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COMMUNITY SERVICE OUTSIDE TDFPD

Firefighter/Paramedic Derrick Bean recently deployed to Indonesia on a humanitarian aid mission with Reach Out Worldwide, a non-profit disaster relief organization founded by the late actor Paul Walker. Derrick was part of a team that consisted of a doctor, paramedics, firefighters, and an urban search and rescue tech tasked to provide quick-response medical care for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Palu, Indonesia on September 28th, 2018. The region was struck by a maginitude 7.5 earthquake, subsequently triggering a tsunami that has caused widespread devastation. Coupled also with entire neighborhoods lost to liquefaction and landslides, the death toll has reached up to almost 2,000 people with thousands still missing. The team spent 4 days providing medical care to remote villages that were cut off from local aid groups and distributed much-needed water filtration systems. 

TDFPD appreciates Derrick and his team's commitment and service, and we are proud to have members of our organization, like Derrick, who are willing to selflessly provide medical aid and other services to those in such desperate need. 
 
Photo credits: Cammie Cooley and Derrick Bean
 
 
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2018 ASH CAN PROGRAM

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2018 FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, and we are encouraging people to "Look. Listen. Learn." Check out this press release to find out what this year's campaign is all about.

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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL DAY

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MCDONALD PROMOTED TO ENGINEER

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Tahoe Douglas Fire is pleased to announce the promotion of Firefighter/Paramedic Jesse McDonald to the position of Engineer.

Before settling into a career in the fire service, Jesse spent time as a life guard, a construction laborer, a dental technician/manager, and a custom shipping crate builder. He received his paramedic certification in 2011 from REMSA, where he gained field experience until he joined TDFPD in 2013. He earned preceptor status while still on probation and helped others in his SAFER hire group grow in skill and confidence as paramedics. He has also served as a valued member of the EMS Steering Committee and as the CQI Coordinator for B-Shift, again contributing to development and competency levels of our paramedics. Jesse completed engineer academies in 2015 & 2017 in preparation for this promotion. McDonald has earned his AA degree in Fire Science at TMCC and is working on a BS in emergency management.

Congratulations, Engineer McDonald. 

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JOHNSON PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN

njTahoe Douglas Fire is pleased to announce the promotion of Engineer Nathan Johnson to the position of Captain.

Nathan started his career in 1995 in Michigan, and upon his relocation to Reno, gained skill and knowledge as a paramedic for 10 years at REMSA.  In 2007, he became a firefighter/paramedic with Storey County Fire and joined TDFPD in 2010, quickly becoming an EMS preceptor, a CQI representative, and earning his certification as a Critical Care Paramedic.  With Tahoe Douglas, he built on those strong medical skills by becoming a rope rescue technician (2012), confined space rescue technician (2013), hazardous materials technician (2013), and an explosive ordinance disposal technician (2014).

His personal interests in water/watercraft led him to develop a sustainable water rescue proposal which, when approved, halted the possible sale of equipment.  Nathan then went on to implement improved training and to recommend the purchase of additional water rescue equipment which made the existing assets more viable to the District. Then in 2017, he was a vital member of the fire boat group which committed countless hours to recommend the best and safest design features for a new fire boat, draft related procedures and training, and educate his fellow firefighters on boat operations.

He has also served as Local 2441 Negotiation Chair and President and a member of our Color Guard. 

Captain Johnson has a BS from American Military University in Emergency Management, and is currently working towards a master's degree in Homeland Security from Pennsylvania State University.

Congratulations, Captain Johnson.

 

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TAHOE DOUGLAS COMMUNITY SAVING LIVES WITH BLOOD DRIVES

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2018 Pancake Breakfast

Check out last year's Pancake Breakfast in this video and join us this Saturday, September 1 for this year's Pancake Breakfast - lots of activities and fun for the whole family!

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2018 PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Please join us for our Annual Pancake Breakfast!

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JOB OPENING - FIRE PREVENTION SPECIALIST

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Community Service Outside TDFPD

TDFPD Captain Andy Isenberg and his wife, Jasper, who teaches science, anatomy and physiology, honors biology, and AP environmental science joined TDFPD Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Pruitt, high school students, and chaperones, on a recent trip to Costa Rica to experience the beautiful environment and culture for ten days. During the trip, 26 students from the Academy of Arts, Career and Technology in Reno hiked through the rain forest, zip lined through the cloud forest, swam in the ocean, scouted sloths and other wildlife, learned about the culture, and experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity. The tour group, WorldStrides, creates authentic travel opportunities for students to experience everything that a country has to offer, and the students earn three college credits through the University of San Diego for the experience.   

Captain Isenberg and Jasper have already committed to their next chaperoning adventure for Spring break 2019 in Iceland. TDFPD appreciates their commitment, mentorship, and guidance in these experiences for our local students and future leaders.

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2018 Community Work Days Schedule

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Governor's Proclamation - Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Month

LAKE TAHOE BASIN WILDFIRE AWARENESS MONTH - JUNE 2018

Prepare now - wildfire knows no season!

