WELCOME TO THE NORTH TAHOE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
You can listen to our live radio traffic at Broadcasify.com and tune to 1630 AM on your radio
for emergency information and Red Flag Warnings.
Also, be sure to "like" us on facebook to receive informative posts.
While visiting our website, select our Press Releases section to see current Public Announcements.
Welcome to the North Tahoe Fire Protection District.
Thank you for visiting our website. I 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.
I sit at my desk today, mid-fire season; the basin is
full of drift smoke from regional fires. It reminds me of just how vulnerable
the Tahoe Basin is to wildfire. The USFS is currently running a public
information campaign, “One less Spark - One less
wildfire”. The message to our citizens is the adage, “Don’t be the Spark.” Fire is at hand in a myriad of ways, many
times as a result of human factors such as campfires, pile burns, BBQ’s,
smoking materials and vehicle related fires. Please enjoy our wildland
interface community while being extra cautious this season.
fall the Insurance Services Office (ISO) reevaluated the District’s structure
fire suppression capabilities and assigned a Public Protection Classification
(PPC) number to the community. ISO is an independent company that insurance
companies use to asses a community’s structure fire risk. NTFPD is an all-risk
Fire, EMS, Rescue agency and ISO only focuses on one aspect of our services,
which is protection of small to medium sized structure fires. A
change in classification has a direct effect on what our community pays for
fire insurance. It took an exceptional effort from the entire staff to develop
and implement a PPC enhancement plan that provided for the retention of our historical
Public Protection Classification of 4/8B; a Class 4 puts the District amongst
the top 25% of all California fire agencies. I would like to thank the
Board for their support, as well as the Chief Officers, Administrative,
Prevention and line-staff personnel along with our water companies for
contributing to this success. For additional information on the Insurance
Services Office (ISO) and how it effects 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 Releases 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 and during times of critical incidents within the District
tune into our very own local broadcast radio network Channel 1630 on your AM
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. Michael Schwartz
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.