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Staffing changes at North Tahoe Fire

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunPeter Poe was recently promoted to assistant fire chief for North Tahoe Fire.

A familiar face will fill a new position at the North Tahoe Fire Protection District.

The district board voted last week to promote Division Chief of Operations Peter Poe to assistant fire chief. Poe’s new job duties will include operations, personnel and working directly with the district’s three battalion chiefs.

Over the last year and a half, the fire district has been undergoing a re-organization to guarantee that a chief officer is on patrol at all hours of the day.

Whitelaw oversees Poe, who in turn oversees battalion chiefs Dave Ruben, Pat Dillon and Todd Conradson. One of the battalion chiefs is on duty at all times.

“It’s a really great thing we’ve done. We’ve really put our emphasis on the priority of emergency response. In fact, we believe this re-organization saves money,” Whitelaw said.

Poe agreed with the benefits of the staff changes.

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“I’m proud of the organization ” that we got to step up and improve the level of service by putting chief officers on 24/7,” he said.

Additionally, Poe will appreciate the accompanying salary raise.

The 55-year-old Poe has been with the district since 1973 and worked his way up the chain of command. He lives in Cedar Flat with his wife, and has two sons and four grandchildren, some of whom still live in the area.

“I get half the grandchildren and it’s just heaven. We live for it,” he said of his family.

As for retirement, Poe has no immediate plans.

“I’ll leave that up to God,” he joked.

And Poe is keeping particularly busy this summer.

“Obviously, it’s a very intense season,” Poe said. “What it means, because of the drought conditions and low fuel levels, it puts the district at high levels of alertness.”