Santa Engine Schedule

Happy Holiday Lake Valley Fire District! We have a Holiday Engine tracker. Click the link Santa Tracker. It can be slow to refresh in our District so please continue to look and listen for the engine. Below is the complete schedule.

December 11 – Echo View estates, Tahoe Mountain Road, Mule Deer Circle

December 12 – Lake Tahoe Blvd from Boulder Mountain Drive to Grizzly Mountain Drive

December 13 – West side of North Upper Truckee from Zuni Street Highway 50, Chiapa Drive

December 14 – East side of North Upper Truckee from Grizzly Mountain to West San Bernardino Ave.

December 15 – Christmas Valley from Highway 50 to Grass Lake Road

December 16 –North side of Highway 50 in Meyers (lower Apache, Magnet School), behind Station 7 (Cornelian Drive, Navahoe Drive, Cheyenne Drive).

December 17 – North of Pioneer Trail from Highway 50 to Elks Club (Southern Pines Drive, Tionontati Street, Meadow Vale Drive), Player Drive

December 18 – Upper Apache Drive and Mandan Street

December 19 – Pioneer Trail from Busch Way to Washoan Blvd (Glen Eagles Drive, Hekpa Drive)

December 20 – Pioneer Trail from Washoan Blvd to Jicarilla Drive (Apalachee Drive, Nadowa Street, Susquehana Drive)

December 21 – Kokanee Estates (Marshall Trail, High Meadow Trail)

December 22 – Golden Bear Trail, Meadow View Estates (Plateau Circle, Cattleman’s Trail)

December 23 – Cold Creek Trail, Del Norte Street, Black Bart from Pioneer Trail to Meadow Crest Drive

Firefighter/EMT (Open and Continuous Recruitment)

Competitive Entry Level Exam Announcement for:

Firefighter/ EMT

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District is a local government agency created and operated pursuant to California State Law; by the Fire Protection Law of 1987 – Health and Safety Code, Section 13801 through 13999. It provides 24-hour emergency fire, rescue, emergency medical services and other safety activities. A 5-member elected Board of Directors sets the District’s policies.

Lake Valley Fire Protection District serves the residents of El Dorado County in the Lake Tahoe Basin area. Our jurisdiction extends north to include Emerald Bay on Hwy 89, west to Twin Bridges on Hwy 50, south to the intersection of Hwy 88 and Hwy 89 in Alpine County, and east to the Nevada State line not including the City of South Lake Tahoe.

Job Description: This is a full time position working as a firefighter. This is a position represented by the current Memorandum of Understanding with the Lake Valley Professional Firefighters Association. The official job description is available on our website.

This job has a probationary period of twelve (12) months from the “date of hire.” During the probationary period, the employee must receive satisfactory evaluations and complete the “California State Firefighter 1 Certification” process. A probationary employee is an “at will” employee and may be terminated without cause.

The Firefighter engages directly in fire suppression, fire prevention education, rescue, hazardous materials, and advanced emergency medical services. Employees within this class are required to maintain a valid State of California Emergency Medical Technician License with El Dorado County Accreditation.

Wage and Benefits:

Salary Range: The current base salary step range is $5,534.32 to $6,494.70 per month.

Benefit Package: The benefit package is detailed in the Memorandum of Understanding with the Lake Valley Professional Firefighters Association. Benefits include vacation time, sick leave, compensatory time, retirement, and educational and insurance incentives.

Minimum Qualifications: All proof of minimum qualifications must be turned in with application by the application closing date.

