Tahoe Douglas Fire News

New Fire Chief




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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