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Fire Restrictions Lifted & Open Public Burning Starts October 9th in Tahoe Township, Douglas Co.

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October 5, 2023

Contact: Michelle Turner

Public Information Officer

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Fire Restrictions Lifted & Open Public Burning Starts October 9th in Tahoe Township, Douglas Co.

October 9, 2023, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District has lifted the suspension of the use of solid-fuel and charcoal barbeques that has been in place in the Tahoe Township, Douglas County, Nevada.

In addition, effective October 9, 2023, outdoor burning is permissible. Permits for open burning of pine needles, slash piles, construction warming fires, and recreational fire pits are available Monday through Friday, free of charge. Please call 775.588.3591 to schedule an inspection and obtain a permit. Visit our website for more information.

Guidelines for open burning are:

  • Permit is valid for open burning only at the address listed and only for materials authorized.
  • Permit holder shall visit tahoefire.org prior to any burning activity to determine if it is an approved Burn Day.
  • No open burning is permitted on No Burn Days as determined by the Fire District.
  • Open burning starts at 6:00 a.m. and all piles must be extinguished by 3:00 p.m.
  • Provide a thirty-minute fire watch after extinguishing any fire.
  • Have a charged garden hose and hand tools nearby.
  • Keep pine needle and slash piles small and manageable.
  • An adult must constantly attend fire.
  • Clear a 25-foot radius noncombustible area around all fires.
  • Keep fires away from any overhanging branches.
  • Burning of household refuse, trash, cardboard, rubber products, tires, plastic, petroleum, construction debris, and other non-vegetative materials is prohibited.

Grilling Safety Tips:

All grilling appliances shall be used within the manufacturer’s guidelines and recommendations. Follow these simple safety tips when using solid-fuel, charcoal, or propane grills.

  • Propane, charcoal, and other solid-fuel grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed far away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

Charcoal Grills:

  • Charcoal grills are prohibited on combustible surfaces.
  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container. To obtain a free ash can, homeowners can download the Ash can Voucher. Vouchers are also available at Station 23, 193 Elks Point Rd. 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.
  • Click here for more information on the ash can program.

Propane Grills:

  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
  • Apply light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles.
  • If your grill has a gas leak, by smell, or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re- lighting it.
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REVERSE 911 - Register your cell phone, It could save your life.

Register your cell phone It could save your life.When natural disasters, community emergencies, or industrial accidents such as wildfire, floods, severe weather, chemical spills, or police action occur, local emergency responders send alerts through our emergency notification system. Reverse 911 is the most effective way to reach you and can target all residents in a community down to a single address.

To Register for douglas county, nevada reverse 911 please scan the qr code or visit: https://douglascounty.onthealert.com

For more information call 775.782.5126

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Spring Yard Clean-up Information

❀Spring Has Sprung❀

With warmer weather finally arriving in the Tahoe Basin, we know our Nevada residents are eager to start their property clean ups. Compost Your Combustibles, pine cone/needle recycling, will be open Monday,
May 22 through Friday, July 14 at Heavenly's lower Stagecoach parking lot. 
Below are some resources available NOW to start yard clean up projects and defend against wildland fire: 

TDFPD DEFENSIBLE SPACE EVALUATION
TDFPD will send one of our inspectors to your property to evaluate your defense zone, provide vegetation clearing suggestions and issue TRPA tree removal permits as needed. Defensible Space Evaluations are a FREE service to all TDFPD homeowners and can be booked on our website. 
Book a Defensible Space Appointment
SOUTH TAHOE REFUSE
GREEN WASTE DROP-OFF
South Tahoe Refuse offers FREE green waste drop off Mon-Sat from 8am-5pm. Customers must provide their resident service address at time of drop-off. Please bring GREEN WASTE ONLY; pine needles, pinecones, weeds, leaves, branches etc. If your load is boxed, bagged or canned, you will need to dump them out.
Green Waste Drop-off Location is:
2121 Eloise Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. 
Tahoe Douglas Fire is proud to serve our community with
Care, Professionalism, and Respect.
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FREE At-Home COVID-19 Tests Available

FREE AT-HOME COVID-19 TESTS AVAILABLE
 
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Stop by Monday - Friday from 8:00AM - 4:00PM to receive your FREE at home COVID tests provided by the State of Nevada.
 
Pick Up Location:
TDFPD Fire Station 23 (near Nevada Beach Campground)
193 Elks Point Road Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
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EOD Grant Announcement

 

                         
                                    

          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        

11 February 2021

(Zephyr Cove, Nevada) The Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad (TDBS) has been awarded a grant from the Office of Criminal Justice Assistance (OCJA), allowing for enhanced safety measures and improved recognition of energetic materials that present community hazards. The $11,665 grant award will purchase a Remote Firing Device (RFD) used in explosive material disposal operations.

The purchase of the new RFD allows the formation of the Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad disposal program. This program is being designed to safely dispose of energetic materials, including fireworks, commercial blasting materials, and gun powder, as well as any illegal seizures through law enforcement activities. The advanced technology of the RFD unit is interoperable and will allow for seamless integration of the Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad into federal, state, and local disposal operations and federal incidents and operations.

The Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad is a federally recognized Bomb Squad that is certified and trained through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The six Bomb Squad members receive additional annual and specialty training throughout the year in excess of the 328 hours required by statute. The TDBS is one of four Bomb Squads within the State of Nevada and is a member of the Northern Nevada Bomb Technician Federal Task Force (NNBTFTF) that includes all four of the Bomb Squads, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).

The Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad responds to requests for service nationally, as well as its contractual and jurisdictional boundaries in Nevada of Douglas and Lyon counties, the State Capital of Carson City, and all associated legislative and judicial branches, and in California, the City of South Lake Tahoe.
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Firefighter Feature - New Recruits III

FIREFIGHHTER FEATURE 

Welcome to the Tahoe Douglas Fire Family!

We're proud to introduce our a few of our new firefighters...

Firefighter/Paramedic
Joseph Fording

Began working in EMS in 2012, as an EMT-Basic working special events for the City of Reno. After earning his EMT-Advanced certification, he joined REMSA were he was promoted to field training officer (FTO).  In 2015, Fording joined the Nevada Army National Guard, becoming a medic. Upon completion of his initial training, he was assigned to the state Medevac Unit, completed Critical Care paramedic school and was certified as a Flight Medic. In 2017, FF/PM Fording was hired by Wimberley EMS as a paramedic, and served with the United State Army Guard in Texas for three years. Fording and wife Leah are parents to two young boys and reside in Reno.

FF Fording has been assigned to
B-Shift ST23 with Captain Fine and FTO Gump.
 
 

Firefighter/Paramedic
Corey McCarthy

Lake Tahoe Basin local, FF/PM McCarthy graduated from South Lake Tahoe High School, earned a A.S. degree in Fire Technology and received his paramedic certification in from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. Corey volunteered with Mount Shasta Fire Department and was a seasonal firefighter with Cal Fire Siskiyou Unit in Yreka, CA. He worked as an firefighter/EMT with  San Luis Obispo County Fire and served  as a paramedic with San Luis Ambulance.

FF McCarthy has been assigned to C-Shift ST23 with Captain Zabel and FTO Dennis.


 

Congratulations!

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Firefighter Feature - New Recruits II

 

FIREFIGHTER FEATURE 

Welcome to the Tahoe Douglas Fire Family!

We're proud to introduce our

a few of our new firefighters...

Firefighter/Paramedic
Joseph Fording

Began working in EMS in 2012, as an EMT-Basic working special events for the City of Reno. After earning his EMT-Advanced certification, he joined REMSA were he was promoted to field training officer (FTO).  In 2015, Fording joined the Nevada Army National Guard, becoming a medic. Upon completion of his initial training, he was assigned to the state Medevac Unit, completed Critical Care paramedic school and was certified as a Flight Medic. In 2017, FF/PM Fording was hired by Wimberley EMS as a paramedic, and served with the United State Army Guard in Texas for three years. Fording and wife Leah are parents to two young boys and reside in Reno.

FF Fording has been assigned to
B-Shift ST23 with Captain Fine and FTO Gump.
 
 

Firefighter/Paramedic
Corey McCarthy

Lake Tahoe Basin local, FF/PM McCarthy graduated from South Lake Tahoe High School, earned a A.S. degree in Fire Technology and received his paramedic certification in from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. Corey volunteered with Mount Shasta Fire Department and was a seasonal firefighter with Cal Fire Siskiyou Unit in Yreka, CA. He worked as an firefighter/EMT with  San Luis Obispo County Fire and served  as a paramedic with San Luis Ambulance.

FF McCarthy has been assigned to C-Shift ST23 with Captain Zabel and FTO Dennis.


 

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Firefighter Feature - New Recruits

FIREFIGHTER FEATURE 

Welcome to the Tahoe Douglas Fire Family!
We're proud to introduce our new firefighters...


Firefighter/AEMT

Joseph AlmeidA

My name is Josef Almeida, I was born and raised in the Carson Valley, and graduated from Douglas High School in 2013. Shortly after graduating, I joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Eustis, VA. After finishing, my enlistment in the military I moved back home and began my EMT and AEMT courses. The summer after completing my AEMT, I spent working for NDF on their Wildland engines based out of Washoe Valley. At the end of that fire season, I began working for REMSA, and a few months later started paramedic school where I am currently in my internship. I was recently married in June of last year to an amazing woman, and we are expecting our first child this summer. I am extremely blessed to have been given the opportunity to work for the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, it has been a lifelong dream come true. I could not be more excited to be a part of this department and am looking forward to the next 30 plus years.

FF Almedia has been assigned to A-Shift ST24 with Captain Redding and FTO Tajkowski
 


Firefighter/AEMT

Cade Bolton

My name is Cade Bolton, I've wanted to be in the fire service since I was a kid. My dad is a firefighter and I spent a lot of time around the crews and the station growing up, so it has always been part of my life. After high school, I went to Oregon and was hired by South Lane Fire as a resident Firefighter/AEMT. While there, I earned my AAS in Prehospital Medicine and gained training and experience. I knew I wanted to come back home at some point, and had applied for a FF position through the Northern Nevada F.I.R.E. Consortium in 2019; was lucky enough to get a phone call from TDFPD last year. I am very grateful to have such a unique career at such an awesome department, and I am hoping to hone my skills and become truly great at this career.