  • *Minimum 18 years of age
  • *Current California Class C driver’s license or equivalent
  • *High School Diploma or equivalent
  • *Current CPR certification to the Health Care Provider level
  • *CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) completed after June 1st, 2022
  • *Current California or National Registry EMT
  • *California State Firefighter I or Certificate of Completion from an accredited fire academy
  • Proof of these documents must be provided with application

Desired Qualifications:

  • Local/El Dorado County Experience
  • CTESOA experience
  • Enrolment in an Accredited Paramedic Program

Application Process:

Applications are available at the Fire Station #7 Business Office located at 2211 Keetak St., South Lake Tahoe or online at www.lakevalleyfire.orgCompleted applications with resume, cover letter and proof of the above listed qualifications can be submitted via mail or delivered to the on-duty Battalion Chief at Fire Station #7 Business Office, 2211 Keetak Street, South Lake Tahoe, California, 96150 between 0900-1700 Hrs. All applicants meeting the “minimum qualifications” listed above will be notified by e-mail or telephone and given further details to participate in the testing process.

Testing ProcessThis is an open- continuous recruitment. The District will conduct testing on an as needed basis. Qualified applicants will be notified of testing information. Positions will remain open until filled.

Firefighter Written Examination and Skill Assessment

  • The written exam will be a timed, multiple-choice test from IFSTA Firefighter Essentials,6th ed. (Emphasis on chapters 5, 8, 12-17)
  • Applicants must pass the written exam with a minimum score of 70% to advance ● Firefighter skills will be based on California State Fire Training Firefighter 1A skill sheets

EMT Written Exam and Skills Assessment

  • The written exam will be a timed, multiple-choice test based on current National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians standards National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (nremt.org) ● Applicants must pass the written exam with a minimum score of 70% to advance ● EMT skills/scenarios testing based on National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians psychomotor certification standards ● Applicants must pass all of the Pass/Fail skills/scenarios testing stations to advance

Oral Interview

  • The oral interview will be a series of questions relating to the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant to perform the duties of a Firefighter/EMT.
  • Applicants must pass the oral interview with an overall average score of 70% to advance

Note: Applicants must successfully pass ALL sections of the exam process to be placed on the “Eligibility List.”

Hiring Process:

Lake Valley Fire District is committed to providing the highest-level of service to all customers we serve. We achieve this by staffing Advanced Life Support (ALS) fire engines and ambulances with El Dorado County Accredited Paramedics 24/7. Therefore, it is expected anyone hired under the Firefighter/ EMT job classification be enrolled in an accredited paramedic program within two (2) years of his or her “hire date.”

After testing has been completed, applicants will receive written notice of eligibility/ineligibility from the fire district. Eligible candidates will be placed on an “Eligibility List”. The eligibility list will be valid for two years from the date the list is established. When the fire district needs to fill a Firefighter position, the Fire Chief may select candidates from the eligibility list and conduct a Fire Chief’s Interview.

Following the formal offer of employment by the Fire Chief, the applicant must pass a drug test, comprehensive medical exam, psychological exam, and criminal background check. After successfully completing this final screening process, the Fire Chief will notify the applicant of their “date of hire.” Probationary Firefighters will receive training and orientation for the position prior to assignment. Job related training will continue throughout the probationary period and beyond.

Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Positive Attitude and Teamwork

2211 Keetak St., So. Lake Tahoe, CA. 96150 ∙ (530) 577-3737 ∙ Fax (530) 577-3739 ∙ www.lakevalleyfire.org

Firefighter/Paramedic (Open and Continuous Recruitment)

Competitive Entry Level Exam Announcement for:

Firefighter/Paramedic

(Open and Continuous Recruitment)

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District is a local government agency created and operated pursuant to California State Law; by the Fire Protection Law of 1987 – Health and Safety Code, Section 13801 through 13999. It provides 24-hour emergency fire, rescue, emergency medical services and other safety activities. The District’s policies are set by a 5-member elected Board of Directors.

Lake Valley Fire Protection District serves the residents of El Dorado County in the Lake Tahoe Basin area. Our jurisdiction extends north to include Emerald Bay on Hwy 89, west to Twin Bridges on Hwy 50, south to the intersection of Hwy 88 and Hwy 89 in Alpine County, and east to the Nevada State line not including the City of South Lake Tahoe.

Job Description: This is a full time position working as a Firefighter/Paramedic. This is a position represented by the current Memorandum of Understanding with the Lake Valley Professional Firefighters Association. The official job description is available on our website.

