Tahoe Chief’s Corner: A fond farewell to a wonderful community
Mike Brown’s last day as chief of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District is Friday, March 18. To honor his decades of service to Lake Tahoe and Northern Nevada, a community reception in Brown’s honor is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. March 18 at The Chateau at 955 Fairway Blvd., Incline Village. No RSVP is required; just show up and say hello!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our citizens and community, Board of Directors and North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection personnel for allowing me to serve you over the past 26 years.
It has been an honor and privilege to serve our community as an appointed official. Over the past 26 years, I have seen our community grow, evolve and change and with that, we continue to adapt and progress along with the needs of our municipality.
We have experienced many challenges over the years, which always provide an opportunity to explore new methods and technologies to ensure that we are constantly providing quality services for our community as well as assisting our agency partners when needed.
Our emergency medical services (EMS) Program and services continue to evolve and change. Maintaining a respected and forward thinking program is paramount. Working with many Fire District throughout the state, the NRS 474 re-write in 2007 essentially changed the law to support our Fire District’s ability to provide exceptional patient care, superb fire protection and continued public education and prevention programs.
As we reflect back on the financial crisis of 2007-2008 coupled with debt incurred as a result of the tax revolt in 2011, we faced the challenges as everyone did, of balancing our budget and maintaining our service delivery.
During my tenure, I had the honor of being appointed to the Angora Fire Blue Ribbon Commission in 2007, to reduce the threat of future catastrophic fire and long term impacts to the lake’s clarity.
As a result of this commission, extensive fuels reduction and fire prevention and education activities have taken place basin wide. For example, formation of the Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team, which encompasses representation from the basin fire districts, land owners, conservation districts, TRPA and so on.
This group continues to meet consistently, ensuring that strategic plans around fuels reduction, implementation and water clarity are being addressed, monitored and improved.
Thank you for the great honor and privilege of allowing me to serve as your Fire Chief. It is our community support that allows us to provide the exceptional all risk services that we do in emergency medical services, fire suppression, technical rescue, fuels reduction/mitigation, fire prevention and public education.
Thank you for your support over the years.
“Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.
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