FF Bolton has been assigned to A-Shift ST23 with Captain Norwood and FTO Looney
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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.
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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
STAY TUNED TO UPCOMING BLOG HOW TO PREPARE FOR 
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

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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.
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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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

 

- NO -

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.
For more information State Laws on Fireworks.
 
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Blood Drive June 2020 - Relocation to Kahle Community Center

Blood Drive 6.30.20 Kahle Community Center Relocation

For more information visit vitalant.org

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Red Flag Warning

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Red Flag Warning Middle v1
Red Flag Warning Bottom

Today's Red Flag Warnings

 

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Keep Practicing Responsible Recreational Activities

Keep Practicing Responsible Recreational Activities v.1

Learn more and visit TakeCareTahoe.org

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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."

WTW flyer 2020

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

Practice Responsible Recreation 2020

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Happy Memorial Weekend

Memorial Weekend COVID 19 2020

 

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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

Homeowner Resource Guide 2020 Blog

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

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What Nevadans Can Do To Help

Battle Born Medical Corps Flyer

Servnv.org 
Be Prepared, Get Involved Volunteer!

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COVID-19 HOTLINE

COVID 19 Hotline Website Blog Post

GethealthyCarsonCity.org

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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.

COVID 19 Fire Fighters Responding Photo

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.

Baker Signature
Scott Baker, Fire Chief

COVID 19 Hotline

Resources
please visit the following websites for additional information:

Carson City Health and Human Services
CDC

Douglas County NV
EM:RAP


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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

 Radon Blog 2020 Image

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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 Acad.19.2.grad.140 Chief Baker thanking the regional fire academy training officers with challenge coins.

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
probationary helmets.

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

Text to 911

 For more information Click Here! 

 

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TDFPD New Payment Option

Point Pay Blog 3

MAKE A PAYMENT

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BLOOD DRIVE

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For more information visit: tahoefire.org

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TDFPD will accept all major credit card payments!

Point Pay Blog

  • For your convenience, TDFPD will soon be adding debit card and credit card payment options.
  • Online payments for the following items: plan review, VHR re-inspection, merchandise.  
  • Processing will be available on our website as well in person. Watch here for the go-live information!

If you have any questions, please contact Tahoe Douglas Fire at (775) 588-3591.

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Job Posting | Accepting Applications 2020 Zephyr Crew

Zephyr Crew Info Card 2019

Ready to Apply?

Take the next step toward joining our team! Complete your application today.

Apply Now

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Employment

Office assistant/fire board secretary

Description

Under close supervision, performs a variety of general clerical duties including typing/word processing, office reception and answering phone; files and performs errands, internally and externally, of an official nature for other office staff. Serves as the first interface with the public during normal business hours and interacts to provide a variety of services as it relates to the fire district.

Experience and Training

Any combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. A typical way to gain the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is:

Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent and six months of general clerical experience performing a variety of office clerical tasks, including the use of a computer; or any combination of training and experience that would demonstrate the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.

Required Certifications and Licenses

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license or alternate means of travel;
  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain Incident Command Systems (ICS) 100 and 700; and
  • CPR certification within six months of hire.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Salary Range: $17.00 an hour to start with annual step increases

Benefit Package:   After wait period full medical, dental, vision for employee and dependents premiums 100% by the fire district. Life and AD&D insurance; and NV PERS retirement also paid 100% by the fire district. NV Deferred Comp and Cafeteria Plan (optional).

Application Period:   Friday, October 8, 2019 to Friday, November 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm Pacific Time

Application packet must include cover letter, resume, application and Applicant Affirmative Action form.

Applications may be obtained at:     

193 Elks Point Road – Station 23
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448

 or online at: http://www.tahoefire.org/about/employment

Business hours are 0800-1200, 1300-1700; see Mikayla, Carrie or Kate.

Application packets should be emailed to: Kate Warner, Office Manager @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Once the recruitment has been open for ten(10) business days, the fire district reserves the right to close the recruitment process prior to the initially posted deadline if a sufficient number of qualified applications are received. To ensure thorough review of application materials, applicants are encouraged to apply as early in the process as possible after the recruitment is posted.

 The fire district reserves the right to close the application process and not fill the position if a sufficient amount of qualified applications are not provided. The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

Incomplete applications and packets will not be considered; the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District has the right to refuse any/all applications. The recruitment is officially closed when the job announcement is removed from the Tahoefire.org website.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District is an equal opportunity employer. Federal and State laws prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or on the basis of disability.

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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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Compost Your Combustibles is open for the season

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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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TAHOE DOUGLAS COMMUNITY SAVING LIVES WITH BLOOD DRIVES

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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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JOB OPENING - FIRE PREVENTION SPECIALIST

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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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2017 Year in Review

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