Fire Department Publishes Report |

Fire Department Publishes Report

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A higher rate of alarm calls and the birth of an ambulance service were some of the events recorded by the Lake Valley Fire Protection District last year, according to a recently released 2001 annual report.

The report, the first under chief Brian Schafer, is packed with information concerning statistics, concerns and goals for the fire district located on the western fringes of South Lake Tahoe.

“This is really the first report like this,” he said. “What I was trying to do is really show and educate people on the many, many components that go into making a fire department. It’s not what people perceive of polishing fire trucks and waiting for the fire alarm to go off.”

LVFPD responded to 858 alarm calls last year. Medical aid consisted of roughly half the calls while there were 109 calls on vehicle accidents and 58 false alarms, the report said.

“We track every call,” said Dave Huber, chairman of the LVFPD Board of Directors. “You get a call and it’s 911 and you go.”

LVFPD responded to114 fire calls last year. There were 31 wildland fire calls, the most in the category, followed by 28 illegal burns and 24 residential structure fires.

Thirty-three structure fires resulted in a loss of $339,600, the highest loss experienced in the past five years, the report stated.

The report listed five areas of future concern that included future retirements and wildland fire threat.

“I think the most critical in ways of immediate impact is the wildland fire threat and that was evident in the past couple of weeks with the Gondola Fire,” Schafer said. “That will continue to be one of the most important issues we deal with on a continual basis.”

Last September, Lake Valley was equipped with three ambulances and medical personnel.

Other than the $2 million received by tax revenue, the fire department received $227,000 from the ambulance service last year, the report stated. The 2000-01 revenue totaled slightly over $2 million. The projected income for this year is $2.4 million.

With one of the three ambulances stationed at Meyers, the response time in the Lake Valley district has been reduced as much as 75 percent.

Those who wish to receive a copy of the report can call Lake Valley Fire Protection District at (530) 577-3737 or e-mail Fire Chief Brian Schafer at

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