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TDFPD Ash Can Program

 

ASH CAN PROGRAM

Proper Ash Disposal

 

The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District has partnered with Kingsbury Hardware 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 log on to Tahoefire.org under PREVENTION and print out an Ash Can Voucher. 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. 
 

For more information on safe ash disposal visit the TDFPD Ash Can Program

 
Kingsbury Hardware
264 Kingsbury Grade
Stateline, NV 89449
775.588.5681
2140 Ruth Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
530.541.5145
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Recruits Join TDFPD

MEET TDFPD
2021 FIREFIGHTER
RECRUITS


After successfully completing 13 weeks at the Carson City Regional Fire Academy with the Northern Nevada F.I.R.E. Consortium recruits begin Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training.

Reporting for Duty

 

Assistant Chief Bryce Cranch welcomes (left to right) FF Nolan Weintz, FF/PM Corey McCarthy, FF Cade Bolton, FF Josef Almeida, FF/PM Joseph Fording, and FF Matt Steventon.
 

EMS Bag

 
Field Training Officer (FTO) Jenny Alustiza reviews the contents and proper organization of an EMS equipment bag. All EMS bags are set up identically so that paramedics can operate promptly and effectively regardless of station/equipment assignment.
 

Cardiac Monitoring
 

Field Training Officer (FMO) Alex Dennis demonstrates how to place electrodes for cardiac monitoring on an adult manikin.  
 

Turnout Gear


Each recruit receives head to toe personal protection equipment (PPE). The jackets/pants pictured here, referred to as "turnouts", are multilayer to protect from heat, smoke, steam, and weather. The reflective letters allow firefighters to be visible in the dark and in smoke-filled situations when lit by a flashlight.
Welcome recruits! We are proud of your success thus far and are eager to see your skills advance in the coming year!
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New Fire Chief

 
CHANGE OF COMMAND
AT TAHOE DOUGLAS FIRE


WELCOME, FIRE CHIEF
SCOTT LINDGREN


 

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District announces new Fire Chief Scott Lindgren. Scott is joining Tahoe Douglas Fire after a 33 year career in the California Fire Service and 24 years with CAL FIRE.  His most recent position was Chief of the Amador El Dorado Unit in Camino, CA.  In that role, Chief Lindgren was responsible for administration and operation of CAL FIRE resources in Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and San Joaquine counties and the protection of over 1.1 million acres of state lands.

In this capacity, Chief Lindgren oversaw 250 employees, 60 volunteers, 170 inmate firefighters and 20 California Conservation Corps Firefighters.  His unit served nine state fire stations, five local government contract fire stations, three Fire Crew Camps, one Air Tanker Base, four fires lookouts, the Unit Logistics Service Center, four full maintenance shops and a lumber mill with a cabinet shop.  The unit also included the Training Bureau, Law Enforcement Bureau, Emergency Command Center and Resource Management Division.

Chief Lindgren has extensive experience in the management of large-scale emergency incidents with CAL FIRE Incident Management teams; and was in command of some of the largest emergency incidents in the history of the State of California from wildland fires, floods, bridge collapses, hazardous material incidents and recuses of all kinds.  He also brings extensive experience and knowledge of risk assessment, fire safe councils, fire safe communities, fuel and hazard reduction, vegetation management, resource management and fire prevention activities.

As required in the recruitment process, Chief Lindgren has worked in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin for over 20 years.  He has established great working relationships with cooperating agencies through emergency response on incidents and as well as his membership with the Lake Tahoe Regional Fire Chief Association; and his work with the TRPA and Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team.

Chief Lindgren takes pride in having started as a volunteer firefighter and successfully advancing and steadily growing his training, knowledge and experience to the level it is today.

Chief Lindgren replaces Scott Baker, who retired after five years of service as Fire Chief. Fire Board Chairman Larry Schussel commented at the Change of Command Ceremony held on 01/12/21, ---

“I am profoundly grateful for having the opportunity to observe the effect of Chief Baker’s calm and steadily leadership on this agency over the past five years; and now to see that responsibility transfer to another enormously qualified Scott, Scott Lindgren”.
 
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Blood Drive Jan 2021

 
 
 

APPOINTMENTS are "highly" recommended for this event.
SCHEDULE NOW

 
Important Information: At this time, we are requiring staff and donors to wear a face-covering or mask when participating in blood donation at the blood drive. 
 
Vitalant will test all successful blood donations for antibodies to
SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The COVID-19 antibody test, authorized by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to
the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus, regardless of whether they ever had symptoms.
COVID-19 antibody testing will be performed in addition to the standard
infectious disease testing all blood donations undergo.
Results will be available in 2-3 weeks.
 
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Baker Last Call

 
 
 
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Adopt - A - Hydrant

ADOPT - A - HYDRANT

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District is asking for YOUR HELP to protect your home and neighborhood.

Join the Adopt - A - Hydrant program.

 
There are 761 hydrants in the TDFPD fire district that need to be shoveled and kept cleared each winter. 

Your water district and fire district urge you to get involved and join the effort by adopting a hydrant near you.

If you adopt, we ask that you keep your hydrant:

VISIBLE AND ACCESSIBLE

Shovel the area around the fire hydrant after each snowfall. Clear an area approximately three (3) feet around the hydrant as well as a path from the street or roadway. 

and

REPORT DAMAGE OR LEAKAGE

DO NOT repair, paint, personalize, or change the appearance of the hydrant in any way. Hydrant cap colors provide critical available water flow information to firefighters.

Please report any hydrant problems to TDFPD Fire Marshal Eric Guevin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Did you know that a fire doubles in size every fifteen (15) seconds? This fact emphasizes the importance of the ability for emergency vehicles to gain easy access to a fire hydrant as quickly as possible. Lives and property are saved when water is applied quickly.
SIGNUP TO ADOPT - A - HYDRANT

For more information, call Tahoe Douglas Fire at 775.588.3591

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Sledding Danger

  

 

WARNING!
Sledding in Tahoe not as harmless as it looks.
ON SPOONER SUMMIT

"Unofficial" Sled Hill -  Can be Officially DANGEROUS!
Spooner Summit Address: HWY 28 & HW 50, Glenbrook, NV
DANGERS OF SLEDDING
Photo: Tahoe Daily Tribune
 

CAUTION...

High risks exist for personal injury. Icy. Fast. Steep. Crowded. No brakes. No steering.  No supervision. No helmets.


The Tahoe Douglas Fire District and USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit urge locals to help warn our families, friends, and visitors that choosing to sled at this and other general forest locations is risky and potentially dangerous. This location is frequently over-crowded, unsupervised, which can result in extremely hazardous conditions. Paramedics are routinely responding to this location for concussions and broken limbs. In 2019, a young adult suffered a serious sledding injury, resulting in permanent paralysis.

Your first responders hope you choose and promote safe and responsible winter play activities.      
More than 20,000 emergency department visits a year are related to sledding incidents among children under age 19 in the United States, research suggests.
Safe, managed sledding opportunities are offered in several locations around the Tahoe Basin.
 

A Timeless Winter Tradition Can Go Very Wrong 

Please choose safe locations at managed sites. 

 
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Smoke in the Lake Tahoe Basin

 
 
Smoke in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Can smoke in the Basin be a good thing?
Yes! When it's a prescribed burn.

In early November, our Tahoe Fire and Fuels (TFFT) team began conducting prescribed fire operations in the Lake Tahoe Basin weather and conditions permitting.

Fall and winter bring cooler temperatures and precipitation, which are ideal for conducting prescribed fire operations. Each operation follows a specialized prescribed fire burn plan, which considers temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. All of this information is used to decide when and where to burn.

Prescribed fire managers use different methods to reintroduce fire back into our forests that include pile burning and understory burning.

Pile burning is intended to remove excess fuels (branches, limbs, and stumps) that can feed unwanted wildfires and involves burning slash piles that are constructed by hand and mechanical equipment.

Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition but less intense and shorter duration than smoke produced by wildland fires.

Agencies work closely with local, county, and state air pollution control districts and monitor weather conditions carefully before prescribed fire starts. Wait for favorable conditions to carry smoke up and disperse it away from sensitive areas.

The agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, and email notifications are sent out to the community. The TFFT gives advance notice before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice due to the small window of opportunity to conduct these events.

Smoke may be visible. Check out the latest map of the prescribed fire locations and details. 

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive email notification of prescribed fire. 
USDA Forest Service at 530.543.2816
 
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Golden Sparky Award 2020

 
Fire Marshal Eric Guevin 
has been honored with the Fire Prevention Association of Nevada (FPAN) 2020 Golden Sparky Award
 
The Golden Sparky Award is the State of Nevada’s highest award for outstanding achievement in fire prevention and fire safety education for fire service personnel.

Eric has served as the NFPA Fire Education Network Representative for the State of Nevada. In this capacity, Eric became a vital liaison between the Fire Prevention Assoc of Nevada, the Fire Safety Educators of Nevada, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  

Fire Marshal Guevin brought to the attention of NFPA the fire safety hazards and concerns of the Vacation Home Rental (VHR) industry. Because of Eric, NFPA began a study on this important fire and life safety issue.

“...  he consistently serves with true consideration and compassion for all.” – Silvia Lee, FPAN Representative for the State of Nevada.

