The District fleet is a critical part of our response to any emergency. Fire Mechanic II/III Joe Parle and Firefighter/EMT Scott Baumgardner keep our apparatus ready to respond.
The District has six ambulances. Our newest ambulance is configured with a square patient compartment instead of the traditional tapered patient compartment; this provides employees with more room for patient care and more space for emergency equipment storage.
Type 1 Engines
The District has six Type 1 engines (5 in service and 1 in reserve). These engines hold 750 gallons of water, 2,150 feet of hose and, depending on the particular engine, come equipped with a 24 foot extension ladder, 35 foot extension ladder, 10 foot attic ladder or 14 foot roof ladder. Thanks to funding from the Truckee Tahoe Airport District, two Zoll X-series Advanced Monitor/Defibrillators were put into service in March 2022, helping North Tahoe Fire to achieve our goal of making all five our of Fire Engines Advanced Life Support (ALS Paramedic). This vital ALS gear allows us to provide ALS Paramedic care to our constituents and visitors if one of our engines arrives at the scene of an emergency incident before an ambulance.
Type 3 Engines
The District has two Type 3 engines. These engines have off-road capability and are primarily used for wildland fires. One of the District’s Type 3 engine recently returned from a month long wildland assignment in Northern California.
The District has one Air Trailer, funded by FEMA, that is used to fill the firefighter’s SCBA tanks. In 2007, the Air Trailer was used during the Angora Fire.
The District has one Water Tender. The Water Tender holds 2,500 gallons of water and is utilized when there is a lack of good water supply or no available hydrant systems.
The District has two snowmobiles and a rescue sled used during off-road winter rescues. The snowmobiles were generously donated by Dave Cerutti of Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours.
The District has two UTVs equipped with advanced life support equipment and medicines and is utilized for back country rescues and during special events.