Until further notice, access to our fire stations, administration office and Station 23 classroom is limited to essential personnel only.
Please call 775-588-3591, in advance to coordinate/plan drop off procedures.
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Get COVID-19 Tested

Help Douglas County Businesses to Open Safely... and Stay Open

THEY NEED OUR HELP! Carson City Health and Human Services is conducting community-based drive-thru COVID-19 testing for Quad-County residents who are asymptomatic (not showing COVID symptoms).

  • Testing is a state requirement to further slow community transmission.
  • Over 400 tests have been completed in Douglas County, however...testing numbers declining - we can do better!

Tests are open to residents in Carson City, Douglas County, Lyon County, and Storey County. 

Tests are FREE and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with no appointments needed. ID is required. 


Sep 11, 2020 | 4pm-6pm
East Fork Fire Station 12
3620 N. Sunridge Drive, Carson City
Sep 24, 2020 | 8am-11am
East Fork Fire Station 12
3620 N. Sunridge Drive, Carson City
The COVID-19 test detects the virus in your system at the time of testing. A negative result does not mean an individual will not contract the virus later or if they have already had the virus. If you were tested, you will receive a call with your results.

To find COVID-19 Testing in Nevada.

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Pancake Breakfast



Labor Day Weekend | Saturday, September 4, 2021

COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of our annual pancake breakfast, but we are resilient, and invite you to block the date for 2021.

This event is a fundraiser for the fire district to provide: 
  • scholarships for local students who are seeking a degree in public service or the medical field;
  • assistance to fire victims; and
  • aid to fighters, recovering from a serious injury or illness, and their families.
TDFPD T-shirts/ hats and historical refurbished fire hydrants that are sold at the annual event are available now. 

Sales by appointment only.  Monday thru Fridays
8 am to 4 pm
Call 775-588-3591

Keep wearing your mask and practicing social distancing; we’ll see you next year!
Black TDFPD T-shirt (Back)
*Limited women's size available
Black TDFPD T-shirt (Front)
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Recreational Fire Restrictions 2020

Recreational Fire Restrictions 2020

- NO -


Only certain types of outdoor fire pits and barbecue grills are allowed on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.
Approved - Gas Fire Pits

LPG or Natural Gas, Portable, and Built-In Gas Fire Pits


  • VIOLATIONS will result in fire extinguishment and possible fines along with court appearances.
  • NO FIRE allowed using wood or charcoal burning.
  • FIRE RESTRICTIONS are in place until further notice.
Approved - Barbeque Grills

Gas, Natural Gas, and Pellet BBQ Grills / Smokers


For more information on Red Flag Warnings.

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Keep Tahoe Beautiful



Over 2,300 pounds of trash was removed by volunteers along five Tahoe Beaches in 2019...

Tahoe averages 3.2 million visits a year and tourist traffic is growing.  Heavy use of our beaches, trails, and waterways requires us all to “Pack It In and Pack It Out.”

  • AT THE BEACH: bottle caps, cigarette butts, diapers — you name it and volunteers picked it up. 
  • ON THE TRAIL: keep the wilderness wild and pack out all your trash. 
  • PARKING LOTS:  when picking up food at a restaurant, don't leave trash behind on the ground. STOP littering!

Let's encourage each other to clean up to ensure our lake remains a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy. 

For more information visit https://takecaretahoe.org/
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Employee Promotion Announcement August 2020


Fire Chief Scott Baker Announces Promotions

It is our honor to congratulate Engineer Hamann and  Engineer Vandover on their new positions at Tahoe Douglas Fire.
Kurt Hamann promoted to Engineer

Born and raised in Douglas County, Hamann began his career with TDPFD in 2010 as a member of the Zephyr Crew.  He served as commander of his Lake Tahoe Community College Fire Academy class; in 2013 he was promoted to firefighter and completed REMSA’s Paramedic Program.
Scott Vandover promoted to Engineer

