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  • Welcome to Lake Valley Fire Protection District

    Welcome to Lake Valley Fire Protection District

    It is the mission of the Lake Valley Fire Protection District to protect our community, its people, and environment, by providing the highest level of fire suppression, emergency medical, disaster, hazardous materials, and fire prevention Read More
  • Operations Division

    Operations Division

    The mission of the Operations Division is to protect our community's people, property and environment by conducting aggressive emergency operations to mitigate threats caused by fire, medical emergencies, hazardous materials, and disasters. Read More
  • Fire Prevention Division

    Fire Prevention Division

    The mission of the fire prevention division is to protect our community's people, property and environment by preventing emergencies through providing inspection, plan checking, and fire and life safety education services. The Fire Prevention Division Read More
  • Fire Adapted Community

    Fire Adapted Community

    A Fire Adapted Community acknowledges and takes responsibility for its wildfire risk, and implements appropriate actions at all levels. Actions address resident safety, homes, neighborhoods, businesses and infrastructure, forests, parks, open spaces and other community assets Read More
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Lake Valley's Firefighter of the Year

Lake Valley's Firefighter of the Year

**South Lake Tahoe, California***

March 7, 2016

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District (LVFPD) is proud to announce Dusty LaChapelle as the District’s Firefighter of the Year and one of the Tahoe-Douglas Rotary Club’s Community Hero Award recipients. The Community Hero Award recognizes local police, fire professionals, and others in the community who embody the Rotarian motto, “Service Above Self.” The award will be given March 11, 2016 at the Tahoe-Douglas Rotary St. Patrick’s Celebration at Harrah’s.

Dusty LaChapelle is a South Lake Tahoe native who has been involved in the fire service since the year 2000. He began his career with CalFire as a seasonal firefighter and then transitioned to Pioneer Fire as a firefighter/paramedic where he was quickly promoted to Captain. After eight years with Pioneer Fire, Dusty returned to South Lake Tahoe to work as a firefighter/paramedic with LVFPD in 2013. He chose to return to South Lake Tahoe with his wife, Megan, to raise their two small children in the place he is happy to call home. Both Dusty and Megan, a nurse at Barton Memorial Hospital, are active members of the community and proud to serve area residents and visitors alike.

As a member of the LVFPD, Dusty has embraced the District’s mission and values. He constantly strives to “Do the Right Thing” and works tirelessly to help those around him. With this award, Dusty is choosing to help fund the education of aspiring future fire fighters while honoring a fallen comrade, Mitch Underhill, by donating $1000 to the Mitch Underhill foundation.

Please join the Tahoe-Douglas Rotary and the Lake Valley Fire Protection District in thanking Dusty LaChapelle and all local heroes in their selflessness dedication to keeping our community safe.

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Lake Valley Fire Easter Egg Hunt

Lake Valley Fire Protection District Presents Community Easter Egg Hunt!  Bring your camera to pose with Easter Bunny and a Fire Truck!

Tahoe Paradise Park

Sunday, March 27th

Starts at 9am

Family fun for all ages!

Find the Golden Eggs to win a PRIZE!

Call 530.577.3737 for more info

pdfDownload the flyer here...2.84 MB

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Job Announcement - Firefighter/Paramedic

Competitive Entry Level Exam and Job Announcement For:

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 Fire District has a residency requirement which must be met within sixty days of the “start date”. 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 $7,132.34-7948.41per 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  (birth certificate)
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Valid CPAT Card (Candidate Physical Ability Test)
  • Current CPR Card
  • California State Firefighter 1 or Certificate of Completion from an accredited fire academy
  • Basic Wildland Firefighter (FFT2: I-100, L-180, S-190, S-130)
  • Valid California or Nevada Class “A or B Commercial Driver’s License or Class C” Drivers License with Firefighter Endorsement and associated printout of current DMV Record of Violations, and acceptable risk as determined by fire district’s insurance carrier.

Paramedic Qualifications:

  • Current: California Paramedic License or National Registry Paramedic at time of appointment with no pending or open disciplinary actions, suspensions or revocation, etc. by the application deadline.
  • Must complete El Dorado County EMS Accreditation process within 60 days from “start date”
  • Minimum two years’ work experience as a paramedic for an ALS agency that provides the primary emergency medical response for a 9-1-1 service area.

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 and proof of the above listed qualifications are due by March 18, 2016. No applications will be accepted after the closing date. Applications and proof of the above listed qualifications must be delivered to Administrative Assistant Kileigh Labrado at the 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 and given further details to participate in the testing process.

Testing Process:

Physical Ability Test

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

Written Exam

  • The written exam will be a timed, multiple-choice test from IFSTA Firefighter Essentials, 6th ed.
  • Applicants must pass the written exam with a minimum score of 70% 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.
  • The oral interview panel will consist of a LVFPD Battalion Chief, Captain, and FF/PM.
  • Applicants must pass the oral interview with an overall average score of 80% to advance

Paramedic Skills

  • The written exam will be a timed, multiple-choice test based on El Dorado County EMS Policies and      Procedures found at this website: www.edcgov.us/Government/EMS/Policies___Procedures.aspx
  • Applicants must pass the written exam with a minimum score of 70% to advance
  • Paramedic skills/scenarios testing based on El Dorado County EMS Policies and Procedures
  • Applicants must pass all of the Pass/Fail skills/scenarios testing stations to advance

Hiring Process:

After testing has been completed, applicants will receive written notice of eligibility/ineligibility from the fire district by mail.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.

