As you may know, the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District serves the east shore of Lake Tahoe in Douglas County from the top of Kingsbury Grade to the Stateline casino core, and then to the top of Spooner Summit. Though our agency is at the lake, we are invested in the Douglas High School graduating class of 2019.
Many of our employees and our retirees reside in the valley and have raised their families there. We are particularly proud of the fact that every fire season, over one-third of our 30+ wildland fire crew members have been Douglas High School graduates.
As an agency, we raise funds every Labor Day at a pancake breakfast to support local students in their quest for higher education, and in particular in the field of public service.
Our Community Service - The Protection of Lives and Property scholarship is open to candidates who will be pursuing an education in a field of public service. We hope to inspire our graduates to serve in the healthcare, public safety administration, fire service, or law enforcement fields to give back to the communities they will live in.
Since the inception of our fuels management/wildland firefighter program in 2008, we have awarded paramedic school scholarships averaging $10,000 per year to Zephyr Crew members. With the success of our pancake breakfasts, we have now been able to increase our high school scholarships to $500 each for each of the Douglas County schools, thus bringing our scholarship donations to close to $120,000 in the past decade.
This year's recipient of the Community Service - The Protection of Lives and Property scholarship is Alexa Moss, daughter of Kerri and Todd Moss. In the fall, Alexa will be attending California State University, Sacramento to play Division I soccer and to become a nurse for pediatric oncology. Congratulations, Alexa!