Congratulations, Fire Marshal Guevin. We appreciate that you always serve our community with
care, professionalism, and respect!   

 
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Are you interested in a career as a WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER?

Are you interested in a career as a WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER?

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District's Zephyr Crew hires seasonal wildland firefighters each spring for the upcoming fire season.

The Crew responds to wildland fires nationally and conducts fuels management projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
 
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT TRAINING/EDUCATION:

Completion of wildland classes - NWCG S-130, S-190, I-100, L-180, IS-700.

These courses are available in the winter quarter at Lake Tahoe Community College and Truckee Meadows Community College.


Ability to pass the Work Capacity Test at the arduous level.

The WCT or “Pack Test” is a physical test of walking 3 miles with 45 lbs within 46 minutes and is administered by TDFPD.


Maintain red card currency.

A red card or incident qualifications card is issued by the agency after hiring occurs.


Completion of NWCG S-212 within one year of employment.

This course will be provided by TDFPD during orientation.
Application Deadline 01/31/2021
APPLY NOW
 
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Employee Promotions Nov 2020

 
CHANGE OF COMMAND
AT TAHOE DOUGLAS FIRE

Announcing the following promotions:

 

 

Battalion Chief Bryce Cranch
promoted to Assistant Chief


Bryce has held the positions of Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer, Captain, Training Captain and Battalion Chief. Special assignments: EMS Chief, Facilities Chief.

Serving our community for 16 years. 
 

 

Captain Chris Lucas
promoted to Battalion Chief

 

Chris has held the positions of Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer and Captain. Special Assignments: Local Emergency Planning Committee, Grant Support, Spillman Software Lead, and Critical Incident Stress Management Peer Counselor.  Responsible for: A-Shift and facilities.

Serving our community for 16 years. 
 


Firefighter/Paramedic Dusty Gooch
promoted to Engineer

 

Dusty has held the position of Firefighter/Paramedic. Special Assignments: EMS Field Training Officer and Dispatch Review Committee.

Serving our community for 4 years. 
 


Engineer Kyle Fine
promoted to Captain

 

Kyle previously held the positions of Firefighter/Paramedic & Engineer. Special Assignments: Marine 24 design, training and task book lead, and equipment specification committees.

Serving our community for 8 years. 
 

Please join us in congratulating these employees as they take on their new responsibilities. 

We wish you all the best!
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Blood Drive Nov 2020

 

 
 
 

APPOINTMENTS are "highly" recommended for this event.
SCHEDULE NOW

 
Important Information: At this time, we are requiring staff and donors to wear a face-covering or mask when participating in blood donation at the blood drive. 
 
Vitalant will test all successful blood donations for antibodies to
SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The COVID-19 antibody test, authorized by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to
the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus, regardless of whether they ever had symptoms.
COVID-19 antibody testing will be performed in addition to the standard
infectious disease testing all blood donations undergo.
Results will be available in 2-3 weeks.
 
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Thank you, Veterans!

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District is proud to employ former members of the Armed Forces of the United States. 

They have served our country and now they serve our Tahoe Douglas Fire community:
 

United States Army
  • Firefighter/AEMT Josef Almeida
  • Engineer Paul Apple 
  • Captain Kevin Green 
  • Trustee Larry Schussel 
  • Zephyr Crew Member Kenan Hart 
United States Navy
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Gregory Koeck
  • Trustee Bill Kirschner
United States Army National Guard
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Joesph Fording 
United States Air Force/Nevada Air National Guard
  • Engineer James Ward 
  • Fire Chief Scott Baker 
 
Acknowledge the veterans in your life on
November 11th, 2020.
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If you have ONLY 30 minutes or less...

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Evacuation Grab and Go Bag

BE READY FOR 
WILDFIRE EVACUATION

 

When instructed to evacuate by officials - please leave immediately! 
Follow these steps BEFOREit's time to GO!
  1. Review your Evacuation Plan Checklist.
  2. Ensure your Emergency Supply Kit/Evacuation Bag is packed and next to the door. 
  3. Cover yourself to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt (100% cotton is preferable), heavy shoes/boots, cap, and a bandanna, goggles, or glasses for face protection. 
If you have 30 MINUTES or less (in addition to the previous actions...) 
  • Move flammable furniture away from windows and doors.
  • Remove flammable curtains, patio furniture, and firewood off the deck.
  • Cover attic and ground vents with precut plywood or other covering.
  • Close or block dog doors.
  • Prop open wooden gates that touch the house.
  • Attach hoses to outside faucets.
  • Leave a noncombustible ladder outside.
  • Check on your neighbors.
STAY TUNED TO UPCOMING BLOG HOW TO PREPARE FOR 
MORE THAN 30 MINUTES EVACUATION PLAN

If you have less than 5 MINUTES | 15 MINUTES
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Remembering our Fallen Firefighters

 

MEMORIAL OF FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS
Forever in Our Hearts

To honor firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.

1926 Clear Creek Kings Canyon Fire


Each September, the Zephyr Crew places silver helmets and American flags at a mostly hidden and little known memorial marker on the south side of HWY-50 near Spooner Summit. The marker can be located on the eastbound side of the road while traveling downhill. To safely view the marker, and the valley and canyon below, park at the pullout.

Remembering and honoring... 
Jacob M. O'Malley
Firefighter
Bureau of Land Management - Winnemucca District
Lost in 2016
Will Paulsen Hawkins
Firefighter
Bureau of Land Management - Winnemucca District 
Lost in 2016
Michael S. “Mikey” Hallenbeck
Firefighter
USDA Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin
Lost in 2015
Art Sunday
Forest Patrol
Clear Creek Kings Canyon Fire
Lost in 1926
George Brown
Inmate Firefighter
Clear Creek Kings Canyon Fire
Lost in 1926
Ralph Morse
V&T Railroad - Volunteer Firefighter
Clear Creek Kings Canyon Fire
Lost in 1926
Bryant Whitmore
Prison Guard - Volunteer Firefighter
Clear Creek Kings Canyon Fire
Lost in 1926
J.E. Mitchell
I
nmate Firefighter
Clear Creek Kings Canyon Fire
Lost in 1926
 
 

Wildland Firefighters Monument
 

The Monument, officially dedicated in May 25, 2000, is located on the grounds of the National Interagency Fire Center’s (NIFC) headquarters in Boise, Idaho.


State Firefighters Memorials


Since its completion in 1994, the Nevada Firefighters Memorial, Inc., has honored Nevada’s fallen firefighters at an annual ceremony held at the Nevada Firefighters Memorial in Carson City’s Mills Park on the last Saturday of National Fire Prevention Week in October.
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
 

COVID-19 Does Not Stop Us from Honoring Our Nation’s Fallen Firefighters

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If you have ONLY 15 minutes...

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Evacuation Grab and Go Bag

BE READY FOR 
WILDFIRE EVACUATION

 

When instructed to evacuate by officials - please leave immediately! 
Follow these steps BEFORE  it's time to GO!
  1. Review your Evacuation Plan Checklist.
  2. Ensure your Emergency Supply Kit/Evacuation Bag is packed and next to the door. 
  3. Cover yourself to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt (100% cotton is preferable), heavy shoes/boots, cap, and a bandanna, goggles, or glasses for face protection. 
If you have 15 MINUTES or less (in addition to the previous actions...) 
Do these in order of importance:
  1. Close all windows, doors, and the garage.
  2. Shut off the air conditioning.
  3. Leave on all lights so firefighters can see your home in smoke.
  4. Shut off propane tanks and move barbecues away from the house.
  5. Shut off the gas at the meter and turn off pilot lights.
PRE-EVACUATION PREPARATION STEPS - for inside and outside your home.
 
Upcoming blogs how to prepare for 30 MINUTES | MORE THAN 30 MINUTES
evacuation plan


If you have less than 5 MINUTES
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Assistant Chief Todd Moss Retirement

 

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Do you have an evacuation plan if...

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Evacuation Grab and Go Bag

BE READY FOR 
WILDFIRE EVACUATION

 

When instructed by officials - leave immediately! If you have 5 MINUTES change into long pants, a long-sleeve shirt, closed-toed shoes, and put on a face mask and glasses or goggles, grab your pre-made go-bags for family and pets.

WHAT DO YOU TAKE?
  • Pack important documents
  • Passport / IDs
  • Social Security cards
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Home and vehicle titles
  • Home Inventory list for insurance
  • Store all of the items in one location like in a go-bag so they care easy to grab quickly
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15 MINUTES | 30 MINUTES | MORE THAN 30 MINUTES
EVACUATION PLAN
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Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters

 

 

LIGHT
THE NIGHT for Fallen Firefighters

Tahoe Douglas Fire invites you to light your home or building in RED to honor America's fallen heroes.
 

The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend is the official national tribute to those firefighters who passed away in the line of duty.
  • Firefighters are our family, friends, and co-workers.
  • Firefighters respond to a stranger's call for help without hesitation and serve the pride and compassion.
  • Firefighters are our local heroes.
  • Firefighters are not forgotten. 

We will ALWAYS remember our Firefighters.

