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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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Curbside Chipping Program offers free services through October

Free Chipping Service

Lake Valley Fire Protection District would like to encourage homeowners to take advantage of its free curbside chipping service through the 2017 field season.  The chipping crew is actively responding to requests and will be available through the end of October, weather conditions permitting. This free service assists homeowners by converting slash and cut limbs into wood chips for use on their property.  This action reduces flammable vegetation and helps homeowners create defensible space to protect their property from the threat of wildfire. Services of the Lake Valley Curbside Chipping program are offered to district residents of El Dorado County, City of South Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf, and Alpine County. 

*** We are happy to announce the addition of the City of South Lake Tahoe to the chipping program this year.

Lake Valley FPD encourages any homeowners who have received a Fire Defensible Space Inspection this summer to complete fuel reduction recommendations while they are still pertinent and before snow falls this winter.   By taking advantage of free curbside chipping, fire defensible space work is more convenient and cost-effective for homeowners.           

It is important to have a properly stacked and located pile to help maximize crew efficiency.  Instructions are provided on Lake Valley FPD’s website (www.lakevalleyfire.org).  When your pile is ready to be chipped, contact Lake Valley Fire Protection District at 530-577-CHIP (2447) to be added to the chipping schedule.  Lake Valley FPD’s free curbside chipping program is funded by Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities Grant in conjunction with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District.

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Chipper Job Announcement

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Seasonal Forestry Aid / Chipper

JOB SUMMARY: Work as a member of the chipping crew under direct supervision from Defensible Space Inspector, Administrative Assistant or Wildfire Prevention Officer. The main function of this crew is to operate a residential chipping program for the local community. Daily activities include operation of chipper, driving heavy vehicles, public interaction and outreach, computer data entry, answering phones. Candidates with proven problem solving skills will be given extra consideration. This crew may also be involved in community fuels reduction projects on public and private lands in the Lake Valley Fire Protection District.

OTHER DUTIES: Duties may include assisting with wildfire prevention activities, pile or prescribed burning; conducting regular maintenance on various equipment such as chain saws and hand tools; serving as a crew member during back country rescue operations which involves carrying heavy equipment and hiking long distances. Training will be provided however, applicants with fire experience listed below will be given priority. When acting in this capacity, crewmembers shall work under the direct supervision of the Fire Prevention Chief.

Employees work forty hour work weeks with bi-weekly pay periods. The position will start early June and will end in September (Weather permitting). The crew will work under the Wildfire Prevention Division of Lake Valley Fire District and would be a non-safety public position.

SALARY: $13.00 HOURLY

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

18 years of Age

Valid Class C Driver’s License

CPR certified

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience operating equipment or large trucks

Experience driving with trailers

Fire experience:

Firefighter Training (S-130)

Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190)

Public relations experience

Applicants submit a job application, DMV driving record printout, copies of any applicable certifications and CPR certification. Selected applicants undergo an oral interview board. Once offered a position, the candidate must pass a pre-job health screening and physical fitness assessment at the arduous level, background check. Applications submittal deadline is June 1, 2017. Applications can found on our website at www.lakevalleyfire.org under the employment opportunity section or picked up in person at: Lake Valley Fire Protection District, Station 7.

           

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Job Announcement - Assistant Fuels Management Officer

Assistant Fuels Management Officer

$66,560 - $79,040 Annually

           

Summary Description

The primary responsibility of the Assistant Fuels Management Officer (AFMO) is to ensure that Lake Valley Fire District’s Fire and Fuels Division adequately meets various grant goals and objectives.  The individual occupying this position reports directly to the District’s Fuels Management Officer.  The grant funded position is “at will” and not supported by the general fund.  The position is full-time with health and retirement benefits for up to five years.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The following job duties are considered typical for a position in this classification.  Any single position may not perform all of these tasks, and/or may perform similar related tasks that are not specifically listed here.

