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The month of April is a time that historically has signified spring in the Basin and when we shift our attention to the upcoming fire season.  It is also a time that allows us to look back and reflect upon the prior year and the milestones we have achieved. It is with milestones in mind that I present this year's Annual Report to our constituents.  Our hope is that you find this report both informational and educational as to the District's programs and operations in support of our mission statement.

Emerging out of the Great Recession of 2007, North Tahoe Fire as an organization is now better equipped for any changes that may occur within our economy, environment and communities. There is no question that these were dark times that presented particularly difficult issues. As an organization we learned that more can be accomplished with less through partnerships, collaborations and alliances than on our own. This awareness has lead to a cultural shift, whereby we place the needs of our partners at par with our own and acknowledge as a system we are only as strong as our weakest partner. The remarkable accomplishments of 2014 are a tribute to this agile culture and the post-recession North Tahoe and Meeks Bay Fire functioning as a High Performing Organizations (HPO).

Following the retirement of the Meeks Bay Fire Chief and a series of constructive meetings with both District’s Board of Directors and labor groups, the announcement came in April 2014 that North Tahoe Fire Protection District and the Meeks Bay Fire Protection District had entered into a mutual aid agreement whereby North Tahoe Fire would provide fire services management and related services to Meeks Bay Fire. This agreement, built on a foundation of mutual aid, is a model for improved interoperability, resources sharing and increased public safety service delivery. 

In concert with the Meeks Bay agreement came a series of agreements between North Tahoe Fire (Tahoe City, CA) and North Lake Tahoe Fire (Incline Village, NV), forming a forest fuels management strategic alliance. Since fire knows no boundaries we needed a fuels management program that doesn’t either. Not only has this alliance allowed us to provide a multijurisdictional curbside chipping program to communities along the north and west shores of Tahoe and Alpine Meadows, it also provides fuels management treatment for acres of open space and keeps local a fire crews available within the Basin. This four-way cooperative alliance becomes five when you add in our state partner CAL FIRE which brings inspectors, foresters and an additional fire engine into the District (2380) along with their access to vast ground and air suppression resources.

Based upon a theory of being operationally consolidated, North Tahoe Fire and Truckee Fire continue to share knowledge by collaborating on mutually beneficial projects and partnering together in regional grants opportunities. This mirrors the relationships we have with neighboring agencies that include Northstar Fire, Squaw Valley Fire, and North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District.

High Performing Organizations recognize that as our mission and services evolve, so must our tools and apparatus. As I’m completing this report, members of the apparatus committee are returning from Nesquehoning, PA where they conducted mid-point inspections of our two new KME fire engines. With the expected arrival of these two engines in June, North Tahoe will have completed the first phase of an apparatus plan that supports a more responsive and modern fleet. 

As if all of this weren’t enough for one year, the districts implemented Lexipol™ which is the leading provider of state specific policies and verifiable training.  Using Lexipol™, we completely updated our Rules and Regulations, Standard Operating Procedures, and adopted a new mission statement, “The North Tahoe Fire Protection District provides the highest possible level of fire and life safety, rescue and emergency medical service, fire prevention and public education to the citizens and visitors of the communities we serve.” These transformations have provided a more robust yet efficient public safety agency serving the communities of the north and west shores of Lake Tahoe2015 promises to be just as interesting!!

The North Tahoe Fire Protection District would like to thank you for visiting our website.  We hope you find the site a reflection of our organization’s and community values.  It is our goal to readily provide the information and services that our citizens and customers need to efficiently interact with the District online.  Websites, like organizations, are never really complete but are continually evolving based on the needs and feedback we receive from visitors like you – so let us know if you are unable to find what you are looking for or have ideas to improve our ability to serve you.  You may send your comments to
Take a few minutes and tour our website to learn more about what’s currently happening in the District. Start in the 
About Us section and then visit the Board of Directors area to see meeting times, agendas and past minutes.  Breaking news can be found in our Press Releases section and the rest of the site is filled with relevant community safety and educational information for residents and visitors alike.  If you like to stay current right up to the minute I suggest you follow us on Facebook or Twitter and during times of critical incidents within the District tune into our very own local broadcast radio network Channel 1630 on your AM dial!
All members of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District are here to serve you every hour of every day.  If you have any questions regarding the District or the services we provide, please do not hesitate to call me at (530) 584-2318 or email me at
Michael Schwartz joined the North Tahoe Fire Protection District as its Fire Chief in 2012, after serving 29 years with a neighboring fire agency.  Along with his wife Jean, they have been a part of the Lake Tahoe community since 1978, raising four children and participating in many local community organizations.