Following a third year of drought, much of the Western United
States is now exposed to a never-ending fire season. Local, state and federal fire agencies from
around the basin are urging residents and visitors to prepare themselves and
their homes for fire season. A good
wildfire preparedness resource is the International
Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) program. Start
today, by focusing on Ready, activities
which can be found at http://www.wildlandfirersg.org.
The North Tahoe Fire Protection District is fully engaged in
getting our communities “Ready” for a protracted fire season too. The District’s Residential Chipping service
begins May 16th; chipping service will be provided in cooperation
with North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District’s Slide Mountain Hand Crew (Incline
Village, NV). Besides providing fuels
management and chipping services within the District, Slide Mountain will be
available for local fire responses as well. The District is a recipient of a 2013 FEMA, Staffing for Adequate Fire and
Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant. With
this grant nine additional firefighters began their training in late April, and
will be deployed on June 1st, just in time for peak fire season. In other fire season news: North Tahoe Fire welcomes
CAL FIRE (NEU) Engine 2380 back into the District for the summer; Engine 2380
is housed at NTF Station 55 in Carnelian Bay. CAL FIRE provides direct
protection of all state lands and is an integral partner in our community’s
wildfire protection and emergency response.
North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire are pleased to announce
that they have entered into a mutual aid agreement for “Fire Services Management
and Related Services” whereby North Tahoe Fire will provide chief services
formerly provided by the MBFPD Fire Chief. This partnership will ensure continuity of
emergency services as well as increased public safety to both Districts. North Tahoe Fire is honored to partner with
MBFPD, together serving the citizens of the west shore.
The North Tahoe Fire Protection District
thanks you for visiting our website. We hope
that you find the site a reflection of our organization’s and community values.
It is our goal to readily provide the
information and services that our citizens and customers need to efficiently
interact with the District online. Websites,
like organizations, are never really complete but are continually evolving
based on the needs and feedback we
receive from visitors like you – so let
us know if you are unable to find what you are looking for or have ideas to
improve our ability to serve you.
Insurance Services Office (ISO) collects and evaluates information from
communities on their fire suppression capabilities and assigned a Public
Protection Classification (PPC) number of 4/4Y to our community. Class 4 applies to properties within 5 miles
of a fire station and 1000 feet of a fire hydrant. The remainder of the District is Class 4Y;
Class 4Y is a special classification that recognizes a superior level of fire
protection services, but no credible water supply (hydrants). Class 4 puts the District amongst the top 25%
of all California fire agencies. ISO is
an independent company that insurance companies use to asses a community’s
structure fire risk;, a change in classification has a direct effect on what
our community pays for fire insurance. For additional information on the Insurance
Services Office (ISO) and how it affects fire insurance rates go to www.iso.com or contact your local insurance agent.
Take a few minutes and tour our website
to learn more about what’s currently happening in the District. Start in the About Us section
and then visit the Board of Directors area
to see meeting times, agendas and past minutes.
Breaking news can be found in our Press Release section and the rest of the site is filled with
relevant community safety and educational information for residents and
visitors alike. If you like to stay
current right up to the minute I suggest you follow us on Facebook or Twitter and
during times of critical incidents within the District tune into our very own
local broadcast radio network Channel 1630 on your AM dial!
All members of the North Tahoe Fire Protection
District are here to serve you every hour of every day. If you have any
questions regarding the District or the services we provide, please do not
hesitate to call me at (530) 584-2318 or email me at Schwartz@ntfire.net.
joined the North Tahoe Fire Protection District as its Fire Chief in 2012,
after serving 29 years with a neighboring fire agency. Along with his wife
Jean, they have been a part of the Lake Tahoe community since 1978, raising
four children and participating in many local community organizations.