July 21, 2016
Media Contact: Eric Guevin, Fire Marshal/Public Information Officer
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.