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Congratulations to Kevin Green on his recent promotion from Engineer to the rank of Captain. Great work Captain Green!

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Tahoe Douglas district residents may submit applications for grant funding to assist with completing their defensible space work such as tree removal. Funds are limited and will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. APPLY TODAY!

To be eligible for grant funding you must:

• Schedule a full defensible space evaluation completed by a TDFPD evaluator.

• Complete the defensible space application form (downloaded online at http://www.tahoefire.org/fuels-management/defensible-space or picked up at our administrative office located at Station #23 - 193 Elks Point Road, Zephyr Cove, NV.

• Attach a contractor’s estimate with your application and return by: Fax - 775-588-3046, E-mail - jpickett@tahoefire.com or In person - 193 Elks Point Road, Zephyr Cove, NV

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2nd and 3rd Graders Learn Outdoor Safety

TDFPD hosted an Outdoor Safety Class for the 2nd and 3rd grade students at ZCES. They learned about Hiker Safety and the proper way to put out a campfire from USFS firefighters.


CALSTAR provided helicopter orientation and backcountry rescue information at the TDFPD Outdoor Safety Class for the 2nd and 3rd grade students at ZCES.


ZCES students learned what to wear, what to pack and how to be more safe while enjoying the summer activities from TDFPD firefighters and Fire Prevention personnel. 


USFS educated our young residents on wildfire suppression and equipment giving the ZCES students an opportunity to get hands on with the fire hose.

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Fire Board Trustee Honored

Fire Chief Ben Sharit presented a Distinguished Service Award to local resident Ann Grant in appreciation and recognition of her years of service as a Fire Board Trustee and as a pioneer in community based wildfire prevention. Grant has served as a fire board member for the past four years as a Trustee, Vice- Chair and Chair.

She formed Skyland Fire Safe Chapter which was one of the first Fire Safe Chapters in the Lake Tahoe Basin, going on to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Nevada Fire Safe Council 2005-2012. In 2008, Grant served as Vice Chairman for the Citizens for a Fire Safe Community which created sustained funding for the fire districts wildland fire prevention programs. She has volunteered endless hours performing committee work for Nevada State Wildfire Awareness Week, Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Week, Nevada State Wildland Urban Interface Fire Summit and Tahoe Basin Wildland Urban Interface Fire Summit.

Grant has also been recognized by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Association of State Foresters and the National Fire Protection Association. She will be the first recipient of the Wildfire Mitigation Pioneer Award. “This goes to speak of her continuous dedication to the community, not only in Tahoe Douglas, but throughout the region. She has attended local meetings, as well as, meetings throughout the state to make sure wildfire mitigation carries on,” said former Assistant Chief Mark Novak.

Grant will be receiving the Wildfire Mitigation Pioneer Award on March 25, 2015 at the Peppermill Casino.

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 2000 emergency calls annually. The Fire District currently holds an ISO rating 3/3Y.

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2015 Blood Drives

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District is committed to making blood donations easy for our residents.  

May 19, 2015  
12:00pm - 5:15pm

July 21, 2015  
12:00pm - 5:15pm

September 5, 2015  
12:00pm - 5:15pm

November 10, 2015  
12:00pm - 5:15pm

Located at Tahoe Douglas Fire Station 23, 193 Elks Point Road, Zephyr Cove.  Call 775-588-3591 for an appointment or, visit www.unitedbloodservices.org to book it yourself!

Our blood drives are scheduled every 56+ days, so you don't have to count the days between donating.  Waiting periods between donations are White Cells (56 days), double red cells (112 days).

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Written by: John Pickett, Forester, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District

IMG_1668Creating defensible space has been proven to reduce the chance a home will ignite during a wildland fire. Yet many residents do not complete work on their own property even when exposed to consistent education and outreach campaigns.  The reasons many homeowners do not create defensible space are numerous but include cost, difficulty of disposing of material and in many cases simple fatalism.  Many homeowners state that there is no reason to complete defensible space work if their neighbor hasn’t also done the work because their house is just going to burn anyway.

Beginning in 2013, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District began a Community Work Days program to address the barriers to creating defensible space, such as cost, slash disposal and fuel loading on undeveloped lots that sit in many Lake Tahoe communities.  The Tahoe Douglas Fire District is composed of eight regions with each region having one Saturday a year designated as its Community Work Day.  During a Community Work Day, the Fire District’s Zephyr Fire Crew drives each street in the designated region and does general brush clearing or small tree removal for homeowners who flag them down.  A separate squad drives each road in the community chipping any piles of brush, limbs or small trees that homeowners pile beside the road.  A third squad completes a defensible space prescription on one of the many undeveloped parcels intermixed throughout the community.

The program helps motivate people to work on their properties during the Community Work Day by supporting them when they lack the tools or skills.  Many homeowners have the tools to do basic yard work, but lack the chain saws or pole saws necessary to cut native brush or small trees. Additionally, homeowners have been especially appreciative of the fuel reduction work that has been completed on the undeveloped lots during the Community Work Day.


The Fire District’s Zephyr Fire Crew lending a hand on one of their Community Work Days

The Fire District’s Zephyr Fire Crew lending a hand on one of their Community Work Days

The Tahoe Douglas Fire District is trying to design the most efficient system for managing the time spent on one parcel while delivering services to all of the people who request assistance.  If homeowner’s call prior to the Community Work Day then the Fire District’s defensible space inspector can evaluate the property and estimate the time commitment to complete the work.  If, however, the resident flags down the Zephyr Crew, which is encouraged, the Fire District have to help manage the resident’s expectations for what can be accomplished that day, versus hiring a professional landscaper or arborist to do the work.

Funding for the program is being provided by the Fire Safe Community Fund, an ad valorem tax passed by the voters in the Fire District in 2008 for community fuels reduction. The program is in its infancy, however initial indications are that the program is being well received by the community and the Fire District is committed to maintaining the program for future years and working out the details of how to best manage the program.

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Welcome to the new www.TahoeFire.org

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District is pleased to welcome you to our new online home with the launch of our new website Spring 2015.  The new site represents the evolving need for online tools and information, allowing us to vastly expand our content and ability to deliver online information across all modern desktop and mobile platforms.

Among the new site’s key features:

  • Expanded District information, with improved navigation and organization.  
  • Responsive design is compatible and optimized to work with all internet enabled devices, from smart-phones to iPads to large screen desktop browsers.
  • Email newsletter integration allows us to keep district residents and visitors informed in a more timely manner.
  • Fire officials may update the site in "real-time" from the field, eventually adding the ability to share important information instantly when disaster or breaking events occur.

The new web site was built using a state-of-the art, secure content management system, making updates exceptionally easy, even while mobile.

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