Landmarks and Fire Departments Across the U.S. Lit in Honor of Our Fallen Firefighters

September 27 – October 4, 2020

 
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Keep Business Open | Get COVID-19 Tested

 

LOCAL BUSINESSES


NEED OUR HELP TO
SAFELY OPEN & STAY OPEN

DRIVE-THRU

COVID-19 TESTING 
 

THEY NEED OUR HELP! Carson City Health and Human Services is conducting community-based drive-thru COVID-19 testing for Quad-County residents who are asymptomatic (not showing COVID symptoms).

  • Testing is a state requirement to further slow community transmission.
  • Tests are open to residents in Carson City, Douglas County, Lyon County, and Storey County. 
  • Tests are FREE and available on a first-come, first-served basis, with no appointments needed. ID is required. 

One Q-tip can provide the data our state needs to protect our citizens and support local businesses.

Sep 24, 2020 | 8am-11am
East Fork Fire Station 12
3620 N. Sunridge Drive, Carson City
Sep 29, 2020 | 3pm-6pm
Mills Park Seely Loop
Carson City (enter off of Saliman)
The COVID-19 test detects the virus in your system at the time of testing. A negative result does not mean an individual will not contract the virus later or if they have already had the virus. If you were tested, you will receive a call with your results.

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Blood Drive Sep 2020

 

 
 
 

APPOINTMENTS are "highly" recommended for this event.
SCHEDULE NOW

 
Vitalant will test all successful blood donations for antibodies to
SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The COVID-19 antibody test, authorized by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to
the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus, regardless of whether they ever had symptoms.
COVID-19 antibody testing will be performed in addition to the standard
infectious disease testing all blood donations undergo.
Results will be available in 2-3 weeks.
 
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Get COVID-19 Tested

Help Douglas County Businesses to Open Safely... and Stay Open
 

THEY NEED OUR HELP! Carson City Health and Human Services is conducting community-based drive-thru COVID-19 testing for Quad-County residents who are asymptomatic (not showing COVID symptoms).

  • Testing is a state requirement to further slow community transmission.
  • Over 400 tests have been completed in Douglas County, however...testing numbers declining - we can do better!

Tests are open to residents in Carson City, Douglas County, Lyon County, and Storey County. 

Tests are FREE and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with no appointments needed. ID is required. 

UPCOMING DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY  BASED TESTING

Sep 11, 2020 | 4pm-6pm
East Fork Fire Station 12
3620 N. Sunridge Drive, Carson City
Sep 24, 2020 | 8am-11am
East Fork Fire Station 12
3620 N. Sunridge Drive, Carson City
The COVID-19 test detects the virus in your system at the time of testing. A negative result does not mean an individual will not contract the virus later or if they have already had the virus. If you were tested, you will receive a call with your results.

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Pancake Breakfast

 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
SAVE THE DATE

Labor Day Weekend | Saturday, September 4, 2021

 
 
COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of our annual pancake breakfast, but we are resilient, and invite you to block the date for 2021.

This event is a fundraiser for the fire district to provide: 
  • scholarships for local students who are seeking a degree in public service or the medical field;
  • assistance to fire victims; and
  • aid to fighters, recovering from a serious injury or illness, and their families.
TDFPD T-shirts/ hats and historical refurbished fire hydrants that are sold at the annual event are available now. 

Sales by appointment only.  Monday thru Fridays
8 am to 4 pm
Call 775-588-3591

Keep wearing your mask and practicing social distancing; we’ll see you next year!
Black TDFPD T-shirt (Back)
*Limited women's size available
Black TDFPD T-shirt (Front)
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Recreational Fire Restrictions 2020

Recreational Fire Restrictions 2020

- NO -
WOOD OR CHARCOAL BURNING 

IS ALLOWED IN THE DISTRICT

 
Only certain types of outdoor fire pits and barbecue grills are allowed on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.
Approved - Gas Fire Pits

LPG or Natural Gas, Portable, and Built-In Gas Fire Pits

ALL FORMS OF OUTDOOR OPEN FLAME ARE PROHIBITED DURING RED FLAG WARNINGS.

  • VIOLATIONS will result in fire extinguishment and possible fines along with court appearances.
  • NO FIRE allowed using wood or charcoal burning.
  • FIRE RESTRICTIONS are in place until further notice.
  • Read more about RECREATIONAL FIRE SAFETY.
Approved - Barbeque Grills

Gas, Natural Gas, and Pellet BBQ Grills / Smokers

 

For more information on Red Flag Warnings.

 
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Keep Tahoe Beautiful

 

 
 
 

Over 2,300 pounds of trash was removed by volunteers along five Tahoe Beaches in 2019...

Tahoe averages 3.2 million visits a year and tourist traffic is growing.  Heavy use of our beaches, trails, and waterways requires us all to “Pack It In and Pack It Out.”

  • AT THE BEACH: bottle caps, cigarette butts, diapers — you name it and volunteers picked it up. 
     
  • ON THE TRAIL: keep the wilderness wild and pack out all your trash. 
     
  • PARKING LOTS:  when picking up food at a restaurant, don't leave trash behind on the ground. STOP littering!
 

Let's encourage each other to clean up to ensure our lake remains a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy. 

For more information visit https://takecaretahoe.org/
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Employee Promotion Announcement August 2020

 
 

Fire Chief Scott Baker Announces Promotions

It is our honor to congratulate Engineer Hamann and  Engineer Vandover on their new positions at Tahoe Douglas Fire.
 
Kurt Hamann promoted to Engineer

Born and raised in Douglas County, Hamann began his career with TDPFD in 2010 as a member of the Zephyr Crew.  He served as commander of his Lake Tahoe Community College Fire Academy class; in 2013 he was promoted to firefighter and completed REMSA’s Paramedic Program.
 
Scott Vandover promoted to Engineer

Scott joined TDFPD in 2012, bringing 7 years of experience at REMSA as a preceptor and field training officer with oversight responsibilities for the most inexperienced EMTs and paramedics to teach, guide and mentor their development. As a paramedic, Scott helped refine and advance EMS protocols and was on the paramedic team that launched the Continuing Quality Improvement (CQI) process to consistently review patient care for feedback and training purposes. He is generous with his time and experience and continues to invest in the education and growth of new EMS personnel.  Scott is a member of the Insurance Advisory Committee, Local 2441 Negotiations Committee and the Post-Retirement Trust Board of Trustees.  Engineer Vandover has an AA degree in Fire Science and is working towards a BS degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
 
 
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Employee Promotion Announcement July 2020

 

Fire Chief Scott Baker Announces Promotions

It is our honor to congratulate Chief Brady and Captain Norwood on their new positions at Tahoe Douglas Fire.
 
Brandon Brady promoted to Battalion Chief
(photo: pinned by his daughter, Arie)

Brandon a 14-year employee of TDFPD, was recently promoted to Battalion Chief.  Brady has worked his way up through the ranks, served as a lead for rope rescue and extrication programs, and instructed for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), wildland and fireboat programs. Chief Brady is also a member of the Quad County Hazmat team and serves with the Honor Guard. He has held numerous positions with Local 2441 of the International Fire Fighters Association including health and safety committee and union president. He has been an active member of the regional Critical Incident Stress Management team and serves as a liaison with the Northern Nevada Peer Support Network promoting first responder wellness. Brady has two AA degrees in Fire Science Technology with an emphasis in wildland, a BS degree in Management, and a Masters degree in Emergency Management. Chief Brady has assumed responsibilities for B-Shift and the EMS program.
 
Mark Norwood promoted to Captain

Mark joined TDFPD in 2013, as a firefighter/paramedic, after quickly demonstrating his EMS skills he was placed as an EMS Preceptor mentoring and monitoring new medics.  He is a member of the Quad County Haz-Mat team, Honor Guard, and served as an EMS instructor.  Captain Norwood also holds certifications for Engine Boss, Dozer Boss, Communications Technician (trainee), and Unit Leader and Wildland Fire Investigation (trainee). Norwood currently serves as the lead for the radio communications program and secretary/treasurer for Local 2441.  Norwood has an AA degree in Electronic Engineering and a BS degree in Fire Administration.
 
 
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Home Retrofit Public Workshop

Tahoe Home Retrofit Public Workshop 7.28.2020 640x357

What is home hardening?

One of the most effective ways residents can prepare their homes is by implementing home hardening techniques and maintaining effective defensible space.
 
To help residents learn how to harden their homes, the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities, in collaboration with the University of Nevada and California Cooperative Extensions and CAL FIRE, is hosting a free virtual workshop on July 28th from 5:30-7 p.m. PST. The workshop is free and open to the public, but attendees must pre-register using the link below.
 
Date: July 28, 2020, | 5:30-7:00 p.m. PST
Pre-Registerbit.ly/TahoeRetrofit

 
Workshop presenters include University of California Cooperative Extension Advisor Emeritus and retired Chief Scientist for Wildfire and Durability for Business & Home Safety Research Center, Dr. Steve Quarles; Forestry Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra and registered professional forester, Susie Kocher; and Assistant Professor and Natural Resources Specialist with University of Nevada, Reno Extension and the Director of the Living With Fire Program, Christina Restaino. 

 Dr. Steve Quarles describes the importance of home hardening stating, “Post-wildfire assessments have shown that more than 60% of home ignitions are the result of wind-blown embers. The chance of home ignitions can be greatly reduced if residents create and maintain an effective defensible space on their property and take steps to harden their homes to make them more resistant to embers.”

