Welcome to South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue!

Welcome to the web pages for South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue. You will find useful information about the fire department organization, educational materials, and tips for fire safety.

Mission Statement:

Serving our community with compassion, professionalism, and honor.

Standards of Cover document

Standards of Cover 2018

Annual Report

Read the 2018 Annual Fire Department Report

Read the 2017 Annual Fire Department Report (PDF)

Read the 2016 Annual Fire Department Report (PDF) 

Read the 2015 Annual Fire Department Report (PDF)

Strategic Plan 2017-2022

Read the Strategic Plan 2017-2022 (PDF)

Read our Business Plan 2017 (PDF)

Read our Career Development Guide (PDF)

Lake Tahoe Basin Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Read the Lake Tahoe Basin Community Wildfire Protection Plan (PDF)

See the 2015 Wildfire Safety Expo Video

Chief Meston Photo

Fire Chief's Message

South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue (SLTFR) exists to support our community in a variety of ways both emergent and non-emergent. We currently operate out of two fire stations, Station1 located on Ski Run Boulevard, and staffed with Engine 1, which is a paramedic engine company with 3 personnel and Battalion 3.

Station 3 is located on Lake Tahoe Boulevard, near the “Y” and is staffed with Engine 3,which is a paramedic engine company with 3 personnel and Squad 3 our light rescue utility staffed with 1. The City also maintains a training facility located on Rufus Allen Boulevard.

SLTFR has adopted 3 daily priorities which include providing outstanding customer service on all calls for service, commitment to daily training of our personnel and finally, a commitment for everyone to remain fit for duty including daily fitness training. These items are essential for a fire agency to serve its community.

SLTFR has completed a comprehensive Standards of Cover document (please see Standards ofCover 2018) that outlines our community in terms of fire and disaster threats and compare that with our current capability. This document will allow our City Council to make an informed decision about the levels of fire protection within our City, and determine what our acceptable risk is. We encourage our Citizens to read this comprehensive document.

One of the City-wide functions that the fire department is responsible for is managing the City’s Emergency Operations Center. We accomplish that task by providing Incident Command Training and  exercises for the City Staff and also providing South Tahoe Action Team training (similar to CERT) to our community, led by Captain Kim George. Our goal is to have 50 volunteers training and refreshed annually. This program focuses on “neighbor helping neighbor” training.

Public Education continues to be a priority within the organization, and Captain Al Martinez leads that effort with our Wildfire Safety Expo, numerous public education events at our schools, the Treat Street Halloween event,participation in Firefest, fire extinguisher training, stop the bleed campaign, CPR training for groups and businesses and our annual Fire Station Open House. Our (STAT) South Tahoe Action Team participated in those events as well as completing an annual refresher.

SLTFR continues to provide leadership at the State level as well as around the Tahoe basin with our involvement in FIRESCOPE and the California Fire Chiefs Association. Our current efforts include successful completion of State funded pre-positioning of local government resources for predicted events (wildfire, flooding,mudslides). The Lake Tahoe region benefitted from that pre-positioning during red flag events in 2018. SLTFR commits to participation in our Statewide Mutual Aid System (whenever staffing allows) by sending engines to participate in the Lake Tahoe Regional Fire Chief’s Association commitment to the XTB as well as individual qualified personnel as needed.

SLTFR is committed to having well trained, fit firefighters to respond to our community and visitors emergencies. We accomplish this with Compassion, Professionalism and Honor. Our goal is to attempt to execute a standard problem solving outcome for all of our emergency response.

Thank you to our City Manager, City Council and Citizens we serve; it’s an honor to be your fire department, and to meet your changing needs.

Jeff Meston
Fire Chief