Notice of Vacancy on the Lake Valley Fire Protection District Board

Lake Valley Fire Protection District Notice of Vacancy and Intent to Appoint Director

The community served by the Lake Valley Fire Protection District (LVFPD) is hereby notified pursuant to Government Code §1780 that there is a vacancy on the Lake Valley Fire Protection District Board due to failure to elect. The appointee will represent the community served by the Lake Valley Fire Protection District as a Board Director. The position to be filled is a 4-year term beginning December, 2022 and ending December, 2026. 

To apply, candidates must submit a letter of intent along with a current resume to the Lake Valley Fire Protection District, attention Kayla Galvan by Friday, October 7, 2022 by 5:00 PM. 

Eligibility:

Any person who is 18 years of age or older, a registered voter and resident of the Lake Valley Fire Protection District, and who is not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state from holding office, is eligible to be appointed a member of the Board of Directors.

Interviews:

The Board of Directors will interview prospective candidates at a public meeting on October 13, 2022, accept oral or written public input at that time, and select the appointee by a majority vote.

Mosquito Fire Information and Important Links

The Mosquito Fire started on September 6 at 6:00 PM near Oxbow Reservoir, 3 miles east of Forest Hill, in Placer County. The fire continues to burn in brush and timber in very steep and rugged terrain. The cause in under investigation and no containment date has been set. Your Lake Valley Firefighters are actively involved in monitoring the situation and are prepared to assist our neighboring departments if necessary. For the very latest information, please click, bookmark and follow the links to updates and resources listed below.

INCIDENT UPDATE LINKS

For current fire status, click on any of the following links:

https://www.edcgov.us/wildfire/Pages/Mosquito-Fire.aspx

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8398/

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2022/9/6/mosquito-fire/

 

For an interactive map, click on the following link:

https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/07930e6e8f034ae4bba71e8bfedb2779/page/Sheriff-Evacuations-PCSO/?fbclid=IwAR2HbpUkNtavnJUBsGngoWgQtLGqN2SmTMA4zxFKWTsXq–XM9Am7H1-BMI

LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES & RESOURCES

For local social media updates on the evolving situation, you may also want to follow: 

https://www.facebook.com/CALFIREAEU/

https://www.facebook.com/eldoradosheriff

https://www.facebook.com/LakeValleyFire

https://www.facebook.com/SouthLakeTahoeFireRescue

EMERGENCY ALERTS

If you have not signed up yet, you can receive emergency alerts, by signing up with the following entities:

El Dorado County at http://ready.edso.org

City of South Lake Tahoe: https://www.cityofslt.us/list.aspx

Placer County: www.placer-alert.org

WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS

Be safe, be prepared and go to the following links for more information:

https://www.tahoelivingwithfire.com

https://www.readyforwildfire.org

AIR QUALITY RESOURCES

For air quality information, go to: 

https://www.airnow.gov/

Competitive Entry Level Exam Announcement Firefighter/Paramedic

Competitive Entry Level Exam Announcement

Firefighter/Paramedic

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 distinguished from the Firefighter by the possession and maintenance of a state of California Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic License with El Dorado County Accreditation.

Wage and Benefits:

Salary Range: The current base salary step range is $6794.707925.34 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, 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
  • *Current CPAT Card (Candidate Physical Ability Test) after July 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

* Must be provided with 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 pending or open disciplinary actions, suspensions or 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 are due by October 14th, 2022 No applications will be accepted after the closing date. Applications and proof of the above listed qualifications must be delivered to the on-duty BC at Station #7 Business Office, 2211 Keetak Street, South Lake Tahoe, California, by 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: (October 26th, 27th and 28th, 2022. Time and location TBD)

Physical Ability Test

  • Current CPAT card required, no physical ability test will be conducted by the Lake Valley Fire Protection District.

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

Paramedic 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 80% to advance

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 FF/PM 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 Firefighter Paramedics will receive training and orientation for the position prior to assignment. Job related training will continue throughout the probationary term and beyond.