Taking steps now to harden your home against embers will increase the survivability of your home during a wildfire. Learn more about preparing for wildfire at tahoelivingwithfire.com.

About the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team

 The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, CAL FIRE, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, University of California and Nevada Cooperative Extensions, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the USDA Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our Mission is to protect lives, property, and the environment within the Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and engaging the public in becoming a Fire Adapted Community. For more information, visit tahoelivingwithfire.com.

 

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Blood Drive July 2020

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APPOINTMENTS are *highly* recommended for this event.
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Vitalant will test all successful blood donations for antibodies to
SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The COVID-19 antibody test, authorized by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to
the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus, regardless of whether they ever had symptoms.
COVID-19 antibody testing will be performed in addition to the standard
infectious disease testing all blood donations undergo.
Results will be available in 2-3 weeks.

 

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Fight Fire with a Plan

 

Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness
Month - July 2020

This month, we encourage residents and visitors to prepare your family, property, and possessions now before a wildfire starts by creating a plan.
 
Some ways to plan include:

  • Develop a family evacuation plan.
  • Assemble a "Go-bag" and a disaster supply kit for your home and vehicle.
  • Create and maintain defensible space around your homes.
  • Sign up for emergency notifications for residents and visitors and stay informed.
  • Reduce the threat of wildfire by learning about embers and how to harden your home. Attend the free virtual Tahoe Home Retrofit Workshop detailed below.

July 28, 2020 | Zoom Tahoe Home Retrofit Workshop

  • Pre-register for the workshop: bit.ly/TahoeRetrofit
  • This workshop is free to the public, but attendees must pre-register. 

To learn more about how to prepare for wildfire, visit tahoelivingwithfire.com

 
About the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team
The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, CAL FIRE, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, University of California and Nevada Cooperative Extensions, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the USDA Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our Mission is to protect lives, property and the environment within the Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and engaging the public in becoming a Fire Adapted Community.
For more information, visit tahoelivingwithfire.com
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Happy July 4th - No Fireworks

 

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FIREWORKS ALLOWED

All official fireworks shows have been cancelled throughout the Tahoe Basin. It is unlawful to possess or discharge fireworks in the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District as per Douglas County code Section 8.16.040 (Ord. 1356, 2012) and 2004 Nevada State Fire Marshal Regulations NAC 477.

To minimize the risk of wildfire, TDFPD personnel will be patrolling
the fire district and issuing citations for the unlawful use of
fireworks throughout the weekend.

 
Visitors are reminded to do their part to help prevent wildfires. All fireworks are illegal in the Tahoe Basin, including sparklers and firecrackers. Fireworks are never allowed on National Forest System lands, so be sure to leave the illegal fireworks at home. If you see something, say something by reporting to 911 immediately and help us keep our communities safe from wildfire.
STAY HEALTHY. STAY SAFE.
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Blood Drive June 2020 - Relocation to Kahle Community Center

Blood Drive 6.30.20 Kahle Community Center Relocation

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Red Flag Warning

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Today's Red Flag Warnings

 

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Keep Practicing Responsible Recreational Activities

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Wilder Than Wild Screening

Wilder than Wild: Free Virtual Screening 

Tahoe Douglas Fire encourages to the Tahoe communities to participate in this
free virtual screening of Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future.

The Tahoe Network recognizes the importance of building community
awareness about mitigation strategies in this new age of wildfire and strives to
prepare people and property for wildfire by coordinating efforts on a neighborhood scale.

"Unfortunately, living in a forest-like we do in Tahoe means living with the threat of catastrophic wildfire," said Tahoe Fund CEO Amy Berry. "We are so excited to make this terrific film available for everyone to watch for free to learn more about the history of wildfire. It is definitely worth an hour of your time."

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Watch the film here. | Register for the Q&A panel here.
This event is open to the public and is free thanks
to sponsorship from the Tahoe Fund.

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Practice Responsible Recreation

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Happy Memorial Weekend

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Wildfire Preparedness

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What can I do before a fire?

The potential for loss of life and property due to wildfire in the Lake Tahoe Basin
is growing. Residents should learn how to live more safely with the threat of
wildfire. There are proven steps that residents and whole communities can take
before a fire to improve the odds of wildfire survival.

 Take action to improve your home's survivability:

  • REMOVE leaves, pine needles, and other flammable material from the roof, gutters, and under the deck to help prevent embers from igniting your home.
  • SCREEN areas below decks and porches with 1/8" wire mesh to help prevent material from accumulating underneath.
  • COVER exterior attic and soffit vents with 1/8" wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home.
  • ENCLOSE eaves to help prevent ember entry.
  • INSPECT shingles or roof tiles. REPLACE missing shingles or tiles. COVER ends of tiles with bird stops or cement to help prevent ember penetration during a wildfire.

 Tips for landscaping around your home:

  • REMOVE dead vegetation and other flammable materials, especially within the first 5 feet of the home.
  • KEEP your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to help reduce fire intensity.
  • PRUNE tree limbs so the lowest branches are 6 -10 feet above the ground to help reduce the chance of fire getting into the crowns of the trees.
  • MOVE construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least 30 feet away from the home and other outbuildings.
  • DISPOSE of branches, weeds, leaves, pine needles, and grass clipping that you have cut to reduce fuel for fire.

    Increase your wildfire safety! Make low-cost changes to your home and landscape today!

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Stay at Home Until May 15

Social Distancing Continues

 

Lake Tahoe Basin Community Updates

Forest Service Extends Temporary Closure Order for South Shore Recreation Corridor to May 15


South Shore recreation sites and areas impacted includes:
  • Pope-Baldwin National Recreation Bike Path
  • Pope Beach
  • Camp Richardson Resort
  • Camp Richardson Corral
  • Fallen Leaf Campground/Beach
  • Tallac Historic Site/Beach
  • Kiva Picnic Area/Beach
  • Kiva Beach/Tallac Point
  • Taylor Creek Visitor Center
  • Baldwin Beach
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What Nevadan can do to help

 

Learn more about Nevada Health Response

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Homeowner Resource Guide 2020

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For more information please visit our website tahoefire.org or call 775-588-3591

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What Nevadans Can Do To Help

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Be Prepared, Get Involved Volunteer!

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COVID-19 HOTLINE

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COVID-19 PUBLIC UPDATE

Please read this important update regarding Tahoe Douglas Fire District response to COVID-19

At Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District (TDFPD), we are working hard to continue our service delivery through the emerging COVID-19 situation. Our responders are ready to provide care to our residents and visitors by maintaining a healthy workforce and taking important safety precautions in our responses.
We are in constant contact and collaboration with health authority officials and emergency managers. While we remain informed, fully staffed and operationally ready, there are some changes that we would like you to know about in our response.

If you call 9-1-1
In Douglas County, if you call 9-1-1, the call taker may ask a few more questions in addition to the standard questions about your address, phone number and the nature of the emergency. You may be asked if you have symptoms like a fever over 100.4, a cough, difficulty breathing, runny nose or general flu like symptoms. These questions help us prepare our responders to deliver the appropriate care.

When the responders arrive
When our responders arrive, you may notice them wearing additional personal protective equipment including gloves, eye protection or a face shield, an N-95 respirator mask and a gown. They may limit the number of personnel that enter your residence, have you come to the door, or even come outside if possible. You may be asked to wear an isolation mask which may help to reduce potential exposure to the rescuers who will be working in close proximity to you.

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If an ambulance transport to the hospital is necessary, we will limit the number of people in the ambulance by asking family members or additional passengers to take a separate vehicle. In addition, the paramedics may seal off the patient compartment from the driver compartment inside the ambulance.

Disinfecting
Our ambulances are decontaminated after every patient transport using an EPA-approved disinfectant and following a strict procedure. TDFPD has ensured that this disinfectant has a manufacturer’s statement as to its effectiveness against Human Coronavirus.

Use 9-1-1 for Emergencies Only
Please remember that calling 9-1-1 should be reserved for life-threatening emergencies and is should not be used to obtain a COVID-19 test. If it is not a life threatening situation, please use an alternative source of transportation to the hospital to keep ambulances available for the critically ill.

If you are ill and are not experiencing a medical emergency, consider calling the Carson City Health hotline at 775-283-4789 Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm. This is also a great resource to stay informed on developments. You may also get latest updates about our region by visiting Carson City Health and Human Services. These services are available to our residents through our partnership with the quad county health care coalition.

Responder Welfare
It is particularly important that our responders maintain their health and wellness so they can continue to render care to those in need. Please note that we are not able to distribute any masks or PPE items.

Be safe, exercise social distancing and remember that we are all in this together.

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Resources
please visit the following websites for additional information:

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CDC

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Fire Academy Traditions

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District trains recruits at a regional
fire academy where they are taught fire fighting skills.

Recruits are also introduced fire service traditions like the following:

Fire Academy Traditions 2020 Part 1

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Protecting Families from Radon Gas

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Visit www.doctorhomeair.com for homewoners
to learn more about Radon testing. 

Find More NV Radon Information

Additional Radon Resources available with the National Radon
Proficiency Program click here!