Scott joined TDFPD in 2012, bringing 7 years of experience at REMSA as a preceptor and field training officer with oversight responsibilities for the most inexperienced EMTs and paramedics to teach, guide and mentor their development. As a paramedic, Scott helped refine and advance EMS protocols and was on the paramedic team that launched the Continuing Quality Improvement (CQI) process to consistently review patient care for feedback and training purposes. He is generous with his time and experience and continues to invest in the education and growth of new EMS personnel.  Scott is a member of the Insurance Advisory Committee, Local 2441 Negotiations Committee and the Post-Retirement Trust Board of Trustees.  Engineer Vandover has an AA degree in Fire Science and is working towards a BS degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
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Employee Promotion Announcement July 2020


Fire Chief Scott Baker Announces Promotions

It is our honor to congratulate Chief Brady and Captain Norwood on their new positions at Tahoe Douglas Fire.
Brandon Brady promoted to Battalion Chief
(photo: pinned by his daughter, Arie)

Brandon a 14-year employee of TDFPD, was recently promoted to Battalion Chief.  Brady has worked his way up through the ranks, served as a lead for rope rescue and extrication programs, and instructed for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), wildland and fireboat programs. Chief Brady is also a member of the Quad County Hazmat team and serves with the Honor Guard. He has held numerous positions with Local 2441 of the International Fire Fighters Association including health and safety committee and union president. He has been an active member of the regional Critical Incident Stress Management team and serves as a liaison with the Northern Nevada Peer Support Network promoting first responder wellness. Brady has two AA degrees in Fire Science Technology with an emphasis in wildland, a BS degree in Management, and a Masters degree in Emergency Management. Chief Brady has assumed responsibilities for B-Shift and the EMS program.
Mark Norwood promoted to Captain

Mark joined TDFPD in 2013, as a firefighter/paramedic, after quickly demonstrating his EMS skills he was placed as an EMS Preceptor mentoring and monitoring new medics.  He is a member of the Quad County Haz-Mat team, Honor Guard, and served as an EMS instructor.  Captain Norwood also holds certifications for Engine Boss, Dozer Boss, Communications Technician (trainee), and Unit Leader and Wildland Fire Investigation (trainee). Norwood currently serves as the lead for the radio communications program and secretary/treasurer for Local 2441.  Norwood has an AA degree in Electronic Engineering and a BS degree in Fire Administration.
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Home Retrofit Public Workshop

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What is home hardening?

One of the most effective ways residents can prepare their homes is by implementing home hardening techniques and maintaining effective defensible space.
To help residents learn how to harden their homes, the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities, in collaboration with the University of Nevada and California Cooperative Extensions and CAL FIRE, is hosting a free virtual workshop on July 28th from 5:30-7 p.m. PST. The workshop is free and open to the public, but attendees must pre-register using the link below.
Date: July 28, 2020, | 5:30-7:00 p.m. PST

Workshop presenters include University of California Cooperative Extension Advisor Emeritus and retired Chief Scientist for Wildfire and Durability for Business & Home Safety Research Center, Dr. Steve Quarles; Forestry Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra and registered professional forester, Susie Kocher; and Assistant Professor and Natural Resources Specialist with University of Nevada, Reno Extension and the Director of the Living With Fire Program, Christina Restaino. 

 Dr. Steve Quarles describes the importance of home hardening stating, “Post-wildfire assessments have shown that more than 60% of home ignitions are the result of wind-blown embers. The chance of home ignitions can be greatly reduced if residents create and maintain an effective defensible space on their property and take steps to harden their homes to make them more resistant to embers.”

Taking steps now to harden your home against embers will increase the survivability of your home during a wildfire. Learn more about preparing for wildfire at tahoelivingwithfire.com.

About the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team

 The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, CAL FIRE, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, University of California and Nevada Cooperative Extensions, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the USDA Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our Mission is to protect lives, property, and the environment within the Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and engaging the public in becoming a Fire Adapted Community. For more information, visit tahoelivingwithfire.com.


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Blood Drive July 2020

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APPOINTMENTS are *highly* recommended for this event.
Schedule Now

Vitalant will test all successful blood donations for antibodies to
SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The COVID-19 antibody test, authorized by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to
the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus, regardless of whether they ever had symptoms.
COVID-19 antibody testing will be performed in addition to the standard
infectious disease testing all blood donations undergo.
Results will be available in 2-3 weeks.