This job has a probationary period of twelve (12) months from the “date of hire.” During the probationary period, the employee must receive satisfactory evaluations and complete the “California State Firefighter 1 Certification” process. A probationary employee is an “at will” employee and may be terminated without cause.

The Firefighter/ Paramedic engages directly in fire suppression, fire prevention education, rescue, hazardous materials, and advanced emergency medical services. Employees within this class are required to maintain a valid State of California Emergency Medical Technician-Technician License with El Dorado County Accreditation.

Wage and Benefits:

Salary Range: The current base salary step range is $6794.70-7925.34 per month.

Benefit Package: The benefit package is detailed in the Memorandum of Understanding with the Lake Valley Professional Firefighters Association. Benefits include vacation time, sick leave, compensatory time, retirement, and educational and insurance incentives.

Minimum Qualifications: All proof of minimum qualifications must be turned in with application.

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Current California Class C driver’s license or equivalent
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Current CPR certification to the Health Care Provider level
  • CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) completed after November 1, 2021
  • Current California State Paramedic License or National Registered Paramedic (California         Licensed and local accreditation required within 60 days of appointment.)
  • *California State Firefighter I or Certificate of Completion from an accredited fire academy
  • Proof of these documents must be provided with a resume and application

           Desired Qualifications:

  • Local/El Dorado County Experience
  • CTESOA experience

Paramedic Qualifications:

● California Paramedic License or National Registry Paramedic at time of appointment with no open or             pending disciplinary actions, suspensions, revocation, etc.

● Must complete El Dorado County EMS Accreditation process within 60 days from “start date.”

Application Process:

Applications are available at the Fire Station #7 Business Office located at 2211 Keetak St., South Lake Tahoe or online at www.lakevalleyfire.org. Completed applications with resume, cover letter and proof of the above listed qualifications can be submitted via mail or delivered to the on-duty Battalion Chief at Fire Station #7 Business Office, 2211 Keetak Street, South Lake Tahoe, California, 96150 between 0900-1700 Hrs. All applicants meeting the “minimum qualifications” listed above will be notified by e-mail or telephone and given further details to participate in the testing process.

Testing Process: This is an open- continuous recruitment. The District will conduct testing on an as needed basis. Qualified applicants will be notified of testing information. Positions will remain open until filled.

Firefighter Written Examination and Skill Assessment

The written exam will be a timed, multiple-choice test from IFSTA Firefighter Essentials,6th ed. (Emphasis on chapters 5, 8, 12-17)

Applicants must pass the written exam with a minimum score of 70% to advance Firefighter skills will be based on California State Fire Training Firefighter 1A skill sheets

EMT-P Written Exam and Skills Assessment

The written exam will be a timed, multiple-choice test based on current National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians standards National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (nremt.org) Applicants must pass the written exam with a minimum score of 70% to advance Paramedic skills/scenarios testing based on National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians ALS psychomotor certification standards Applicants must pass all of the Pass/Fail skills/scenarios testing stations to advance

Oral Interview

The oral interview will be a series of questions relating to the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant to perform the duties of a Firefighter/Paramedic.

Applicants must pass the oral interview with an overall average score of 70% to advance

Note: Applicants must successfully pass ALL sections of the exam process to be placed on the “Eligibility List.”

Hiring Process:

After testing has been completed, applicants will receive written notice of eligibility/ineligibility from the fire district. Eligible candidates will be placed on an “Eligibility List”. The eligibility list will be valid for two years from the date the list is established. When the fire district needs to fill a Firefighter/ Paramedic position, the Fire Chief may select candidates from the eligibility list and conduct a Fire Chief’s Interview.

Following the formal offer of employment by the Fire Chief, the applicant must pass a drug test, comprehensive medical exam, psychological exam, and criminal background check. After successfully completing this final screening process, the Fire Chief will notify the applicant of their “date of hire.” Probationary Firefighters/ Paramedics will receive training and orientation for the position prior to assignment. Job related training will continue throughout the probationary term and beyond.

Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Positive Attitude and Teamwork

                    2211 Keetak St., So. Lake Tahoe, CA. 96150 ∙ (530) 577-3737 ∙ Fax (530) 577-3739 ∙ www.lakevalleyfire.org

Field Training: Fuels Treatments in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI): Lessons Learned from the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team

Friday, October 13th, 2023, 10:00am-5:00pm

 

This is an opportunity for the community of South Lake Tahoe to join the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team and Cal Poly’s Fuels and Vegetation Education Program for a field-based training that spans multiple fires in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Participants will learn how representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies worked together to form the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team with the goal of protecting lives, property, and the environment within the Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and engaging the public in becoming a Fire Adapted Community.

In this field training, we will visit several sites within the South Lake Tahoe community to better understand how the Gondola and Angora fires played a critical role in the outcome of the Caldor Fire. Participants will learn about how local fuels reduction projects helped to slow the spread of fire and decreased fire severity, protected resources, and ultimately saved lives, homes, and communities. The goal of this training is to provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about what  local agencies are doing  to prepare for and prevent wildfires in the Lake Tahoe Basin. This training is an opportunity for agencies to engage in skills-based advocacy building exercise with local community leaders in an effort to create consistent messaging within the community and grow the local network of Fire Adapted Communities.

Lake Tahoe Basin Field Training Flier

Agenda
TIME ITEM
10:00am Workshop begins
Angora Ridge Lookout
Chief Chad Stephen: Welcome
Chief Jim Drennan: Relationships & Collaborations
Martin Goldberg: Fire History
Mike Vollmer: Fire History Continued
Old Meyers Grade
Brian Newman: Christmas Valley and Caldor Fire Overview
Martin Goldberg: Community Teachings and Collaborations
Chief Jim Drennan: Stateline to Summit
1:00pm Working lunch at California Conservation Core Convention Center
2:00pm Pawnee Circle Neighborhood
Brian Newman: Living in a Fire Prone Community
Vic Lyon: Community Action Now vs. in the Past
Nadia Tase: Fuel Reduction Treatment Types in the WUI
Martin Goldberg: Treating State vs. Private Lots
Mike Vollmer: Open Space Management
Fountain Place
Vic Lyon: Timeline for Fuels Reduction Projects: Planning and Implementation
Nadia Tase: Treatment Impacts, Challenges, and Barriers
Brian Newman: Fuel Reduction in National Forest Land
Lower Corral Trailhead
Vic Lyon: Fire Severity Effects in Untreated Forest
Nadia Tase: Climate Change and Wildfire in the Sierras
Mike Vollmer: Fire Adapted Landscapes and Communities: Role of Good Fire
Martin Goldberg: Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)
Brian Newman: Ready, Set, Go Messaging
Kelly Meyer: Skills-Based Advocacy Building Exercise
5:00pm Field Training Ends

Trainers:

Brian Newman, Assistant Chief, CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit, East Division Operations, Lake Tahoe Ca.

Brian has worked for CAL FIRE for 29 fire seasons in the Amador – El Dorado Unit. He has been assigned to various programs including Schedule A and Schedule B fire suppression, Emergency Command Centers, and the unit Vegetation Management Program / Fuels reduction program. He Graduated from Cogswell Polytechnical College with a B.S. in Fire Management and Technology. Brian’s current position is the Assistant Chief of the East Division of AEU, which includes Lake Tahoe and Alpine County and a Fire Crew fire center. Brian is a member of CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 3 as the Fire Behavior Analyst and instructs on numerous cadres including Prescribed Fire Incident Commander, and the Fire Behavior series.

Nadia Tase, Climate Change & Forest Inventory Specialist, Fire and Resource Assessment Program, CAL FIRE

Nadia Tase is a Senior Environmental Scientist working for the Fire and Resource Assessment Program in CAL FIRE. She focuses on issues surrounding forest and harvested wood product carbon sequestration. Prior to working for CAL FIRE, Nadia worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit as a Forester preparing and implementing fuel reduction projects in the Tahoe Basin.