 

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Tahoe Douglas Fire Graduates Academy 2019

NEW TDFPD RECRUITS COMPLETE FIRE ACADEMY

January 24, 2020 --Twenty recruits successfully completed a 14-week regional
fire academy sponsored by Carson City Fire, East Fork Fire, North Lake Tahoe
Fire, Tahoe Douglas Fire. 

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Fire Chief Scott Baker addresses the audience, 
the four recruits, and their families.

 

Recruit Danny Glover is pinned by
his girlfriend Liz. 
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Fire Board Trustee Ann Grant administers
firefighters oath.

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Recruit Peter Keogan is pinned by
his wife Victoria.

Fire Chief Scott Baker addresses the recruits on the topic on the importance of behavioral health throughout their careers.

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Assistant Chief Todd Moss and Regional Training Officer, Captain Brian Zabel present
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Recruit Zeb Jensen was pinned by his wife Kendra. Zeb received a Peer Leadership award from the academy instructors.

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Regional Training Officer, Captain Brian Zabel (right) was responsible for guiding the TDFPD recruits to a successful completion of the14 week fire academy.

Engineer Mark Norwood (left) represented TDFPD in the honor guard at the event.

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Recruit Spencer Sloat was pinned by
his father Dave.
For his military service, as a United States 
Airforce Pararescue Specialist, Sloat received
the United States flag that was flown every day
at the fire academy training center.

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Text to 911: What You Need To Know

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TDFPD New Payment Option

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BLOOD DRIVE

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DHS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

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As you may know, the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District serves the east shore of Lake Tahoe in Douglas County from the top of Kingsbury Grade to the Stateline casino core, and then to the top of Spooner Summit. Though our agency is at the lake, we are invested in the Douglas High School graduating class of 2019. 

Many of our employees and our retirees reside in the valley and have raised their families there. We are particularly proud of the fact that every fire season, over one-third of our 30+ wildland fire crew members have been Douglas High School graduates. 

As an agency, we raise funds every Labor Day at a pancake breakfast to support local students in their quest for higher education, and in particular in the field of public service. 

Our Community Service - The Protection of Lives and Property scholarship is open to candidates who will be pursuing an education in a field of public service. We hope to inspire our graduates to serve in the healthcare, public safety administration, fire service, or law enforcement fields to give back to the communities they will live in. 

Since the inception of our fuels management/wildland firefighter program in 2008, we have awarded paramedic school scholarships averaging $10,000 per year to Zephyr Crew members. With the success of our pancake breakfasts, we have now been able to increase our high school scholarships to $500 each for each of the Douglas County schools, thus bringing our scholarship donations to close to $120,000 in the past decade. 

This year's recipient of the Community Service - The Protection of Lives and Property scholarship is Alexa Moss, daughter of Kerri and Todd Moss. In the fall, Alexa will be attending California State University, Sacramento to play Division I soccer and to become a nurse for pediatric oncology. Congratulations, Alexa!

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COMMUNITY SERVICE OUTSIDE TDFPD

Firefighter/Paramedic Derrick Bean recently deployed to Indonesia on a humanitarian aid mission with Reach Out Worldwide, a non-profit disaster relief organization founded by the late actor Paul Walker. Derrick was part of a team that consisted of a doctor, paramedics, firefighters, and an urban search and rescue tech tasked to provide quick-response medical care for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Palu, Indonesia on September 28th, 2018. The region was struck by a maginitude 7.5 earthquake, subsequently triggering a tsunami that has caused widespread devastation. Coupled also with entire neighborhoods lost to liquefaction and landslides, the death toll has reached up to almost 2,000 people with thousands still missing. The team spent 4 days providing medical care to remote villages that were cut off from local aid groups and distributed much-needed water filtration systems. 

TDFPD appreciates Derrick and his team's commitment and service, and we are proud to have members of our organization, like Derrick, who are willing to selflessly provide medical aid and other services to those in such desperate need. 
 
Photo credits: Cammie Cooley and Derrick Bean
 
 
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2018 ASH CAN PROGRAM

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2018 FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, and we are encouraging people to "Look. Listen. Learn." Check out this press release to find out what this year's campaign is all about.

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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL DAY

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MCDONALD PROMOTED TO ENGINEER

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Tahoe Douglas Fire is pleased to announce the promotion of Firefighter/Paramedic Jesse McDonald to the position of Engineer.

Before settling into a career in the fire service, Jesse spent time as a life guard, a construction laborer, a dental technician/manager, and a custom shipping crate builder. He received his paramedic certification in 2011 from REMSA, where he gained field experience until he joined TDFPD in 2013. He earned preceptor status while still on probation and helped others in his SAFER hire group grow in skill and confidence as paramedics. He has also served as a valued member of the EMS Steering Committee and as the CQI Coordinator for B-Shift, again contributing to development and competency levels of our paramedics. Jesse completed engineer academies in 2015 & 2017 in preparation for this promotion. McDonald has earned his AA degree in Fire Science at TMCC and is working on a BS in emergency management.

Congratulations, Engineer McDonald. 

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JOHNSON PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN

njTahoe Douglas Fire is pleased to announce the promotion of Engineer Nathan Johnson to the position of Captain.

Nathan started his career in 1995 in Michigan, and upon his relocation to Reno, gained skill and knowledge as a paramedic for 10 years at REMSA.  In 2007, he became a firefighter/paramedic with Storey County Fire and joined TDFPD in 2010, quickly becoming an EMS preceptor, a CQI representative, and earning his certification as a Critical Care Paramedic.  With Tahoe Douglas, he built on those strong medical skills by becoming a rope rescue technician (2012), confined space rescue technician (2013), hazardous materials technician (2013), and an explosive ordinance disposal technician (2014).

His personal interests in water/watercraft led him to develop a sustainable water rescue proposal which, when approved, halted the possible sale of equipment.  Nathan then went on to implement improved training and to recommend the purchase of additional water rescue equipment which made the existing assets more viable to the District. Then in 2017, he was a vital member of the fire boat group which committed countless hours to recommend the best and safest design features for a new fire boat, draft related procedures and training, and educate his fellow firefighters on boat operations.

He has also served as Local 2441 Negotiation Chair and President and a member of our Color Guard. 

Captain Johnson has a BS from American Military University in Emergency Management, and is currently working towards a master's degree in Homeland Security from Pennsylvania State University.

Congratulations, Captain Johnson.

 

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2018 Pancake Breakfast

Check out last year's Pancake Breakfast in this video and join us this Saturday, September 1 for this year's Pancake Breakfast - lots of activities and fun for the whole family!

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2018 PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Please join us for our Annual Pancake Breakfast!

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Community Service Outside TDFPD

TDFPD Captain Andy Isenberg and his wife, Jasper, who teaches science, anatomy and physiology, honors biology, and AP environmental science joined TDFPD Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Pruitt, high school students, and chaperones, on a recent trip to Costa Rica to experience the beautiful environment and culture for ten days. During the trip, 26 students from the Academy of Arts, Career and Technology in Reno hiked through the rain forest, zip lined through the cloud forest, swam in the ocean, scouted sloths and other wildlife, learned about the culture, and experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity. The tour group, WorldStrides, creates authentic travel opportunities for students to experience everything that a country has to offer, and the students earn three college credits through the University of San Diego for the experience.   

Captain Isenberg and Jasper have already committed to their next chaperoning adventure for Spring break 2019 in Iceland. TDFPD appreciates their commitment, mentorship, and guidance in these experiences for our local students and future leaders.

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2018 Community Work Days Schedule

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Governor's Proclamation - Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Month

LAKE TAHOE BASIN WILDFIRE AWARENESS MONTH - JUNE 2018

Prepare now - wildfire knows no season!

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2018 Defensible Space Programs

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YARD WASTE REMOVAL OPTIONS

Is yard work on your schedule this weekend? Here are some options for discarding the pine needles and pine cones from this winter.

South Tahoe Refuse will pick up six 32 gallon bags of yard waste from May 22-24 for Nevada customers on your regularly scheduled pick up day.

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Spring open burning should be open in the next month. A notice will appear here on this site.

Compost Your Combustibles for free dumping of yard waste at the Heavenly Lower Stagecoach Lodge parking lot will be open from May 25-July 8 (please note the change in location - please do not leave yard waste at the Boulder parking lot).

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Curbside chipping will be available from the Zephyr Crew after May 23. Community Work Days will also be returning this summer. Watch this site for more information on dates and locations.

Visit http://tahoefire.org/wildland-fire-division or www.livingwithfire.info/tahoe for information on defensible space and fuels reduction.

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Request for Proposal - Motorola Radios

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Promotions - Prather and Robidart

Promotion – Prather

pratherEngineer Steve Prather has been promoted to the position of Captain.

Steve has been instrumental in updating the Engineer manual, and has organized, assisted, and instructed two fire academy programs.  As an Engineer, Steve took the lead on the driving and pre-trip portions of the Engineer exam and obtained “third party certifier” status with the NV DMV for testing personnel. He has actively been involved with creating the Probationary Firefighter and Engineer taskbooks, thus improving the consistency and quality of probationary and promotional applicants. He has served as an Acting Captain since 2013 and worked diligently on the District’s overtime tracking system.

Steve graduated from Douglas High School, attended classes at UNR and TMCC; began his career with the City of Upland as a firefighter technician, and joined the District in 2006.  Steve has an AA in Fire Science from Mt. San Antonio College, obtained his paramedic certification from Crafton Hills College, and has a BA in Disaster and Emergency Management.

