The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District (TDFPD) is career fire department located on the south/east shore of Lake Tahoe. TDFPD is the largest fire department in the Lake Tahoe basin, employing 45 line personnel, 7 chief officers, an administrative assistant, and a mechanic. TDFPD protects and serves the Douglas County Nevada portion of Lake Tahoe, covering 17.3 square miles. (Map may be viewed by following this link http://www.tahoefire.com/docs/TDFPD%20Boundaries.pdf ) Although the community has a permanent population of approximately 7,500 residents, the daily population is estimated at 50,000 people with peak periods exceeding 100,000.
Tahoe Douglas Fire epitomizes the “all risk” fire department. In addition to fire suppression we provide advanced life support paramedic service, vehicle extrication, water rescue, high and low angle technical rescue, hazardous materials response, explosive ordinance disposal (bomb squad), and inclement weather rescue (ice and snow).
Our service area includes high rise hotel/casinos; extensive time share and condominium developments; commercial and warehouse centers; high, medium and low density residential areas; several large estates; and an extensive urban wildland interface/intermix problem with many areas built near and among dense forest areas.
The Fire Chief has the overall responsibility for all aspects of the District's operations and functions as the chief executive and financial officer overseeing the annual budget.
The two Assistant Fire Chiefs assume the role of fire chief in his absence with one assigned as the Administrative/ Training Chief, and second as the District's Fire Marshal assuming all fire prevention and public education responsibilities.
The three Battalion Chiefs each supervise one of three 15-person shifts on a 48-hour basis and serve as the Operations, Training/Safety and Support Service Chiefs. A fourth battalion chief administers our fuels reduction program.
The Administrative Assistant serves as the confidential assistant to the Fire Chief and is responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations.
A full time mechanic works out of the vehicle maintenance shop located next to the Zephyr Cove Fire Station.
The Tahoe Douglas Fire District is governed by a five member elected Board of Trustees who serve four-year terms. The Board meets monthly on the fourth Monday of each month. The Board sets the monthly agenda, which is available publicly three business days prior to the meeting.