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Tahoe Chief’s Corner: Thankful for mutual response in wake of tragedy

Ryan Sommers
Chief’s Corner

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — When the tones sound, we respond. Sometimes we need assistance, sometimes we don't.

This past Sunday, Aug. 7, at 3 a.m., we needed assistance responding to a report of a two-alarm structure fire on Tomahawk Trail. As you may have seen in the news, this fire resulted in a fatality. These incidents are never easy to deal with, let alone the process that takes place after the call.

We extend our deepest condolences to the family and will our very best to provide further information as to the cause of the fire as soon as it becomes available.

We would like to thank the mutual aid offered from North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Tahoe Douglas fire Protection District, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and East Fork Fire Protection District. We cannot fight a two-alarm fire without support from our neighboring partners, so thank you.

Our partnerships are instrumental — not just during fire season, but year-round. Since June, our fire district has offered support by sending personnel and resources to 17 fires to date in northern Nevada and California and as far as Wyoming. This past weekend, we both needed support and provided it, a testament to the importance of working together.

Thank you for allowing us to serve our community; it is a privilege to serve as your Interim Fire Chief for the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District.

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"Chief's Corner" is a regular feature from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Interim Chief Ryan Sommers and other regional fire chiefs, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.