Fire Chief’s MessageChief Savacool next to Engine 3

As Fire Chief of South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue, I would like to welcome and thank you for interest in our agency.  South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue was established in 1966, one year after the City of South Lake Tahoe was formed.  With a total of 36 firefighters, responding out of three fire stations, the fire department is proud to embody the mission statement of service to our community with compassion, professionalism and honor.

While South Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful locations in the world, it also holds a diverse range of challenges for first responders. To address these challenges the department maintains high levels of expertise in technical rescue, water rescue, forestry firefighting and structural firefighting. 

The department’s operational focus over the next several years is to continue building strong relationships with our neighboring fire districts, mentoring our staff, refining our rescue and firefighting skills, and supporting our police and ambulance services.

In addition to operational goals, the department is also focused on improving fire prevention efforts through regional programs, improving dispatch communications for both Police and Fire services, and working collaboratively with the City leadership to ensure a sustainable and efficient fire service model is maintained.

I thank the community, the City Manager and the City Council for supporting our fire department.  I invite you to visit our fire stations for a tour and to meet the amazing firefighters that epitomize the professionalism of the fire service and the friendly attitudes of the Tahoe Basin.  

Thank you for allowing me to serve,

Clive Savacool, Fire Chief

South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue

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 2021 Annual Report

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)