5 years of service for captain morgan
Will Morgan grew up around the fire station with his father, Steve, who retired as an Operator with Carson City Fire in 2015. Will began his career with the Zephyr Crew in 2008 after graduating from Douglas High School, which was the year the community approved a tax referendum to allocate funds for thirty years to support fuels reduction in our fire district. As a Zephyr Crew wildland firefighter, he mastered the Sawyer position and was responsible for chainsaw repairs/replacement. He enrolled in the TMCC Fire Academy in 2008 during the off season and was selected as Academy Class Leader. By 2012, he had acquired his AA in Fire Science Technology, completed the REMSA Paramedic Program on a TDFPD scholarship, and was gaining valuable experience with North Lyon Fire Protection District as a reserve, Northstar at Tahoe as ski patrol, and REMSA as a paramedic. Morgan returned to Tahoe Douglas Fire in that year in a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic position. Immediately following his probationary year, he served as a preceptor for new paramedics, began training as a communication technician (radios), and set his sights on the Engineer rank. He ultimately tested #1 on the Engineer test. Determination and commitment earned him the Engineer shield in 2013, and perhaps on the shortest track in TDFPD history, he became a Captain in 2016. He continues to expand his skills as a certified water rescue and rope technician. Pictured here with Chief Scott Baker, Morgan is congratulated for his five years of service.
2017 ZEPHYR FIRE CREW - COMMUNITY WORK DAYS
The 5th annual Community Work Days program has wrapped up for the season. Thank you to our homeowners who got out and took advantage of the Zephyr Crew resources to help complete their defensible space. The response was so positive that several of the neighborhoods were expanded to two work days this year.
If you missed the work days, consultations on defensible space, residential chipping, and residential pile burning and wood shake roof options are available at no cost to homeowners in the fire district. Evaluators are TRPA certified to mark and permit hazard trees for removal. Call our office at 775-588-3591 to schedule a Defensible Space Evaluation appointment.
The Fire District welcomes Brent Tajkowski as our newest employee. Tajkowski has an Associate's degree in Paramedic Technology and a Bachelor's degree in Fire Science from Lake Superior State University in Michigan. He attended St. Louis County Fire Academy in Missouri and has served as a Firefighter/Paramedic with Alpena Fire Department in Michigan, St. Louis County Fire in Missouri, and most recently as a paramedic with Cal-Tahoe Emergency Services Operations Authority in South Lake Tahoe. We are very excited to be adding another experienced FF/P to our seasoned crew and are happy to welcome Brent into the Tahoe Douglas Fire family.