News briefs: South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue awards and more |

News briefs: South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue awards and more


South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue (SLTFR) hosted its annual awards ceremony Friday, Jan. 29, to celebrate the following accomplishments of the department in 2015:

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA) were purchased for all personnel with grant funding.

Firefighters logged over 17,000 hours of training collectively. (Training is the agency’s No. 2 priority, with calls for services being the No. 1 priority.)

SLTFR hired and trained 12 new EMTs and paramedics that work closely with fire personnel to respond to emergencies and transport patients to their destinations.

With the addition of 12 new EMTs and paramedics, SLTFR is able to respond with three people on each engine to every emergency, which is safer for them and a greater help to those in need in our community.

The city added 13 life-saving Automated External Defibrillators (AED) around South Lake Tahoe, including at the senior center, airport and in police patrol cars.

The South Tahoe Action Team (STAT) was developed and recently completed its fifth training class to assist the community in the event of a major disaster in the city. For information to participate in upcoming classes, visit

New fitness equipment was purchased on a grant.

The following people were honored with awards for outstanding service in 2015:

Firefighter of the Year – Mike Mileski

Paramedic of the Year – Sophie Tetlow

Dispatcher of the Year – Linda Clark

STAT Volunteer of the Year – Leonard Smith

Fire Chief’s Meritorious Awards were presented to Marty Creel, Kim George, Jody Benavidez and Brenen Davis for their work on special projects.

South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue’s Annual Report can be found at


The El Dorado County Annual Business Survey is available online at The survey is also available on the county’s website — — on the right-hand side of the page. Click on the link that says “2016 El Dorado County Business Survey.” The survey began on Feb. 1 and it will end on March 18.

The El Dorado Economic Development Division is partnering with regional economic development organizations to implement the 2016 County Business Survey to enhance the economic climate for both employees and employers in the county. The survey — which is a collaboration of county chambers of commerce, downtown organizations, professional associations and cities — will help to analyze the competitiveness of El Dorado County for attracting and retaining businesses. The results of the survey will be used by the county and regional economic development organizations in marketing the region to prospective businesses and to help identify retention and growth factors. The survey will provide information on workforce characteristics, planned business growth, and other criteria critical to attracting, retaining, and supporting businesses in El Dorado County.

This is the first county-based business survey in years, and is offered in conjunction with the new El Dorado County Strategic Planning Process. Information gathered by the survey will assist the county to align resources, consistent with the strategic plan, over the next three years. Participation is critical to provide current information for existing employers. A report on survey results is expected to be presented to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors in April.

All individual information will be confidential, with only aggregate results presented. Questions regarding the survey should be directed to the El Dorado County Economic Development Division at 530-621-5595 or

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