During the cold winter months here at Lake Tahoe, ponds, small lakes, and streams can become very dangerous when iced over. Tahoe Douglas has risen to the challenge by purchasing equipment and providing training to employees for ice rescue. The program started with two of our members attending ice recue training in Colorado and sharing the knowledge with the rest of the department upon return.
Currently, the entire department has been trained in the basic operations of ice rescue so that in the event of an emergency, personnel and equipment can be quickly deployed to perform a rescue. There are currently two engines (Engine 25, Engine 23) that carry ice rescue suits, boards, and retrieval ropes.