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Tahoe Douglas Fire News

THIS WEEK AT THE FIRE DISTRICT

PROMOTION - NORWOOD

norwoodCongratulations to Mark Norwood who has been promoted to Engineer.   In 2013, the Fire District applied for and was awarded a SAFER Grant for $2,700,000 over a two year period to maintain staffing and skills levels in the midst of retirements.  Norwood, already an experienced firefighter/paramedic, joined TDFPD as part of this SAFER recruitment class, which was the largest single hiring event in District history with thirteen new employees.  As a paramedic, Norwood managed emergency scenes and directed the efforts of his fellow first responders.  Because of his work ethic and job knowledge, he served as a Paramedic Preceptor to mentor new hires through their paramedic skills testing requirements and prepare them to perform promptly, accurately, and compassionately on the job.

>Norwood is a member of the Quad County Hazardous Materials team, and has assisted with developing and implementing the HazMat First Responder Operations (FRO) training for the District and recently became the program lead.  Engineer Norwood serves as a rope rescue and a child passenger car seat technician.   He is certified as an American Heart Association ACLS, PALS, and CPR instructor and has been active in providing courses for his peers as well as the public.  He also possesses a large selection of wildland qualifications including: Engine Boss, Dozer Boss, Communications Technician, Communications Unit Leader, Faller Class B (trainee), and Wildfire Fire Investigator (trainee). 

Engineer Norwood has AA degrees in Electronic Technology and Fire Science and is currently working on his a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science Administration.  He has served as an Acting Engineer since 2015 and has now secured the position as a permanent rank.

ASH CAN PROGRAM

The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District has partnered with Kingsbury Hardware again to provide ash cans to the homeowners of the Fire District for the safe disposal of hot ashes. This program is available free of charge to residents of the Fire District who use a wood burning appliance to heat their homes.

To obtain a free ash can, homeowners can visit www.tahoefire.org under Prevention/Burning Regulations and print out an Ash Can Voucher located at the bottom of the page. Vouchers are also available at Station 23 in Round Hill across from Safeway. Completed vouchers can be exchanged for an ash can at Kingsbury Hardware while supplies last.

Full ash cans can be dumped at TDFPD Station #23, 193 Elks Point Road, Zephyr Cove, in the rear parking lot in a bright red dumpster.

PROTECTING AND SERVING WITH PRIDE

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