Fire Rescue employees are expected to respond to a variety of incidents including structural fires, wildland fires, vehicle fires, emergency medical emergencies, hazardous material calls, and vehicle accidents as well as a variety of public service calls. Firefighters are required to comply with a variety of Federal and State mandates and trainings to provide the all-risk services provided to City residents and visitors. Training in the most cost efficient and practical way to prepare our firefighters to serve the community.
We place training as an extremely high priority within South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue. Training is the best and safest method to ensure competency from the probationary level to that of command and control. This program provides funding for ongoing safety training for firefighting, emergency response and safety within the Department, as well as, providing professional development to all personnel. This includes testing services for new and existing employees, travel costs in the form of meetings and seminars, and training materials for in-service, field and classroom settings. In 2013/14 the fire department entered into an agreement with the South Lake Tahoe Unified School District to rent a portable classroom on Lyons Avenue. Fire Crews are required to train 7 days per week and the classroom have become a vital component of our training regimen.