  • Shall work under the supervision of District’s Fuels Management Officer
  • Shall be responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining a comprehensive grant program that supports the Fire and Fuels Division within the District
  • Shall be the District’s liaison between various organizations and agencies, both public and private, on all matters related to fuels management within the District
  • Shall provide oversight and management of PTEIR contract and subsequent public outreach
  • Shall establish and maintain open communications with various homeowner associations and neighborhoods and provide education about defensible space regulations and recommendations
  • Shall provide forestry-related technical support, coordinate stakeholders, and perform development and layout of fuel reduction projects
  • Shall train in-house inspectors and any outside agency personnel providing defensible space inspections and tree marking for the District
  • Participates in the development and implementation of District’s goals, objectives, policies, procedures and priorities
  • Assumes management of administering contracts including negotiation of terms, tracking, and compliance with contractors, and consultants
  • Assists in accounting processes and grant compliance requirements for state, federal and privately funded grant programs
  • Assist with forecasting of various District funding sources
  • Assist in development of annual reporting requirements

Performs other duties as assigned.  This may include special assignments, duties, and functions as determined by the Fire Chief, Prevention Chief, or other staff within the Fire Administration

Education, Experience and Background:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in a Natural Resource Management related field)
  • Five or more years of experience in forestry, fuels management, fire suppression and/or a related field
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, forest health and wildland fire strategic planning, land use planning, public preparedness, and hazard mitigation issues, processes, standards, and proven solutions.
  • Personable, able to build relations based on trust, openness, and honesty
  • Proficient writer, and experience with grant applications
  • Knowledge of the following :
    • Lake Tahoe Basin Community Wildfire Protection Plan updated August 2015
    • California Forest Practice Rules
    • Lahontan WQCB Timber Harvest Plan
    • TRPA Substantial Tree Removal Requirements
    • Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team
    • Local organizations such as California Tahoe Conservancy, League to Save Lake Tahoe, and the Tahoe Resource Conservation District
  • Ability to establish the need for forest treatments, and prepare forest treatments in accordance with established practices
  • Ability to make sound decisions and effectively resolve conflicts

Ability To:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fire district staff, subordinates, other employees, the public, and outside agencies.
  • Maintain a high degree of organization, coordination, and attention to detail when implementing fuel management assignments.
  • To conduct public presentations and to represent the department in a professional and customer service orientated manner when dealing with community groups, other agencies, officials, the media, and the general public.

 

Minimum Requirements: Must possess a valid California or Nevada Class “C” driver’s license and show evidence of a favorable driving record. A DMV printout may be required prior to employment. Comply with Federal, State and local regulations and practices with regard to Equal Opportunity, sexual harassment, and a drug-free workplace.

 Additional Requirements:

  • A physical fitness examination is required every year pursuant to district policy.

Working Conditions: Work is performed in office (80%) and in the field or at meetings (20%). Office environment has natural and artificial lighting. Frequent interruptions to planned work activities will occur. Position will require flexible work hours when needed (occasional evenings and weekends). Incumbent may be required to use personal vehicle for work duties. District will reimburse mileage at the federal rate.

Physical Requirements: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs and ability to sit (80%), walk or hike (20%) on a frequent basis; occasional bending, kneeling, squatting, reaching overhead, stretching, and climbing; strength, dexterity; coordination and vision to operate equipment, personal computer, and view video display terminal for frequent periods; and the ability to communicate on a telephone, via email, and in person.

Application Process:

Applications will be available at the Station #7 Administrative Office or by email request to labrado@caltahoefire.net.  Completed applications along with a cover letter, resume and copies of required certifications/degrees must be turned in to the Administrative Assistant/PIO no later than January 9th, 2017 at 1700 hrs.  No applications will be accepted after this date and time.  Applicants will be notified of their eligibility and given an interview date within one week of the application deadline.  Please contact Martin Goldberg with any questions regarding the position at (530) 577-3737 or by email at Goldberg@caltahoefire.net.

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Lake Valley Fire's 2016 Holiday Engine Schedule

LAKE VALLEY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT HOLIDAY ENGINE SCHEDULE
Happy holidays from Lake Valley FPD! Here is the schedule for our Holiday engine to drive through our community neighborhoods. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us!
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

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EMERALD FIRE UPDATE

Monday October 17th 2016

Effective at 12:00pm today, the following evacuation orders will be lifted:

  • Cascade Properties

  • Cascade Lake

Additionally, Highway 89 is estimated to re-open today at noon. Traffic will be metered through the fire area by Caltrans.  The Highway will be subject to future closure as repair work and tree removal continues and debris is removed from the highway.

Fire crews, law enforcement, Caltrans and Liberty Utilities continue to work in the area. Residents and visitors are advised to take extra caution while driving in these areas.

Liberty Utilities is working to restore damaged infrastructure in the fire area in order to reestablish power to Spring Creek Tract.

Agency cooperators would like to thank the community for their continued patience and support throughout this emergency.

           

PRESS RELEASE

 

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