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Fight Fire with a Plan


Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness
Month - July 2020

This month, we encourage residents and visitors to prepare your family, property, and possessions now before a wildfire starts by creating a plan.
Some ways to plan include:

  • Develop a family evacuation plan.
  • Assemble a "Go-bag" and a disaster supply kit for your home and vehicle.
  • Create and maintain defensible space around your homes.
  • Sign up for emergency notifications for residents and visitors and stay informed.
  • Reduce the threat of wildfire by learning about embers and how to harden your home. Attend the free virtual Tahoe Home Retrofit Workshop detailed below.

July 28, 2020 | Zoom Tahoe Home Retrofit Workshop

  • Pre-register for the workshop: bit.ly/TahoeRetrofit
  • This workshop is free to the public, but attendees must pre-register. 

To learn more about how to prepare for wildfire, visit tahoelivingwithfire.com

About the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team
The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, CAL FIRE, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, University of California and Nevada Cooperative Extensions, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the USDA Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our Mission is to protect lives, property and the environment within the Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and engaging the public in becoming a Fire Adapted Community.
For more information, visit tahoelivingwithfire.com
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Happy July 4th - No Fireworks


- NO -


All official fireworks shows have been cancelled throughout the Tahoe Basin. It is unlawful to possess or discharge fireworks in the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District as per Douglas County code Section 8.16.040 (Ord. 1356, 2012) and 2004 Nevada State Fire Marshal Regulations NAC 477.

To minimize the risk of wildfire, TDFPD personnel will be patrolling
the fire district and issuing citations for the unlawful use of
fireworks throughout the weekend.

Visitors are reminded to do their part to help prevent wildfires. All fireworks are illegal in the Tahoe Basin, including sparklers and firecrackers. Fireworks are never allowed on National Forest System lands, so be sure to leave the illegal fireworks at home. If you see something, say something by reporting to 911 immediately and help us keep our communities safe from wildfire.
For more information State Laws on Fireworks.
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Blood Drive June 2020 - Relocation to Kahle Community Center

Blood Drive 6.30.20 Kahle Community Center Relocation

For more information visit vitalant.org

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Red Flag Warning

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Today's Red Flag Warnings


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Keep Practicing Responsible Recreational Activities

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Learn more and visit TakeCareTahoe.org

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Wilder Than Wild Screening

Wilder than Wild: Free Virtual Screening 

Tahoe Douglas Fire encourages to the Tahoe communities to participate in this
free virtual screening of Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future.

The Tahoe Network recognizes the importance of building community
awareness about mitigation strategies in this new age of wildfire and strives to
prepare people and property for wildfire by coordinating efforts on a neighborhood scale.

"Unfortunately, living in a forest-like we do in Tahoe means living with the threat of catastrophic wildfire," said Tahoe Fund CEO Amy Berry. "We are so excited to make this terrific film available for everyone to watch for free to learn more about the history of wildfire. It is definitely worth an hour of your time."

WTW flyer 2020

Watch the film here. | Register for the Q&A panel here.
This event is open to the public and is free thanks
to sponsorship from the Tahoe Fund.

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Practice Responsible Recreation

Practice Responsible Recreation 2020

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Happy Memorial Weekend

Memorial Weekend COVID 19 2020


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Wildfire Preparedness

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What can I do before a fire?

The potential for loss of life and property due to wildfire in the Lake Tahoe Basin
is growing. Residents should learn how to live more safely with the threat of
wildfire. There are proven steps that residents and whole communities can take
before a fire to improve the odds of wildfire survival.

 Take action to improve your home's survivability:

  • REMOVE leaves, pine needles, and other flammable material from the roof, gutters, and under the deck to help prevent embers from igniting your home.
  • SCREEN areas below decks and porches with 1/8" wire mesh to help prevent material from accumulating underneath.
  • COVER exterior attic and soffit vents with 1/8" wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home.
  • ENCLOSE eaves to help prevent ember entry.
  • INSPECT shingles or roof tiles. REPLACE missing shingles or tiles. COVER ends of tiles with bird stops or cement to help prevent ember penetration during a wildfire.

 Tips for landscaping around your home:

  • REMOVE dead vegetation and other flammable materials, especially within the first 5 feet of the home.
  • KEEP your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to help reduce fire intensity.
  • PRUNE tree limbs so the lowest branches are 6 -10 feet above the ground to help reduce the chance of fire getting into the crowns of the trees.
  • MOVE construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least 30 feet away from the home and other outbuildings.
  • DISPOSE of branches, weeds, leaves, pine needles, and grass clipping that you have cut to reduce fuel for fire.