Captain Prather will be assigned to C-Shift.

 Promotion – Robidart

robidartFirefighter/Paramedic Nick Robidart has been promoted to rank of Engineer, to fill the opening left by Captain Prather.

Nick was hired at Tahoe Douglas FPD in 2013 as a member of the first SAFER grant award, a class of thirteen new hires.  He has represented Tahoe Douglas FPD in the region as a single resource and as part of a strike team on numerous wildland fire assignments in the past five years.   He has also been active with public education programs in the district and has been working towards his AA in Fire Science.  Since the beginning of his employment with TDFPD, Nick has volunteered to assist in every promotional exam for the ranks of Engineer and Captain. These extra assignments gave him insight as to the expectations and desired skill levels that must be demonstrated for promotions.

Nick has a BA in International Relations from UC Santa Barbara with Spanish as a second language. He completed his EMT-B training at LTCC and attended NCTI of Roseville for paramedic school, ranking third in his class.

Engineer Robidart will be assigned to A-Shift. 

Congratulations Captain Prather and Engineer Robidart.

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Promotion - Battalion Chief

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Bryce has been with the District for 13 years, promoting through the ranks of Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer, and Captain. He has built experience by serving on special projects like the engine design team, working closely with our vendor and mechanic negotiating features, pricing, and delivery of the engine ahead of schedule and under budget. He has also been active with the EMS program as a paramedic preceptor and instructor, proctoring skills tests and streamlining our continuing education process.

Under his leadership, the District public education program has expanded with partner agencies and developed an excellent working relationship with our educators. With this responsibility, Bryce proved he can serve effectively in virtually any public education event. In 2011, Bryce's professionalism, compassion, and dedication to this community were acknowledged by the Tahoe-Douglas Rotary through their Community Hero Award.

In 2013, Bryce served as a Training Captain, which is a position designed to aid in coordinating the training efforts for 12 firefighters who were hired through SAFER grant funding. Bryce was placed in a leadership role at the Regional Fire Academy, responsible for the administrative functions of the 29 cadet academy. Following the successful academy, he was tasked with developing a curriculum for TDFPD's first Engineer Academy and Captain Academy that would provide consistent information and training opportunities for our firefighters. He took the lead in the subsequent Engineer and Captain tests developing locations, scenarios, score sheets, drill narratives, and scripts and coordinating resources.

He has developed and maintained excellent inter-agency relationships through his work with the Regional Fire Academy, his involvement with promotional testing at other agencies, and his strike team assignments out of district to aid our neighbors. 

Bryce is committed to teaching and mentoring others, leading by example, and maintaining a positive and professional attitude in even the most challenging, chaotic, and emotional situations.

He has earned a BS in Business Administration from SDSU, attended paramedic school with TMCC, and obtained an AAS in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. As a homeowner in the fire district and an active community volunteer, Bryce has become well known among our resident community.

Chief Cranch has assumed responsibilities for B Shift and the duties of EMS chief. We are proud and honored to serve our community with him.

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Governor's Proclamation - Burn Awareness Week

BURN AWARENESS WEEK - FEBRUARY 4-10, 2018

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Battalion Chief Nalder Retires After 37 Years of Service

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Strike Teams - Central Cal and Southern Cal

Whether in the fire district, or outside our region, the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District firefighters are happy to serve.

Strike teams are utilized by fire departments to loan out equipment and firefighters to communities in need. Theses teams can be a single resource like a paramedic or dozer boss; or an engine or a brush truck with 4 personnel. TDFPD sent a strike team to Santa Rosa/Napa last month. Strike team members were Battalion Chief Rich Nalder, Captains Bryce Cranch, Chris Lucas, Chuck Salerno, and Brian Zabel, and Firefighter/Paramedics Dusty Gooch and Greg Koeck.

Currently, we have seven firefighters in Southern California: Battalion Chief Rich Nalder, Captains Bill Romanowitz and Chuck Salerno, and Firefighter/ Paramedics Chad Baker, Derrick Bean, Ryan Pruitt, and Scott Vandover. 

 

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Tradition in the Fire Service

Tradition in the fire service runs deep and strong, and much of that tradition is shown during fire department ceremonies, such as the Regional Fire Academy Class 17-2 Graduation earlier this month. From the training, to the badges and helmets, to the firefighter's oath, and to aspects of the ceremony itself, there is plenty of tradition to be carried on through these new recruits careers. Below are more pictures from the Class 17-2 graduation ceremony and some of the traditions that were exhibited.

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Chairman Kirschner administered the firefighter's oath to FF/P Tajkowski during the graduation ceremony. While oaths vary greatly based on department, many of them call on the firefighter to uphold the Constitution and the state and to faithfully and impartially carry out the duties they are asked to perform in this profession.

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Fire Chief Baker and FF/P Tajkowski after being pinned with his badge. 

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Fire Chief Baker, FF/P Tajkowski, and Assistant Chief Antti. All TDFPD personnel perform their first year on a probationary status, and earn their official helmet shield upon successful completion of their first year and all required testing.

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Bagpipes are a tradition at many fire department ceremonies. Heath Burton, who graduated with Carson City Fire Department, played alongside bagpiper Sean Cummings while the colors were presented and while the recruits entered the ceremony. 

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Each agency involved in the academy provides a Recruit Training Officer. These personnel are in charge of all the training that is conducted to prepare the recruits for their careers in the fire service during the eleven weeks of the academy.

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Former Zephyr Crew Member Garrett Hekhuis also graduated from Class 17-2. He will be working for Carson City Fire Department, and he was pinned by his father Dave Hekhuis, who is a retired Battalion Chief from Tahoe Douglas and is currently a Battalion Chief at Lake Valley Fire Protection District.

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Another former Zephyr Crew Member, Anil Ratti, also graduated from Class 17-2 and will also be working for Carson City Fire Department. He was pinned by his wife Charlotte (pictured above).

Several recruits folded the large flag that was hanging over the cermony after it was complete.

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Congratulations to the fifteen graduates from Carson City Regional Fire Academy Class 17-2. 

 

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Regional Fire Academy Class 17-2 Graduation

Congratulations to the fifteen graduates from the Carson City Regional Fire Academy Class 17-2. The recruits endure eleven weeks of training to prepare them for their careers in the fire service. This graduating class had recruits from Carson City Fire Department, Central Lyon County Fire Protection District, East Fork Fire Protection District, North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District. 

Graduates:
Carson City Fire Department: Heath Burton, Justin Claman, Michael Cox, Nick Garcia, Garrett Hekhuis, Joseph Nolan, and Anil Ratti
Central Lyon County Fire Protection District: Cody Mandeville
East Fork Fire Protection District: Nathan Attaway
North Tahoe Fire Protection District: Scott Rice
Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District: Brent Tajkowski
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District: Shane Bohach, Derek Jackson, Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Rutter, and Anthony Schiro

Below are some pictures from the event.

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Celebrating Firefighter/Paramedic Brent Tajkowski's graduation from the Regional Fire Academy Class 17-2. From left to right: Assistant Chief Jim Antti, Fire Chief Scott Baker, Firefighter/Paramedic Brent Tajkowski, Battalion Chief Rich Nalder, Batallion Chief Todd Moss.

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The Tahoe Douglas family celebrating Firefighter/Paramedic Brent Tajkowski's graduation from the Regional Fire Academy Class 17-2.

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Firefighter/Paramedic Brent Tajkowski entering the graduation ceremony with Scott Rice from North Tahoe Fire Protection District. 

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The Honor Guard presents the flags at the ceremony. TDFPD Engineer Mark Norwood carried the Tahoe Douglas flag (second from the right).

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Honor Guard - Engineer Mark Norwood (fourth from the right).

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Honor Guard cords - Engineer Mark Norwood, who carried the Tahoe Douglas flag for the ceremony. 

 

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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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TEN YEAR SERVICE MILESTONES - ROSSI, PRATT, AND PETERSEN

CAPTAIN JUSTIN ROSSI

rossiIn the past ten years, Captain Rossi has consistently grown as a firefighter, as an athlete, and as a leader.  Rossi attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill on a full-ride scholarship for swimming.  While captain of the swim team, he was a Dean’s List student and an Atlantic Coast Conference All-Conference athlete. He earned his BA degree in Management and has since added his AA degree in Fire Science. 

Rossi joined TDFPD in 2007 and immediately served on the EMS Steering Committee and earned his certification as an EMS Instructor.  As a member of the Insurance Advisory Committee, Rossi researched and reviewed insurance proposals, which lead to the implementation of an H.S.A. plan saving the District money and protecting the coverage levels for the employees.  Rossi was a project leader for the fire hydrant maintenance and tracking, which then lead to the tedious project of the updating the manual map books.  Every new firefighter must memorize all the streets and the unique firefighting challenges that may exist in the various locations of the fire district.  Rossi meticulously maintains accurate map books for studying/testing, for quick reference when a resident calls the stations, and for a manual back up in all our equipment should GPS ever fail.  His interest and commitment to physical fitness has never wavered as he now bike rides competitively.