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2018 Defensible Space Programs

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YARD WASTE REMOVAL OPTIONS

Is yard work on your schedule this weekend? Here are some options for discarding the pine needles and pine cones from this winter.

South Tahoe Refuse will pick up six 32 gallon bags of yard waste from May 22-24 for Nevada customers on your regularly scheduled pick up day.

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Spring open burning should be open in the next month. A notice will appear here on this site.

Compost Your Combustibles for free dumping of yard waste at the Heavenly Lower Stagecoach Lodge parking lot will be open from May 25-July 8 (please note the change in location - please do not leave yard waste at the Boulder parking lot).

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Curbside chipping will be available from the Zephyr Crew after May 23. Community Work Days will also be returning this summer. Watch this site for more information on dates and locations.

Visit http://tahoefire.org/wildland-fire-division or www.livingwithfire.info/tahoe for information on defensible space and fuels reduction.

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Request for Proposal - Motorola Radios

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Promotions - Prather and Robidart

Promotion – Prather

pratherEngineer Steve Prather has been promoted to the position of Captain.

Steve has been instrumental in updating the Engineer manual, and has organized, assisted, and instructed two fire academy programs.  As an Engineer, Steve took the lead on the driving and pre-trip portions of the Engineer exam and obtained “third party certifier” status with the NV DMV for testing personnel. He has actively been involved with creating the Probationary Firefighter and Engineer taskbooks, thus improving the consistency and quality of probationary and promotional applicants. He has served as an Acting Captain since 2013 and worked diligently on the District’s overtime tracking system.

Steve graduated from Douglas High School, attended classes at UNR and TMCC; began his career with the City of Upland as a firefighter technician, and joined the District in 2006.  Steve has an AA in Fire Science from Mt. San Antonio College, obtained his paramedic certification from Crafton Hills College, and has a BA in Disaster and Emergency Management.

Captain Prather will be assigned to C-Shift.

 Promotion – Robidart

robidartFirefighter/Paramedic Nick Robidart has been promoted to rank of Engineer, to fill the opening left by Captain Prather.

Nick was hired at Tahoe Douglas FPD in 2013 as a member of the first SAFER grant award, a class of thirteen new hires.  He has represented Tahoe Douglas FPD in the region as a single resource and as part of a strike team on numerous wildland fire assignments in the past five years.   He has also been active with public education programs in the district and has been working towards his AA in Fire Science.  Since the beginning of his employment with TDFPD, Nick has volunteered to assist in every promotional exam for the ranks of Engineer and Captain. These extra assignments gave him insight as to the expectations and desired skill levels that must be demonstrated for promotions.

Nick has a BA in International Relations from UC Santa Barbara with Spanish as a second language. He completed his EMT-B training at LTCC and attended NCTI of Roseville for paramedic school, ranking third in his class.

Engineer Robidart will be assigned to A-Shift. 

Congratulations Captain Prather and Engineer Robidart.

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Promotion - Battalion Chief

cranchCaptain Bryce Cranch has been promoted to the position of Battalion Chief, filling the vacancy left by retiring BC, Rich Nalder.

Bryce has been with the District for 13 years, promoting through the ranks of Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer, and Captain. He has built experience by serving on special projects like the engine design team, working closely with our vendor and mechanic negotiating features, pricing, and delivery of the engine ahead of schedule and under budget. He has also been active with the EMS program as a paramedic preceptor and instructor, proctoring skills tests and streamlining our continuing education process.

Under his leadership, the District public education program has expanded with partner agencies and developed an excellent working relationship with our educators. With this responsibility, Bryce proved he can serve effectively in virtually any public education event. In 2011, Bryce's professionalism, compassion, and dedication to this community were acknowledged by the Tahoe-Douglas Rotary through their Community Hero Award.

In 2013, Bryce served as a Training Captain, which is a position designed to aid in coordinating the training efforts for 12 firefighters who were hired through SAFER grant funding. Bryce was placed in a leadership role at the Regional Fire Academy, responsible for the administrative functions of the 29 cadet academy. Following the successful academy, he was tasked with developing a curriculum for TDFPD's first Engineer Academy and Captain Academy that would provide consistent information and training opportunities for our firefighters. He took the lead in the subsequent Engineer and Captain tests developing locations, scenarios, score sheets, drill narratives, and scripts and coordinating resources.

He has developed and maintained excellent inter-agency relationships through his work with the Regional Fire Academy, his involvement with promotional testing at other agencies, and his strike team assignments out of district to aid our neighbors. 

Bryce is committed to teaching and mentoring others, leading by example, and maintaining a positive and professional attitude in even the most challenging, chaotic, and emotional situations.

He has earned a BS in Business Administration from SDSU, attended paramedic school with TMCC, and obtained an AAS in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. As a homeowner in the fire district and an active community volunteer, Bryce has become well known among our resident community.

Chief Cranch has assumed responsibilities for B Shift and the duties of EMS chief. We are proud and honored to serve our community with him.

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Governor's Proclamation - Burn Awareness Week

BURN AWARENESS WEEK - FEBRUARY 4-10, 2018

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2017 Year in Review

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