Tahoe Douglas Fire News
Five Year Service Milestones - Fine, Reddig, and Vandover
Tahoe local Kyle Fine (Center with son, Cash) considers it a privilege and an honor to serve and protect the beautiful basin where he grew up. Engineer Fine graduated from Incline High School, earned his AA in Fire Science Technology at TMCC, completed Cal Fire Wildland Academy and Northern Nevada Fire Rescue Academy, and graduated from the REMSA paramedic program. In 2012, he was hired as a firefighter/paramedic for TDFPD and promoted to Engineer in 2015. He possesses an exceptional mechanical aptitude and has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to stay calm and act decisively in hectic emergency situations. Fine has embraced his responsibilities as an Engineer and stepped up to keep maintenance and repairs running smoothly when a medical situation sidelined our mechanic. He was part of the apparatus team that reviewed the specs for a new fire engine that was just put into service this fire season. The committee spent hours reviewing our current equipment, other agency equipment, and new design options available from the manufacturer. The committee was also responsible for inspecting the engine periodically during the build. It gives him tremendous pride to be able to drive the engine he helped design and bring into service.
As a Field Training Officer (FTO) at the Regional Fire Academy, Engineer Justin Reddig (right) is guiding the knowledge and skill development of the next generation of firefighters. Currently assigned to an intense ten-week fire academy, Reddig coordinates with FTO's from six other agencies to review curriculum, conduct physical conditioning, set up situations for skill testing, and prepare recruits for a broad field of training topics. He brings ten years of experience as a firefighter/paramedic and engineer to this position, and this is Engineer Reddig's third assignment as a FTO. Reddig began his career with the U.S. Forest Service as a wildland firefighter/EMT. He volunteered with Storey County as a reserve firefighter, and after completing the TMCC paramedic program in 2007, he was promoted to a full-time position. Reddig joined TDFPD in 2012, successfully working through his probationary year, then earning designations as a paramedic preceptor and dozer boss, and promoting to Engineer in 2015.
Scott Vandover (left) came to TDFPD in 2012 as a highly skilled and knowledgeable paramedic having been involved in emergency services since 2005. This experience earned him the responsibility of acting as a paramedic preceptor while still on probation as a TDFPD firefighter/paramedic. Vandover has actively participated in creating a program and standard for EMT-Advanced firefighters and updating TDFPD medical protocols as needed. His instructor skills have been utilized to develop, administer, and evaluate testing scenarios for lateral testing of candidates. He also served as part of the team to launch a new Continuing Quality Improvement (CQI) process, which made substantial improvements in our medical care and charting. Firefighter/Paramedic Vandover represents Local 2441 on the Insurance Advisory Committee, Negotiating Committee, and the Post-Retirement Trust Board. He graduated from the Northern Nevada Fire and Rescue Academy and earned his EMT-Basic and Paramedic certifications as well as an AA in Fire Science from TMCC. Staying current on the ever-changing advancements in patient care is a high priority for Vandover, and he is constantly pushing himself and his crew forward.
We are proud to acknowledge their dedication and commitment to the residents and visitors of the fire district over the past five years.