Fire Chief's Message
South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue exists to support our community in a variety of ways both emergent and non-emergent. 2016 was a banner year for accomplishments that truly changed the delivery of fire and life safety within the City. We will look back on 2016 as the year of reorganization for SLTFR. Though support of the City Council and City Manager we were able to transition out of the ambulance transportation system, turning our temporary employees over to the Cal Tahoe Executive Director. SLTFR still responds with paramedic engine companies to calls within the City, but now has a reliable firefighting force that is no longer subject to Interfacility Transfers, which was a requirement of providing ambulance service.
We tested for and promoted 3 Battalion Chiefs, BC Drennan, BC Koeppen and BC Spencer, and began our 4 week training process to ensure that they have all the skills and abilities to lead a dynamic fire organization. We bid a farewell to Captain Marty Creel and Captain Kenin Fairley. We wish them well in their retirement.
We tested for and promoted 3 Fire Captains to replace vacancies, Captains Martinez, George and Monday. They began their 2 weeks of specialized training to ensure that we move our organization in a positive and professional direction.
We filled a vacant Engineers spot with Mike Taormina, and Firefighter/Paramedic Trent Renner returned to the organization per our reinstatement policy.
Public Education continues to be a priority within the organization, and Captain Martinez led 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.
In 2016 our City Council granted us a replacement fire engine, and the new engine will take approximately 1 year for delivery. This will replace a first line engine that has over 150,000 miles.
SLTFR stepped up and participated in a variety of Wildland Fire Assignments throughout the State, we could not have made this possible without our members sacrificing time away from their families to fight these fires or cover our fire stations, I am truly grateful to the families of the members for their sacrifice this summer.
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