The Zephyr Fire Crew was established in 2008 and is partially funded by the Fire Safe Community Fund. The Zephyr crew is a Type 2 Initial Attack hand crew that is trained to respond to a variety of incidents, but primarily responds to wildland fires. Currently the crew is staffed with 30 personnel and employs a full time Superintendent and one full time Crew Foreman.
The Zephyr Crew’s primary mission is hazardous fuels reduction in the Tahoe Douglas Fire District. This work may entail thinning of timber, woodlands, or shrubs with chainsaws, utilizing prescribed fire to reduce fuels, piling and chipping of slash, monitoring pre- and post-fire effects, and fire suppression. The Zephyr Crew is skilled in the use of a variety of hand tools and chainsaws.