State Law and acceptable by most homeowners insurance companies.  We can also issue TRPA Tree Removal Permits when tree removal is necessary for fire safety.  Defensible space consultations can be scheduled by calling 775-588-3591 or by clicking the link below:

http://www.tahoefire.org/fuels-management/service-request

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Feb

2016 Ash Can Program

January 19th marked the anniversary of the 2012 Washoe Drive Fire which was caused by the improper disposal of fireplace ashes.  Remembering the devastation of this fire event, gives us an opportunity to remind our residents that we are still in drought conditions even with the snowfall this winter.  

The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District has partnered with Kingsbury Hardware to provide ash cans to the homeowners of the Fire District for the safe disposal of hot ashes. This program is available free of charge to residents of the Fire District who use a wood burning appliance to heat their homes.

To obtain a free ash can, homeowners can go to Tahoefire.org under the PREVENTION tab - BURNING REGULATIONS and print out an Ash Can Voucher. Vouchers are also available at Station 23 in Round Hill across from Safeway. Completed vouchers can be exchanged for an ash can at Kingsbury Hardware while supplies last.

Full ash cans can be dumped at TDFPD Station #23, 193 Elks Point Road, Zephyr Cove, in the rear parking lot in a bright red dumpster.

Kingsbury Hardware

264 Kingsbury Grade

Stateline, Nevada 89449

775-588-5681

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24
Nov

Moss Promoted to Battalion Chief/EMS Chief

TDFPD recently promoted Captain Todd Moss to the position of Battalion Chief.  In his new capacity, Moss will be responsible for the day to day operations for A Shift; he will also serve as the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Chief and Custodian of Records.  Chief Moss will be the NV PERS Chief Officer Representative, a member of the Employee Benefits Committee and he will oversee the GASB 45 and 68 compliance requirements.

Chief Moss joined the TDFPD in 1997 as a firefighter/paramedic, promoted through the ranks to Engineer and Captain working on numerous special projects.   Moss was instrumental in securing the fire district’s first Hazardous Materials Response Trailer, instituting a wellness/fitness initiative with workout equipment and certified peer fitness trainers; and serving on the Health and Safety Committee which reviews firefighter equipment, safety gear, uniform standards and injury prevention efforts.  Chief Moss is also a member of the Quad County HazMat Team.

Moss has been a member of the Douglas County Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team since 2006 and was appointed to the leadership position of Commander in 2014.  In that capacity, he has had the opportunity to train with the U.S. Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

He is a graduate of South Tahoe High School (Go Vikings!). Chief Moss lives in Gardnerville with his wife and daughters.  Congratulations Chief Moss!

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Nov

No Scary Halloween - sights and sounds at the Firehouse

While some sites at Halloween can be scary for preschool aged children, Teacher Shelly’s class learned that there is nothing scary about the Firehouse.  Check out the pictures and see what the children learned from their firehouse tour.

 

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20
Oct

Firehouse Birthday

 

To support a select group of local community organizations, the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District offers FIREHOUSE BIRTHDAY PARTIES as fundraiser donations. Those organizations in 2015 were – Zephyr Cove Parents Club, Tahoe-Douglas Rotary, Soroptimist International Tahoe of Sierra, Soroptimist International South Lake Tahoe and Live Violence Free.

FIREHOUSE BIRTHDAY PARTIES are for 10-12 children, and are best for 8-12 year olds. As part of the party package TDFPD provides a firehouse tour, fire extinguisher training, firefighter games, fire apparatus awareness, fire safety education and lunch/dinner.

In October, Walker celebrated his 5th birthday with family and friends at Station 23. His party was purchased at the Soroptimist International Tahoe of Sierra 25th Elegant Evening event in April.   We have TDFPD firefighters today, who had FIREHOUSE BIRTHDAY PARTIES like this as a child – is there a future firefighter in your life?

 

 

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20
Oct

Senior Health Fair

Firefighter/Paramedics Kelly Pettit and Chris Wade were on hand at the Douglas County Senior Health Fair at the Kahle Recreation Center this month.  Pettit, a seasoned veteran, teaches CPR and AED classes, ask about her upcoming schedule at the desk at Kahle.  Wade, is our newest firefighter at TDFPD, and joined the team with over 14 years of experience as a paramedic from REMSA.  Look at those smiles...they love what they do!

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20
Oct

Promotional Announcement

Ryan Sanders started his career at TDFPD in 2006 as one of the very first employees hired for the Fuels Management program. It was a seasonal position and Sanders returned every year there after advancing from a crew member to a squad leader in 2009. In 2010 he was accepted into paramedic school with REMSA and was awarded a TDFPD scholarship for the program.   He continued to work part-time with the Zephyr Crew as much as his school schedule would permit, and was promoted to the position of full-time firefighter/paramedic in 2013. Sanders just completed an engineer program which included a task book, written exams, arduous skills testing and an interview to earn a promotion to Engineer. Sanders is a second generation firefighter as his father, Glenn Sanders, retired from TDFPD as an Engineer after a 34 year career with the fire district.

Sanders and his wife Krysi are the proud parents of a baby boy, Sawyer. Congratulations to Engineer Sanders on his promotion and fatherhood!

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20
Oct

Assistant Chief Tim Allison Retires

Twenty years to the day after he was hired, Assistant Chief Tim Allison celebrated his retirement. After serving in the USAF, traveling the state as a Nevada Highway Patrol State Trooper, owning his own business and working as a seasonal firefighter/paramedic at NLTFPD, Allison joined the TDFPD as a firefighter/paramedic recruit on October 16, 1995. In 2000, Allison earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science (Summa Cum Laude) and promoted to Engineer in 2005. He advanced to the rank of Captain in 2006 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration (Summa Cum Laude) in 2009. Allison continued to advance to Battalion/EMS Chief 2012 and Assistant Chief 2015. Allison’s leadership was evident early on, when he researched, drafted and implemented the first fire district EMS policies and procedures. He was involved with the recruitment and selection of the fire district’s first medical director; and throughout his career remained active with EMS training and updating protocols to keep our paramedics at the forefront of patient care.

He was elected by his peers to serve on the Negotiations Committee, and as Vice-President and President of IAFF Local 2441. Also, under his guidance, the TDFPD was awarded the designation of a Heart Safe Community by the Nevada Project Heart Beat acknowledging our CPR and AED training programs and AED placements in our fire district.

Chief Allison served the fire district and the Lake Tahoe community well in his career overseeing the hiring, training and assessment of a entire generation of highly skilled and compassionate firefighter/paramedics. Thank you Chief Allison, enjoy the next chapter!

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08
Oct

Douglas County Flu Vaccinations

Tahoe Douglas Fire and Kahle Community Center will be offering flu vaccinations for Douglas County residents. Most private insurances, Medicaid and Medicare are accepted OR payment of $25 per shot. The dates are:

  • Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 1:30pm - 4:30pm at Station 23-193 Elks Point Rd., Zephyr Cove, NV
  • Monday, October 19, 2015 from 8:00am-12:00pm at Kahle Community Center-236 Kingsbury Grade, Stateline, NV.

Flu season is right around the corner so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity!

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08
Oct

1st Annual Tahoe-Douglas Senior Health Fair

This first annual event will be held on Monday, October 19, 2015 from 8am-12pm at the Kahle Community Center Gym-236 Kingsbury Grade, Stateline, NV. This event is free for all Douglas County seniors! Multiple vendors will be available to answer questions, and provide limited health services for free or at a low cost. 

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