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Adopt a Hydrant Program

Adopt a Hydrant Program

***South Lake Tahoe, California***

February 2, 2016

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District announces its “Adopt a Fire Hydrant” program.

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District has over 1000 fire hydrants within its borders. It is impossible for fire crews to shovel and maintain all of them in a timely manner. The California Fire Code addresses keeping fire hydrants free of obstructions and immediately identifiable.

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District strives to ensure all hydrants are clear, marked, and accessible in the event of a fire. Winter time makes this job very hard and during heavy snow the district is forced to clear key hydrants first. Some hydrants unfortunately may remain buried all winter.

The Fire District is asking community members to adopt the hydrant closest to their home or business and keep it clear of snow and debris so that together we can help to make our community safer. In the event of a small fire that is reported in a timely manner, the water carried by fire engines is usually sufficient. If a fire is too large for the water carried on an engine, a water source that is easily found can make a difference in keeping the fire from spreading to a neighboring property. Combining safe practices like installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, maintaining defensible space, and keeping your closest hydrant clear can prevent unnecessary property damage.

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District appreciates the members of our community that already maintain hydrants in their neighborhood and encourages everyone to participate.

If you notice a fire hydrant that is not marked with a snow stake please contact the Lake Valley Fire Protection District Prevention Bureau at (530) 577-3737.

When maintaining a hydrant, a three foot clear space should be maintained around the hydrant and to the roads edge. Below is an example of hydrants being cleared by helpful citizens of our community.

Lake Valley Fire Protection District, Fire Chief Gareth Harris said that “the Fire District’s adopt a fire hydrant program is an important step in assuring that firefighters have access to an adequate water supply in the event of a fire”.

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District has its website at www.lakevalleyfire.org. Check out the website for information on the many services the Fire District is proud to offer to the community.

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Surviving the Winter Chill

Surviving the Winter Chill

Contact: Olivia Rahman, U.S. Forest Service, (530) 543-2600

                               

South Lake Tahoe, CA. - With winter upon us at Lake Tahoe, here are some tips for getting through a nasty stretch of cold weather.

Personal Winter Safety:

  • Stay indoors during storms. If you      go outside, be careful on snowy and icy walkways.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling      snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in      the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
  • Keep dry. Wet clothing loses its      insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite: If      you experience loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities,      seek medical help immediately.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia      including uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation,      incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. Get      hypothermia victims to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the      center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the      victim is conscious. Seek medical help immediately.

Home Winter Safety:

  • Clean out gutters, disconnect and      drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves. If      your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider draining the      water system.
  • Insulate walls and attics and      caulk and weather-strip doors and windows. Consider an insulated blanket      for your hot water heater
  • Repair roof leaks and remove tree      branches that could become weighted down with ice or snow and fall on your      house or your neighbor's house. Have a contractor check your roof to see      if it would sustain the weight of a heavy snowfall.
  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or      crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the      flue closed when you're not using it.
  • Make sure your furniture isn't      blocking your home’s heating vents.
  • During cold spells, keep cabinet      doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those      in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water      flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or      unprotected spaces. To thaw a frozen pipe, first check the pipe in the area      of the freeze. Some plastic or copper pipes will split and flood the area      when thawed. If the pipe looks broken or has a slit in it, call a plumber.     
  • It is far better to heat the area      around the frozen part with an electric space heater, a hand-held hair      dryer, or a heat lamp in a reflector to prevent a fire.
  • Avoid ice dams by keeping water      from melted snow from refreezing in the gutters and seeping under the roof      and soaking interior walls. Here’s how:
    • Ventilate your attic. The colder       it is the less melting and refreezing on the roof.
    • Insulate the attic floor well to       minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the       house.
    • Consider having a water-repellent       membrane installed under your roof covering.

Winter Driving

Some 70 percent of winter storm deaths are auto-related. One in four of these deaths are the result of people caught in severe weather, so be prepared! Drive only if necessary, travel during the day, and don’t travel alone. Keep others informed of your schedule, stay on main roads, and avoid back road shortcuts. Top off the antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, gasoline, oil, and other fluids and make sure your tires have enough tread. Consider snow tires. Clear the snow from the top of the car, headlights and windows. Keep bagged salt or sand in the trunk for extra traction and to melt ice. Program your auto club, insurance agent, and towing service phone numbers into your cell phone. In your trunk, keep a cold-weather kit containing a blanket or sleeping bag, gloves, hard candy, bottled water, folding shovel, first aid kit, flashlight, and car cell phone charger.

If you find yourself snowbound and trapped in your vehicle:

Keep calm and remain inside your vehicle. Rescuers are more likely to find you there. Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes every hour and make sure you clear any snow from the exhaust pipe to reduce the chances of carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep moving around to maintain heat and use what you have in your car to create insulation. It’s always a good idea to travel with food, water, and a warm sleeping bag in the winter. Take turns sleeping. Someone should always be awake to alert rescuers. Turn on the inside light at night so rescue crews can find you. If you’re stranded in a remote area, stomp "SOS" or "HELP" in the snow so rescuers may easily find you.

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