2024 Fire Season Restrictions

The State of California suspended Burn Permits in Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, Eastern Sacramento, and North-Eastern San Joaquin Counties as June 17, 2024. Per Lake Valley Fire local ordinance No. 2022-01, the District prohibits open burning on all lands within the District boundaries within 24 hours of the State restrictions.

Please see Ordinance Section 307.4.4 “Open Burning Restrictions” and Section 202 “Definition of Open Burning”.

Section 307.4.4 Open Burning Restrictions.  Open burning on all lands within the jurisdiction of the LAKE VALLEY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT (LVFPD), including the Local Response Area (LRA), is prohibited when the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) issues a burn suspension in the State Responsibility Area (SRA).  This prohibition shall be made effective 24-hours following its commencement in the SRA.

Open burning is also prohibited on all lands within the jurisdiction of LVFPD at any time the fire code official that atmospheric conditions or other local circumstances make such fires hazardous, including factors such as high winds, low fuel moisture, fire weather, the issuance of red flag warnings, the severe threat of wildland fire, or present risk of destruction by wildfire to life, wildlife, property, or natural resources.

SECTION 202 “OPEN BURNING”

OPEN BURNING.  The burning of materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber.  Open burning does not include road flares, smudge-pots and similar devices associated with safety or occupational uses typically considered open flames.  For the purpose of this definition, a chamber shall be regarded as enclosed when, during the time combustion occurs, only apertures, ducts, stacks, flues or chimneys necessary to provide combustion air and permit the escape of exhaust gas are open.

Open burning shall also include campfires, bonfires, portable outdoor fireplaces, ceremonial fires, and recreational fire as defined in the Fire Code.

            Exception:

  1. UL or ASMI listed LPG or natural gas outdoor flame devices, such as gas BBQ’s or gas fire pits that comply with the Fire Code.
  2. For one-or two-family dwellings, fixed or portable outdoor flame devices that meet the following:
    1. Devices shall comply with the Fire Code.
    2. Devices shall be used per the manufacturer’s specifications.
    3. Minimum 10-foot clearance from device to all flammable material and vegetation.
    4. No burning shall be conducted during high or extreme fire weather conditions (e.g., National Weather Service Red Flag Warnings).
  3. Campfires on private lands. Where required by the fire code official, a permit shall be issued by the fire code official.
  4. Ceremonial and/or religious burning with the following safety measures:
    1. Maximum 4-foot x 4-foot burn area.
    2. Minimum 10-foot clearance from the edge of the burn area to all flammable material and vegetation.
    3. An approved water supply is located within 500 feet of the burn area.
    4. The burn area is located no less than 30 feet from adjoining property lines.
    5. An adult is present with a shovel until the fire is extinguished.
    6. No burning shall be conducted during high or extreme fire weather conditions (e.g., National Weather Service Red Flag Warnings).

 

New Application to Emergency Management

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) is excited to announce that they have recently acquired Perimeter Platform to bolster their emergency operations and improve communication channels with the public during critical situations. In collaboration with local fire districts and Cal Fire, they’ve worked diligently with Perimeter to segment the County into named zones within this innovative online mapping program. These zone names have been carefully chosen to aid in community recall and facilitate swift action when needed.

Accessible via Perimeter Map (perimetermap.com), the platform provides a comprehensive array of vital information for residents. By simply enabling location services or entering your address, you can locate your position with a blue dot on the map, granting you instant access to critical data such as evacuation zones, routes, road closures, shelter locations, and more. We encourage everyone to take note of their designated zone for prompt action in emergencies.

Perimeter serves as a centralized hub for essential information during crises, particularly wildfires. No registration is required, ensuring accessibility for all. Furthermore, since our mapping covers the entire County, you can stay informed about evacuation orders across various areas. This feature can prove invaluable for assessing proximity to affected zones or monitoring the safety of loved ones residing elsewhere in the County.

It’s important to note that while Perimeter provides comprehensive mapping services, it is NOT an alerting platform. Emergency alerts will continue to be disseminated through El Dorado County Emergency Alerts powered by Rave. Nevertheless, they will include Perimeter’s link in the alerts to facilitate swift access to critical information. We encourage members of our community to bookmark the Perimeter website for rapid retrieval during emergencies. For instance, if you detect smoke in the air, a quick visit to Perimeter can provide clarity on evacuation statuses.

Please refer to the attached flyer for further details, and don’t hesitate to reach out to OES with any inquiries. OES can be reached at (530) 621-5895, by email at [email protected], or by visiting ready.edso.org.

Thank you for your attention to this important update. Together, we can enhance our preparedness and response capabilities to safeguard our community.

Notice of Vacancy on the LVFPD Board of Directors

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 the resignation of a Board Member. 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 1-year term beginning March 2024 and ending December 2024.

To apply, candidates must submit a letter of intent along with a current resume to the Lake Valley Fire Protection District, attention Chad Stephen by Friday, January 26, 2024 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, date to be determined, and will accept oral or written public input at that time, and select the appointee by a majority vote.

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

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