ENGINEER BEN PRATT

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Pratt also joined TDFPD in 2007, quickly gravitating towards the ongoing promotional examination program.  For each rank in the fire service, employees must complete required course work, study and master written exams, and then pass live situational scenarios.  As a new employee, Pratt took advantage of opportunities to serve as support personnel during theses exams.  Volunteering for these assignments gives employees a deeper understanding of what to expect when they desire to promote. Pratt then successfully promoted to Engineer in 2012. 

He has been very active with the IAFF Local 2441 serving on the Contract Negotiation Committee, which gained him insight as to how the Fire District tax revenues are distributed throughout the various District budgets.  He also eagerly participates in public education events like the school programs for boat safety, winter survival, and the Chamber Business EXPO in an effort to make sure our children and residents know that firefighters are here to help them.   His education was obtained locally through the TMCC Fire Academy and Paramedic programs.

ENGINEER BRAD PETERSEN

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Engineer Petersen has nearly 16 years of fire service experience, consisting of two seasons with the U.S. Forest Service, four years with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, and ten years with TDFPD.  He attended the Northern Nevada Fire and Rescue Academy in 2000, earned an AA degree from TMCC in Fire Technology in 2001, and completed the REMSA Paramedic program in 2009.  He was promoted to Engineer in 2015.

Petersen’s contributions to the District thus far have been as the Station Supply Manager working with vendors to order, deliver, and approve expenses for the station needs like paper products, cleaning supplies, and equipment; as an American Heart Association CPR Instructor teaching internal and external classes to his co-workers and the public;  and as a vendor liaison for computerized staffing programs to improve departmental overtime availability, acceptance, and tracking. He spent hundreds of hours testing, training on, and refining the software.  Currently, Petersen is serving as a Paramedic Preceptor and as the Uniform Coordinator.  The latter gave him an opportunity to design a new logo for the agency, and he continues to work with vendors on the selection and ordering of the firefighter daily uniform as well as the Local 2441 Union apparel needs.

We are proud to acknowledge their dedication and commitment to the residents and visitors of the fire district over the past ten years.

 

 

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Five Year Service Milestones - Fine, Reddig, and Vandover

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Tahoe local Kyle Fine (Center with son, Cash) considers it a privilege and an honor to serve and protect the beautiful basin where he grew up. Engineer Fine graduated from Incline High School, earned his AA in Fire Science Technology at TMCC, completed Cal Fire Wildland Academy and Northern Nevada Fire Rescue Academy, and graduated from the REMSA paramedic program. In 2012, he was hired as a firefighter/paramedic for TDFPD and promoted to Engineer in 2015. He possesses an exceptional mechanical aptitude and has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to stay calm and act decisively in hectic emergency situations. Fine has embraced his responsibilities as an Engineer and stepped up to keep maintenance and repairs running smoothly when a medical situation sidelined our mechanic. He was part of the apparatus team that reviewed the specs for a new fire engine that was just put into service this fire season. The committee spent hours reviewing our current equipment, other agency equipment, and new design options available from the manufacturer. The committee was also responsible for inspecting the engine periodically during the build. It gives him tremendous pride to be able to drive the engine he helped design and bring into service. 

As a Field Training Officer (FTO) at the Regional Fire Academy, Engineer Justin Reddig (right) is guiding the knowledge and skill development of the next generation of firefighters. Currently assigned to an intense ten-week fire academy, Reddig coordinates with FTO's from six other agencies to review curriculum, conduct physical conditioning, set up situations for skill testing, and prepare recruits for a broad field of training topics. He brings ten years of experience as a firefighter/paramedic and engineer to this position, and this is Engineer Reddig's third assignment as a FTO. Reddig began his career with the U.S. Forest Service as a wildland firefighter/EMT. He volunteered with Storey County as a reserve firefighter, and after completing the TMCC paramedic program in 2007, he was promoted to a full-time position. Reddig joined TDFPD in 2012, successfully working through his probationary year, then earning designations as a paramedic preceptor and dozer boss, and promoting to Engineer in 2015. 

Scott Vandover (left) came to TDFPD in 2012 as a highly skilled and knowledgeable paramedic having been involved in emergency services since 2005. This experience earned him the responsibility of acting as a paramedic preceptor while still on probation as a TDFPD firefighter/paramedic. Vandover has actively participated in creating a program and standard for EMT-Advanced firefighters and updating TDFPD medical protocols as needed. His instructor skills have been utilized to develop, administer, and evaluate testing scenarios for lateral testing of candidates. He also served as part of the team to launch a new Continuing Quality Improvement (CQI) process, which made substantial improvements in our medical care and charting. Firefighter/Paramedic Vandover represents Local 2441 on the Insurance Advisory Committee, Negotiating Committee, and the Post-Retirement Trust Board. He graduated from the Northern Nevada Fire and Rescue Academy and earned his EMT-Basic and Paramedic certifications as well as an AA in Fire Science from TMCC. Staying current on the ever-changing advancements in patient care is a high priority for Vandover, and he is constantly pushing himself and his crew forward. 

We are proud to acknowledge their dedication and commitment to the residents and visitors of the fire district over the past five years.

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This Week at the Fire District

FIRE ASSIGNMENTS

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The 2017 fire season has proven to be very demanding for the Western states with up to 40 fires burning at one point last month. TDFPD participates in mutual aid agreements that provide district resources to our neighbors in the Lake Tahoe Basin and Northern Nevada. TDFPD, in turn, receives similar support for fires within our district. Under these agreements, the TDFPD provides a structure engine or brush truck with a crew of four for inital attack and short duration fire assignments. TDFPD also receives requests for fire assignments up to 14 days for engine/brush crews and individual resources like dozer bosses, incident command team members, and fire line paramedics. The Zephyr Crew is a Type 2 Initial Attack hand crew of 20 members that can hike into remote areas with the equipment needed to cut fire lines and remove fuel in advance of a fire.

This summer, TDFPD personnel have responded to 45 out-of-district fires as close as Gardnerville and as far away as Utah and Arizona.

Why does the Fire District do this? Like many other fire agencies, TDFPD typically has up to 15 firefighters on duty. Stopping a wildfire quickly is critical, so the first priority is to get as many resources lined up as possible and ready to respond if needed. Secondly, while TDFPD responds to approximately 2,000 calls per year, eighty percent (80%) of these calls are EMS related. Responding to out-of-district fire provides critical live fire experiences for our personnel, giving them an opportunity to put their training to use and develop their skills to better serve our residents at home.

ENGINEER JOHNSON COMPLETED HAZARDOUS DEVICES - BASIC COURSE

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Engineer and EOD Technician Nathan Johnson (center) has completed Hazardous Devices School (HDS) - Basic Course and is a fully certified bomb technician. Nationwide, only ten percent (10%) of the bomb technicians come from the fire service, and Johnson attended the six-week course with 23 law enforcement and FBI technicians. 

Johnson identified the render safe procedures as the most interesting part of the training. The HDS training grounds simulate an actual bus station, farm house, hospital, and fire department where instructors set up situations for four-person technician teams to solve. For this aspect of the training, they are not permitted to use technology like computers and robots, and must rely on each other and manual techniques to solve the problems.

He explained that his training as a firefighter/paramedic lead him to approach a potential EOD situation from the perspective of what the chemical compounds could do to a human victim or the potential exposure risk from hazardous materials if detonated. Law enforcement and FBI trainees take a completely different approach. Enforcement leans towards dealing with how to secure the area and protect others, where the suspect who placed the item is and how to stop him or her, and how to secure the evidence and investigate following an explosion. Engineer Johnson appreciated the opportunity to gain insight from his law enforcement classmates, who good-heartedly gave him handcuffs and a badge to memorialize the course.

Johnson's parents, Elaine and Don Johnson, traveled from Durand, Michigan to attend the graduation ceremony at the FBI Hazardous Devices School at Redston Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama (pictured above).

ENGINEER APPLE ACKNOWLEDGED FOR 5 YEARS OF SERVICE

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Engineer Paul Apple has the unique distinction of being the only TDFPD employee to have been raised in the fire district and to have graduated from GWHS. Currently, he is serving as an engineer, which is the position responsible for safely driving the fire engine and providing water at a fire from the engine storage tanks or fire hydrants on site. An engineer's responsibility at a fire is to keep consistent and powerful water flow to the firefighters fighting the blaze.

Apple attended LTCC Fire Academy, received "Top Academic Awards," and was selected to speak on behalf of the class at graduation. To gain experience, he volunteered with Lake Valley Fire and South Lake Tahoe Fire establishing career relationships that continue to serve him today. His first position was with Lake County Fire in Clearlake, CA, which provided his most memorable call to date when he delivered a baby in the back of an ambulance. 

He says that he acquired his "dream job" in 2012 when he was hired with TDFPD and attended his third fire academy to learn Tahoe Douglas procedures. He has served as a paramedic preceptor, SCBA technician, Peer Fitness trainer, and member of the Honor Guard. This past spring, he completed 88 hours of Truck Company Operations training, which allows him to incorporate lessons learned into TDFPD ladder truck training.

Apple has four AA degrees in Fire Science, Health, Social Science, and Liberal Arts, and he is working towards his bachelor's degree. Shown here in full dress uniform for an Honor Guard presentation, we are happy to acknowledge his five years of service to the Fire District.

