Fire Chief's Message
South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue 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 Blvd, 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 Blvd.
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 is in the process of completing a comprehensive Standards of Cover document that will outline 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.
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 Wildland Fire Expo, participation in Firefest, countless school visits, fire extinguisher training and our annual Fire Station Open house. Our STAT South Tahoe Action Team participated in those events as well as completing a refresher this year.
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 trying to obtain funding for pre-positioning of local government resources for predicted events (wildfire, flooding, mudslides). 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.