February 23, 2017
Media Contact: Eric Guevin, Fire Marshal/Public Information Officer
The Tahoe Douglas FPD is pleased to announce the promotion of Captain Ralph Jones to the position of Battalion Chief. Jones has been in the fire service for over 30 years and is an accomplished and respected peer.
Chief Jones has been married to his wife Julia for 37 years, and has 3 daughters, 3 sons, and 5 grandchildren. He resides in Minden, where his service started as a volunteer firefighter in 1984.
Chief Jones has served the residents of the Tahoe Douglas FPD for 17 years. He was hired as a Firefighter/Paramedic in July 1999; his prior fire service was with the East Fork FPD. Chief Jones has promoted up the ranks to Battalion Chief. In this capacity, he will oversee the daily operations for C-Shift and be responsible for the Training Division and Special Services, including Hazardous Materials, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, and Water Rescue.
Chief Jones has an Associate's of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Technology, is a Certified Company Officer, is an Emergency Medical Technician II, and is a Hazardous Materials Technician on the Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad. Jones is experienced in Fire Investigation and Interview, Advanced Explosive Investigation, Large Vehicle Bomb Investigation, and Homemade Explosives Disposal.
Chief Jones has served as Local 2441 Union President, assisted in establishing department policies, and is involved in the district radio communications program.
Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District is an "all risk" department providing fire prevention, fire suppression, advanced life support, explosive ordnance disposal, forest fuels management, and emergency rescue. The dedicated professionals respond to approximately 2,000 emergency calls annually. The Fire District currently holds an ISO rating 3/3Y.