Fire Chief Message

Fire Chief Steve Leighton

Chief Schwartz

Steve Leighton is the Fire Chief of the North Tahoe Fire and Meeks Bay Fire Protection Districts, serving the north and west shores of Lake Tahoe, and the communities in Alpine Meadows. Chief Leighton is a 29-year veteran of the fire service.

Chief Schwartz

2022 Spring Update

Welcome to the North Tahoe Fire Protection District.  I am honored to serve as your Fire Chief and to lead the brave men and women dedicated to providing the highest possible level of fire and life safety to the communities we serve.

Despite our quick burst of storms in April, the final snow survey of the 2022 water year on April 29 was canceled due to a lack of any measurable snow at the Phillips Station near Echo Summit.  The National Weather Service for Environmental Information reported the January-April precipitation in California was the lowest on record dating back to 1895.  This unanticipated drought is a concern for staff due to the potential for wildland fires.  Staff will be prepared.

Crews have been busy training and preparing for wildland season by completing Wildland RT 130 refresher training ahead of what looks to be a busy season.  The training focuses on operations and decision-making issues related to fireline safety to help crews recognize and mitigate risks.  It also addresses maintaining safe and effective practices to reduce the chance of accidents on the fireline.  The District recently hosted the Tahoe Basin Overhead Refresher at Station 51 and had a great turnout from our neighboring jurisdictions. In addition, it is that time of year when all staff starts to prepare for submitting our 2022/2023 fiscal year budget.  The priority-driven budget process has proven to be a success while allowing all members of staff the ability to participate in the process.

Easter presented the opportunity for staff to provide landing zone coordination for the Easter Bunny’s delivery via helicopter, compliments of Careflight.  This event kicked off the annual Tahoe City PUD Eggstravaganza at the golf course.  We enjoy participating in community events and welcome opportunities in the future.

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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 email me or call me at (530) 583-6911.


Steve Leighton, Fire Chief

North Tahoe Fire Protection District (NTFPD) was formed in 1993 with the consolidation of the Tahoe City Fire Department (Est. 1941) and North Tahoe Fire (Est. 1957).  NTFPD provides service via contract to the Meeks Bay Fire Protection District (2014), to the community of Alpine Meadows (2006), and provides ambulance transport for the community of Olympic Valley.