    Increase your wildfire safety! Make low-cost changes to your home and landscape today!

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Stay at Home Until May 15

Social Distancing Continues


Lake Tahoe Basin Community Updates

Forest Service Extends Temporary Closure Order for South Shore Recreation Corridor to May 15

South Shore recreation sites and areas impacted includes:
  • Pope-Baldwin National Recreation Bike Path
  • Pope Beach
  • Camp Richardson Resort
  • Camp Richardson Corral
  • Fallen Leaf Campground/Beach
  • Tallac Historic Site/Beach
  • Kiva Picnic Area/Beach
  • Kiva Beach/Tallac Point
  • Taylor Creek Visitor Center
  • Baldwin Beach

What Nevadan can do to help


Learn more about Nevada Health Response

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Homeowner Resource Guide 2020

Homeowner Resource Guide 2020 Blog

For more information please visit our website tahoefire.org or call 775-588-3591

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What Nevadans Can Do To Help

Battle Born Medical Corps Flyer

Be Prepared, Get Involved Volunteer!

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COVID 19 Hotline Website Blog Post


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Please read this important update regarding Tahoe Douglas Fire District response to COVID-19

At Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District (TDFPD), we are working hard to continue our service delivery through the emerging COVID-19 situation. Our responders are ready to provide care to our residents and visitors by maintaining a healthy workforce and taking important safety precautions in our responses.
We are in constant contact and collaboration with health authority officials and emergency managers. While we remain informed, fully staffed and operationally ready, there are some changes that we would like you to know about in our response.

If you call 9-1-1
In Douglas County, if you call 9-1-1, the call taker may ask a few more questions in addition to the standard questions about your address, phone number and the nature of the emergency. You may be asked if you have symptoms like a fever over 100.4, a cough, difficulty breathing, runny nose or general flu like symptoms. These questions help us prepare our responders to deliver the appropriate care.

When the responders arrive
When our responders arrive, you may notice them wearing additional personal protective equipment including gloves, eye protection or a face shield, an N-95 respirator mask and a gown. They may limit the number of personnel that enter your residence, have you come to the door, or even come outside if possible. You may be asked to wear an isolation mask which may help to reduce potential exposure to the rescuers who will be working in close proximity to you.

COVID 19 Fire Fighters Responding Photo

If an ambulance transport to the hospital is necessary, we will limit the number of people in the ambulance by asking family members or additional passengers to take a separate vehicle. In addition, the paramedics may seal off the patient compartment from the driver compartment inside the ambulance.

Our ambulances are decontaminated after every patient transport using an EPA-approved disinfectant and following a strict procedure. TDFPD has ensured that this disinfectant has a manufacturer’s statement as to its effectiveness against Human Coronavirus.

Use 9-1-1 for Emergencies Only
Please remember that calling 9-1-1 should be reserved for life-threatening emergencies and is should not be used to obtain a COVID-19 test. If it is not a life threatening situation, please use an alternative source of transportation to the hospital to keep ambulances available for the critically ill.

If you are ill and are not experiencing a medical emergency, consider calling the Carson City Health hotline at 775-283-4789 Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm. This is also a great resource to stay informed on developments. You may also get latest updates about our region by visiting Carson City Health and Human Services. These services are available to our residents through our partnership with the quad county health care coalition.

Responder Welfare
It is particularly important that our responders maintain their health and wellness so they can continue to render care to those in need. Please note that we are not able to distribute any masks or PPE items.

Be safe, exercise social distancing and remember that we are all in this together.

Baker Signature
Scott Baker, Fire Chief

COVID 19 Hotline

please visit the following websites for additional information:

Carson City Health and Human Services

Douglas County NV

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Fire Academy Traditions

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District trains recruits at a regional
fire academy where they are taught fire fighting skills.

Recruits are also introduced fire service traditions like the following:

Fire Academy Traditions 2020 Part 1

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Protecting Families from Radon Gas

 Radon Blog 2020 Image

Visit www.doctorhomeair.com for homewoners
to learn more about Radon testing. 