Victor Lyon, Vegetation Management Staff Officer, USDA Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Victor Lyon is currently the Vegetation Management Staff Officer at the USDA, Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, specializing in conservation biology, worked for three years with the Fish and Wildlife Service, and then joined the Forest Service in 2000 here in Lake Tahoe. Victor worked as a wildlife biologist for thirteen more years with the Forest Service, then as a District Ranger for five years, and in his current position since 2018. He grateful for the privilege and opportunity to continue managing forest health and fuel reduction projects with a holistic land stewardship approach on forest system lands and across ownerships with excellent partners in the Lake Tahoe area. Victor enjoys hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, rafting, snowboarding on our public lands.

Martin Goldberg, Fire Captain, Lake Valley Fire Protection District

Fire Captain Martin Goldberg has nearly 25 years in the fire service, having worked previously for San Luis Obispo County Fire / CALFIRE and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) before starting his career  with the Lake Valley Fire Protection District (LVFPD) in 2001. Captain Goldberg is currently assigned to the LVFPD  Prevention Division. Captain Goldberg holds a degree in Soil Science with a concentration in Environmental Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Captain Goldberg has actively  participated in the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) since its inception in 2008 and is recognized by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) as a qualified forester. Captain Goldberg has fostered defensible space and home hardening on private lands in South Lake Tahoe for close to 15 years.

Mike Vollmer, Executive Director, Tahoe Resource Conservation District

Mike Vollmer is the Executive Director at the Tahoe Resource Conservation District with a career spanning over three decades in natural resource management. He has worked in the Lake Tahoe region since 2001. Mike’s passion lies in preparing communities for wildfires, sustainable resource management, disturbance ecology, and restoration ecology (including prescribed fire). Mike is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) and Certified Arborist and has held key positions at organizations such as the Institute for Sustainable Forestry, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Nevada Fire Safe Council, North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Nevada Division of Forestry, and now at the Tahoe Resource Conservation District. In his role as Executive Director, Mike Vollmer combines his academic knowledge with practical experience, driving positive change in the realm of environmental stewardship.

UPPER APACHE NEIGHBORHOOD HAZARDOUS VEGETATION AND DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTION NOTICE

August 2023

HAZARDOUS VEGETATION AND DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTION NOTICE FOR UPPER APACHE NEIGHBORHOOD

To all Upper Apache Property Owners,

Your property is included on the Defensible Space Program inspection list for 2023. 

In collaboration with the El Dorado County Office of Wildfire Preparedness and Resilience, the Lake Valley Fire Protection District is conducting Defensible Space inspection in the Upper Apache neighborhood. The District is requesting your assistance in the creation of defensible space and fire hazard reduction on your respective property. The El Dorado County Defensible Space Program inspection criteria and associated guides are included here. To learn how to protect your home from wildfire, click here

FIRE HAZARD REDUCTION and DEFENSIBLE SPACE 

In accordance with El Dorado County Ordinance 5101, Chapter 8.09, improved parcels and designated unimproved parcels located in unincorporated El Dorado County are required to perform fire hazard reduction and defensible space clearance of at least 100 feet from all habitable structures. Lake Valley Fire Protection District Inspectors under a contract with El Dorado County will be conducting inspections in the Upper Apache neighborhood. Inspectors will attempt to meet with you while conducting inspections. If we are unable to leave a notice, a notice will be mailed to you. 

COMMUNITY MEETING

You are welcome to attend an informational meeting anytime between 6:00pm – 8:00pm on August 23, 2023. Please see location and address below:

Lake Valley Fire District Station 7

2211 Keetak Street
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

If you have questions for El Dorado County, please call 530-621-4663 or send an email to [email protected]. If you have any questions for Lake Valley Fire Protection District, Please call 530-577-2447 or send an email to Nathan Lester at [email protected].

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