 

 

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GWHS Scholarship Awards - Class of 2017

GWHS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS - CLASS OF 2017 - ASPEN KIDD

GWHS graduate Aspen Kidd was awarded a $500 TDFPD scholarship for her continued education in the medical field. Her school activities included National Honor Society, Academic Team - captain, Key Club, Science Bowl - captain, S.T.E.M. Camp - mentor, and assisting other students as a math tutor. Kidd lettered in varsity volleyball for four seasons. She volunteered as a teaching assistant, Barton Hospital nursing assistant, at the annual Festival of Trees event, and worked the Hard Rock Marathon. Aspen graduated with a weighted GPA of 4.38 and passed all of her AP exams. 

Aspen spent six months in Spain, which ignited a desire to someday volunteer internationally. Her passion is journalism and she also aspires to become a novelist. Aspen is attending UNR this fall as an Honors Student with the prestigious Presidential Award, and she plans to acquire a degree in nursing.

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Pictured here (left to right) Fire Chief Scott Baker, Sean Noyes, Aspen Kidd, Jeff Kidd, and Fire Marshal Eric Guevin.

GWHS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS - CLASS OF 2017 - KAVEN PECK

peckRecipient of a $500 TDFPD scholarship, Zephyr Crew member Kaven Peck (center) is shown here with his parents, Steve and Eva Peck. Born and raised in Lake Tahoe, Peck was the youngest member of the Zephyr Crew this season, turning 18 in early June. While attending GWHS, Peck earned varsity letters for football and ski team for four years, and qualified individually for state ski team three times. He was selected for the Rotary Leadership Camp in the summer of 2016 and graduated with a weighted GPA of 3.3.

Entrepreneurship runs in the family. Mom, Eva, owns Bright Beginnings Day Care, and Dad, Steve, works at Edgewood Water and owns a landscaping business. Kaven has had a landscaping business for three years. To his credit, he was able to maintain Kaven's Landscaping client base this summer while working full-time with the Zephyr Crew and being out of district on fire assignments. Kaven is currently enrolled in EMS classes at WNC and plans to complete an EMT course next semester. He will work ski patrol through the winter. His long term goal is to become a structure firefighter. 

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER - PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The "Community Service - The Protection of Lives and Property Scholarships" that Kidd and Peck have received were provided by proceeds raised at the annual Firehouse Pancake Breakfast. The fire district maintains a Community Involvement Fund to provide educational scholarships to local students, assistance to fire victims, and support to families of firefighters recovering from injury or illness. The fund is 100% funded by donations.

New this year at the Pancake Breakfast is a blessing of the fleet by Father Oliver of Our Lady at Tahoe, TDFPD t-shirts and hats for sale, and refurbished fire hydrants for sale. 

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TDFPD Fire Flow Initiative Program

FIRE FLOW INITIATIVE

boatIn March 2017, the Board of Trustees approved a Fire Flow Initiative (FFI) program with the vision to expand capabilities for water supply and water rescue operations, to provide fire flow to underserved areas of the district, and to provide an alternative to private fire pumps.

Fire flow is required for Certificate of Occupancy at a minimum of 1,500 gallons per minute for 30 minutes when existing homes are remodeled or when new homes are built. Our fire district has 128 homes located in areas where fire flow is insufficient. Underserved areas are the locations where there is inadequate (fragile water systems) or no water (no hydrants) available for firefighting operations. Working together with homeowners and stakeholders, the Fire District has created a Fire Flow Initiative to address alternative resources to aid in fire suppression.

An independent Fire Engineer Report conducted in 2016 recommended a combination solution of a fire boat, water tender, and fire sprinklers with monitored fire alarm systems in each of these homes. A separate fund in the budget was created to accept donations and to apply fees from the homeowners involved to sustain the program in the future. The FFI program will aid in controlling costs and in standardizing service requirements and operations of the individual systems. 

If you would like more information on the Fire Flow Initiative, please contact Fire Marshal Eric Guevin at 775-588-3591. 

FIRE FLOW INITIATIVE - NEW FIRE BOAT

new boatAs part of the Fire Engineer's recommendation, the District has ordered a new fire boat, which is currently being built to our specifications in Wisconsin. The new boat will be equipped with a Skyhook digital anchoring system and joystick steering in the wheelhouse and on the bow, which are safety features that make piloting the boat earier during an emergency response. It will be capable of pumping 1,500 gallons per minute, is designed to allow anchoring on the beach and connection to standpipes. The boat willl have a fast response time, as it will be powered by twin 350HP Mercury Verados capable of traveling up to 45 mph. Other features are GPS, sonar, search lights, and Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR). Fallen Leaf Lake Fire has FLIR on their boat which they have used to assist Search and Rescue efforts in the water and on land by locating missing hikers from the water with the infrared. It will also have a landing-craft door, which lowers into the water for safer rescue of victims.

A project team of firefighters reviewed specifications for the design, will continue to monitor the construction, and will coordinate training when the boat is delivered in November. The cost of the boat is approximately $500,000 and has been paid for by donations and fees from homeowners opting to participate in the FFI program. The manufacturer, Lake Assault, said that the boat will be well-built and if properly maintained, should last 20 years.

PUBLIC SAFETY PIER

The boat will initially be docked at the Zephyr Cove pier in agreement with U.S. Forest Service and Aramark. Eventually, it will be moved to a new public safety pier; one of three approved by TRPA for Incline, South Lake, and the west shore - exact location TBD. The District will share the cost of the pier with four other agencies.

 

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TDFPD Growing in Experience and Professionalism

CHIEF MOSS APPOINTED TO HOMELAND SECURITY WORKING GROUP

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Battalion Chief/EOD Commander Todd Moss has been appointed to the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group. This committee has the responsibility to review state-wide policy decisions and grant requests for communications, mass medical equipment, cyber security and safety equipment. Organizations supported by these grants are typically hospitals, law enforcement, and fire service agencies for counties, cities and the state.

In the past four years, the Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad has acquired over one million dollars for bomb trucks, a total containment vessel, bomb suits, robots and EOD technician training.

 

 Engineer Darr Completed Hazardous Devices School

EOD.8Engineer/EOD Technician Will Darr has completed the Hazardous Devices School – Basic Course, which is a six week program conducted at the FBI Hazardous Devices School at the Red Stone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. Darr successfully tested for and was selected as an EOD technician trainee in 2014. Through this course, he trained and tested on EOD skills topics like render safe procedures, diagnostic equipment, demolition procedures and robotics to achieve his certification. Darr serves as member of the Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad, which is comprised of two Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and six TDFPD firefighters. The Bomb Squad conducts approximately 30 response calls and 65 pre-event sweeps per year in the Reno/Tahoe area.

 

CHIEF ANTTI ACHIEVES 25 YEARS OF SERVICE

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Assistant Chief Jim Antti (left) was recently acknowledged for his 25 Years of Service to the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District.  Shown here with Battalion Chief, Rich Nalder (right), Chief Antti became a volunteer firefighter while still in the Marine Corps.  He served our country as a Mountain Warfare Instructor and found that while teaching rock climbing, skiing and other outdoor survivor skills to combat troops, his desire to acquire medical training developed.  His wife Susan introduced him to East Fork Fire paramedics who provided EMT classes; they in turn recruited him to volunteer with EFF.  The only paid firefighter positions at the time in Minden/Gardnerville were paramedics, and he was sponsored by the volunteer programs in the valley to attend paramedic school.

His greatest sources of pride from his career are his 20 years of service as a Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad Tech and as the Bomb Squad Commander, as well as knowing that he works for a highly trained and professional agency and that through his leadership positions, he has been part of continuing the highly regarded reputation of TDFPD and its employees. 

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2017 Community Work Days

This summer, TDFPD will be conducting the 5th Annual Community Work Days program. We are looking forward to this year's Community Work Days and the opportubity to help residents create and improve defensible space. Please see the flyer below for more details and this year's schedule.

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Yard Waste Removal Options for the Spring and Summer

Is yard work on your schedule this weekend? Here are some options for discarding the pine needles and pine cones from our epic winter.

South Tahoe Refuse will pick up six 32 gallon bags of yard waste from May 23-25 for Nevada Customers,

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Spring open burning should be approved in 5-10 business days. A notice will appear here on this site.

Compost Your Combustibles for free dumping of yard waste at the Heavenly Boulder Lodge parking lot will be open from May 26-July 4.

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Curbside chipping will be available from the Zephyr Crew after May 24. Community Work Days will also be returning this summer. Watch this site for more information on dates and locations.

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Visit www.tahoefire.org/fuels-management or www.livingwithfire.info/tahoe for information on defensible space and fuels reduction.

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Recruit Bean takes Firefighter Oath at Regional Fire Academy Class 17-1 Graduation

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Recruit Derrick Bean took his firefighter oath at the Regional Fire Academy graduation in March. Fire Chief Baker looks on as the swearing in is administered by Board Trustee Ann Grant. Firefighter/Paramedic Bean was class valedictorian for the multi-agency graduation Class 17-1 of 22 recruits. Engineer Justin Reddig served as the Recruit Training Officer for this academy.

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Jones Promoted to Battalion Chief

NEWS RELEASE
February 23, 2017
Media Contact: Eric Guevin, Fire Marshal/Public Information Officer
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jonesThe 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.

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