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Fire Administration Headquarters

2101 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150

Ph: (530) 542-6160
Fx: (530) 541-0634

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

Jeff Meston
Fire Chief

Annual Report
Click on the link below to read the 2015 Annual Fire Department Report.

2015 Annual Report

Lake Tahoe Basin Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Click on the link below to read this document

Lake Tahoe Basin Community Wildfire Protection Plan

See the video from the most recent Wildfire Safety Expo!

2015 Wildfire Safety Expo Video

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Fire Chief's Message
The Fire Department exists to support our community in a variety of ways both emergent and non-emergent, we believe by getting everyone on the same page we can increase our level of service to the community and provide for department wide cohesion.  This participatory management process empowered each member to take responsibility for outcomes at all levels. 

Based upon the guiding principles the following mission statement was developed and adopted by the members of the organization:

The City of South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue mission is:
“Serving our community with compassion, professionalism and honor”.

We achieve that mission with dedicated personnel staffing 2 fire stations with 2 type 1 engines staffed with 3 personnel, 1 squad and 1 Battalion Chief.  We also achieve that mission by following our guiding principles which are:

Guiding principles
We are committed to the protection of life, property and the environment at South Lake Tahoe

We believe the community, the pristine lake and the citizens and visitors are the reason for our existence

We will foster and sustain the trust of the community, and will consistently protect that confidence through our professionalism, competence, attitude, conduct and actions

We will serve our community with honesty, fairness and integrity

We will pursue safe, effective, timely, caring, standardized and economic solutions to our resident’s and visitor’s emergencies

We will provide professional, skilled and courteous customer service at all times

We will respectfully serve the needs of our community

I, as the Fire Chief then outlined for the personnel the following empowerment criteria to help improve the level of customer service provided to the public by the fire department: 

Each South Lake Tahoe Firefighter is empowered to:

Always attempt to execute a standard problem-solving outcome:

Is it the right thing to do for the customer?

Is it the right thing for our City?

Is it safe, legal, ethical and nice?

Is it something that would look appropriate to others?

Is it on your organizational level?

Is it something you are willing to be accountable for?

Is it consistent with our City’s mission, values and policies?

…. If the answer is yes to all of these questions, don’t ask for permission.