Wet Down Ceremony Monday August 29, 2022 at 10 am at Station 7

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District (District) welcomes into service a new 2022 Rosenbauer Commander apparatus during a wet-down ceremony on Monday, August 29 at 10 a.m. at Fire Station 7. The public is invited to attend. Donuts, coffee and refreshments will be provided. A wet-down ceremony is a tradition celebrated by fire departments to commission new fire apparatus by anointing it with water sprayed from the retiring fire engine. The ritual dates back to the late 1800s when newly commissioned horses would be washed along with the pumper at their assigned firehouse and then backed into the firehouse bay. “We are excited to mark our 75th year with the purchase of a new fire engine and would like the community to understand the value and improved service delivered with this new equipment,” said Interim Fire Chief Chad Stephen.

The new 2022 Rosenbauer Commander is the first of its kind in the fleet. The new apparatus, designated Engine 7, has a 600 horsepower Cummins diesel motor and an Allison 4500 six speed transmission on a Marmon Harrington 4×4 chassis. The engine holds 750 gallons of water and is capable of pumping over 1500 gallons per minute. To reduce the cancer risk to firefighters, Rosenbauer developed a clean air cab and installed an in-cab recirculation air scrubber.

During the ceremony, we will be retiring our 1997 HME fire apparatus that until last week provided first out response in the District. The HME served our District for 25 years as Engine 7, Engine 6 and later Engine 5 our reserve. The HME responded to hundreds of fires in its history including the Angora Fire and most recently the Caldor Fire. The HME has been one of our longest serving and most dependable fire engines in our 75 years of history.

“We’re very excited to introduce the 2022 Rosenbauer Commander to the Lake Valley Fire Protection District. It brings the right mix of advantages and capabilities for our ever changing community and environment, said Fleet Manager and Fire Mechanic Andrew Sessions.”

The Key to Evacuating Quickly and Safely is Preparation

The Key to Evacuating Quickly and Safely is Preparation

Contact: Jamie Roice-Gomes, Living With Fire Program Manager  Jamier@unr.edu

As record drought and elevated wildfire conditions persist, the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) reminds residents and visitors to develop an evacuation plan for your family and pack a Go-Bag before the next wildfire.

Emergency responders follow carefully designed evacuation plans that consider all factors when implementing evacuation orders. When asked to leave, it’s crucial to evacuate quickly and safely — preparing for evacuation ahead of time is the best way to ensure a safe, successful evacuation. One way to prepare is to pack a Go-Bag.

 “When it comes to evacuation, planning ahead is always a good idea,” said Fire Marshal, Eric Guevin, from Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District. “Be prepared to act fast because time matters, and it could be a matter of life and death or loss of property.”

Choose a Go-Bag(s) that can be easily lifted into your vehicle and has room for necessary items to last a minimum of 72 hours up to two weeks. Rolling suitcases, backpacks and cloth shopping bags are good choices. Once packed, practice loading the Go-Bags into your vehicle and drive potential evacuation routes with family and pets to ensure you’re prepared and able to evacuate quickly.

Some items to pack into evacuation Go-Bags include:

  • Enough medication for a minimum of 72 hours up to two weeks
  • Lists of prescriptions and their dosages, prescription numbers, medication names, prescribing physicians, and pharmacy names and contact information
  • Bottled water for a minimum of 72 hours up to two weeks
  • Non-perishable foods that don’t require preparation or refrigeration such as nuts, trail bars, jerky, and cereal
  • NIOSH N95 or P100 masks for wildfire smoke
  • Important documents
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Supplies, water, food and medications for pets, including pet carrier(s)

For a more comprehensive list and helpful ways to prepare for the next wildfire evacuation, please visit https://www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/ and view the Wildfire Evacuation Checklist or the Wildfire Evacuation Checklist in Spanish, Instrucciones Para Evacuar En Caso De Incendios Forestales.

About the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team

The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, CAL FIRE, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, University of California and Nevada Cooperative Extensions, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the USDA Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy, and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our Mission is to protect 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.

For more information, visit https://www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/

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