Fire Chief’s Message

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South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue is an all-risk Fire Department serving the citizens of South Lake Tahoe.   We currently provide Advanced Life Support service from three Fire Stations in the City.

Engine 1, Truck 2 and Engine 3 are staffed with a Captain, Engineer and Firefighter/Paramedic.  Ambulance transport services are provided by our partners at CalTahoe JPA from a centralized station near the Senior Center in the middle of town.  Through the support of our City Council and the Community we were able to reopen Fire Station 2 in March of 2020 to better serve the Al Tahoe area of South Lake Tahoe. This additional staffing has improved public safety, firefighter safety, response times, as well as the overall operation of the fire department.  

The mission statement of SLTFR is to serve our community with compassion, professionalism and honor. In addition to our mission statement we identified our top 3 daily priorities.  The first is to provide excellent customer service on every event that we respond to.  We are also committed to training our personnel every day.  Lastly, we have committed ourselves to maintaining a high level of fitness in order to serve the community and maintain their investment in us.

Aside from our commitment to the City of South Lake Tahoe we are also involved in the regional area as well as at the state level.  Through the Lake Tahoe Regional Fire Chiefs Association we have agreements in place for immediate mutual aid during large events.  This allows all fire departments in the Tahoe Basin as well as partners immediately adjacent to share resources at a moment’s notice.  This couldn’t have been illustrated better than during last year’s Caldor Fire.  Beyond our regional boundaries SLTFR is also a cooperator at the State level by way of the California Master Mutual Aid Agreement.  It is through this agreement that we are able to send resources all over the state as well as into Nevada to large wildfire events.  Last year our personnel were committed to fires all over northern California as well as here at home.

As a direct result of the catastrophic fires in the last several years SLTFR is partnering with all south shore police and fire agencies to address evacuation plans, fuel reduction as well as initial response to any fire that would threaten the south shore.   This has been an ongoing effort and will continue to be a high priority for SLTFR.

SLTFR also recognizes that we have a responsibility to plan and project the emergency needs of the City and adapt to changes in the built environment as well as the challenges brought on by climate change.  To that end we have built a business plan to address the immediate fiscal needs to manage our budget responsibly.  We have also built a strategic plan which has outlined the direction of the fire department and how we intend to maintain and/or improve our service level to the city.   Lastly, we were able to complete an exhaustive Standards of Cover document in the Fall of 2018 which looks at the makeup of the City in an objective way.  Through this document the City Council was able to make informed decisions about the level of fire protection within our city and determine what our acceptable risk is. These documents are available on the website and we encourage our citizens to read them.

SLTFR would like to thank our City Manager, City Council and our Citizens for their tireless support.   It is truly our honor to serve this community.

Fire Chief Jim Drennan

Welcome to South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue!

Welcome to the web pages for South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue. You will find useful information about the fire department organization, educational materials, and tips for fire safety.

Mission Statement:

Serving our community with compassion, professionalism, and honor.

Standards of Cover document

Standards of Cover 2018

Annual Report

Read the 2022 Annual Report

Strategic Plan 2017-2022

Read the Strategic Plan 2017-2022 (PDF)

Read our Business Plan 2017 (PDF)

Read our Career Development Guide (PDF)

Lake Tahoe Basin Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Read the Lake Tahoe Basin Community Wildfire Protection Plan (PDF)

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