Fire protection district announces promotions |

Fire protection district announces promotions

Provided to the TribuneCaptain Andy Kaufer was promoted to battalion chief of the Lake Valley Fire Protection District.

The Lake Valley Fire Protection District announced the promotion of three district employees at its board meeting on Jan. 14. The promoted personnel include Ryan Mahnken, Chad Stephen, Andy Kaufer and Michael Corey.

Firefighter/paramedic Ryan Mahnken was promoted to engineer. Mahnken has been in Tahoe since he was 2 months old, and began working at Lake Valley Fire Protection District in 2005. Prior to Lake Valley he worked for Remsa in Reno as a paramedic. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from Sacramento State University and has a wife and two children.

Engineer Chad Stephen was promoted to captain. Stephen came to Tahoe from San Diego in 1992 and has been with the district for 17 years. He holds a fire science degree from Lake Tahoe Community College and is married with one son.

Captain Andy Kaufer was promoted to battalion chief. Andy has been in Tahoe since 1977 and has worked for the District since 1992. He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in photography, and is married with two children.

The promotions were made possible by the retirement of Battalion Chief Michael Corey, who served the district for 25 years.

“Chief Corey’s experience and dedication will be missed by everyone at Lake Valley,” said Fire Chief Jeff Michael. “We wish him the best in his retirement.”

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