Reservists get closer to full-time firefighting |

Reservists get closer to full-time firefighting

Tahoe Daily Tribune

The city of South Lake Tahoe recently graduated eight level one reserve firefighters to level two status, increasing the total number of reserves to 16.

All reserves are capable of responding to incidents and functioning with full-time paid firefighters. This reserve force provides a pool of qualified people with the training and exposure necessary to become capable candidates for employment in a future full-time position of firefighter. In addition, the reserve program develops a high level of community involvement through utilization of citizens in a volunteer effort supplementing the fire protection and emergency management efforts of the city of South Lake Tahoe.

Recently, the fire department promoted seven of its level two reserves to full-time paid professional firefighters. This spring the fire department will be recruiting reserve firefighters in an effort to bring their volunteer force up to 25. Applications are being accepted at the Human Resource Department, 1052 Tata Lane.