Find More NV Radon Information

Additional Radon Resources available with the National Radon
Proficiency Program click here!


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Tahoe Douglas Fire Graduates Academy 2019


January 24, 2020 --Twenty recruits successfully completed a 14-week regional
fire academy sponsored by Carson City Fire, East Fork Fire, North Lake Tahoe
Fire, Tahoe Douglas Fire. 


Fire Chief Scott Baker addresses the audience, 
the four recruits, and their families.


Recruit Danny Glover is pinned by
his girlfriend Liz. 
 Acad.19.2.grad.140 Chief Baker thanking the regional fire academy training officers with challenge coins.

Fire Board Trustee Ann Grant administers
firefighters oath.


Recruit Peter Keogan is pinned by
his wife Victoria.

Fire Chief Scott Baker addresses the recruits on the topic on the importance of behavioral health throughout their careers.


Assistant Chief Todd Moss and Regional Training Officer, Captain Brian Zabel present
probationary helmets.

Recruit Zeb Jensen was pinned by his wife Kendra. Zeb received a Peer Leadership award from the academy instructors.


Regional Training Officer, Captain Brian Zabel (right) was responsible for guiding the TDFPD recruits to a successful completion of the14 week fire academy.

Engineer Mark Norwood (left) represented TDFPD in the honor guard at the event.


Recruit Spencer Sloat was pinned by
his father Dave.
For his military service, as a United States 
Airforce Pararescue Specialist, Sloat received
the United States flag that was flown every day
at the fire academy training center.

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Text to 911: What You Need To Know

Text to 911

 For more information Click Here! 


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TDFPD New Payment Option

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Blood Drive 01 21 20

For more information visit: tahoefire.org

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TDFPD will accept all major credit card payments!

Point Pay Blog

  • For your convenience, TDFPD will soon be adding debit card and credit card payment options.
  • Online payments for the following items: plan review, VHR re-inspection, merchandise.  
  • Processing will be available on our website as well in person. Watch here for the go-live information!

If you have any questions, please contact Tahoe Douglas Fire at (775) 588-3591.

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Job Posting | Accepting Applications 2020 Zephyr Crew

Zephyr Crew Info Card 2019

Ready to Apply?

Take the next step toward joining our team! Complete your application today.

Apply Now

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Office assistant/fire board secretary


Under close supervision, performs a variety of general clerical duties including typing/word processing, office reception and answering phone; files and performs errands, internally and externally, of an official nature for other office staff. Serves as the first interface with the public during normal business hours and interacts to provide a variety of services as it relates to the fire district.

Experience and Training

Any combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. A typical way to gain the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is:

Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent and six months of general clerical experience performing a variety of office clerical tasks, including the use of a computer; or any combination of training and experience that would demonstrate the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.

Required Certifications and Licenses

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license or alternate means of travel;
  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain Incident Command Systems (ICS) 100 and 700; and
  • CPR certification within six months of hire.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Salary Range: $17.00 an hour to start with annual step increases

Benefit Package:   After wait period full medical, dental, vision for employee and dependents premiums 100% by the fire district. Life and AD&D insurance; and NV PERS retirement also paid 100% by the fire district. NV Deferred Comp and Cafeteria Plan (optional).

Application Period:   Friday, October 8, 2019 to Friday, November 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Application packet must include cover letter, resume, application and Applicant Affirmative Action form.

Applications may be obtained at:     

193 Elks Point Road – Station 23
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448

 or online at: http://www.tahoefire.org/about/employment

Business hours are 0800-1200, 1300-1700; see Mikayla, Carrie or Kate.

Application packets should be emailed to: Kate Warner, Office Manager @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Once the recruitment has been open for ten(10) business days, the fire district reserves the right to close the recruitment process prior to the initially posted deadline if a sufficient number of qualified applications are received. To ensure thorough review of application materials, applicants are encouraged to apply as early in the process as possible after the recruitment is posted.

 The fire district reserves the right to close the application process and not fill the position if a sufficient amount of qualified applications are not provided. The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

Incomplete applications and packets will not be considered; the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District has the right to refuse any/all applications. The recruitment is officially closed when the job announcement is removed from the Tahoefire.org website.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District is an equal opportunity employer. Federal and State laws prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or on the basis of disability.

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