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Following a third year of drought, much of the Western United States is now exposed to a never-ending fire season.  Local, state and federal fire agencies from around the basin are urging residents and visitors to prepare themselves and their homes for fire season.  A good wildfire preparedness resource is the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) program.  Start today, by focusing on Ready, activities which can be found at

The North Tahoe Fire Protection District is fully engaged in getting our communities “Ready” for a protracted fire season too.  The District’s Residential Chipping service begins May 16th; chipping service will be provided in cooperation with North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District’s Slide Mountain Hand Crew (Incline Village, NV).  Besides providing fuels management and chipping services within the District, Slide Mountain will be available for local fire responses as well.  The District is a recipient of a 2013 FEMA, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant.  With this grant nine additional firefighters began their training in late April, and will be deployed on June 1st, just in time for peak fire season.  In other fire season news: North Tahoe Fire welcomes CAL FIRE (NEU) Engine 2380 back into the District for the summer; Engine 2380 is housed at NTF Station 55 in Carnelian Bay. CAL FIRE provides direct protection of all state lands and is an integral partner in our community’s wildfire protection and emergency response.

North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire are pleased to announce that they have entered into a mutual aid agreement for “Fire Services Management and Related Services” whereby North Tahoe Fire will provide chief services formerly provided by the MBFPD Fire Chief.  This partnership will ensure continuity of emergency services as well as increased public safety to both Districts.  North Tahoe Fire is honored to partner with MBFPD, together serving the citizens of the west shore.

The North Tahoe Fire Protection District thanks you for visiting our website.  We hope that 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.

Insurance Services Office (ISO) collects and evaluates information from communities on their fire suppression capabilities and assigned a Public Protection Classification (PPC) number of 4/4Y to our community.  Class 4 applies to properties within 5 miles of a fire station and 1000 feet of a fire hydrant.  The remainder of the District is Class 4Y; Class 4Y is a special classification that recognizes a superior level of fire protection services, but no credible water supply (hydrants).  Class 4 puts the District amongst the top 25% of all California fire agencies.  ISO is an independent company that insurance companies use to asses a community’s structure fire risk;, a change in classification has a direct effect on what our community pays for fire insurance.  For additional information on the Insurance Services Office (ISO) and how it affects fire insurance rates go to or contact your local insurance agent.

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 Release 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.