Emergency Medical Services
The EMS Division is headed by Battalion Chief Scott Sedgwick.
Approximately 78% of emergency calls contain a component of emergency medical services (EMS). The mission of our EMS program is to be the leader in prehospital emergency medical services through well trained personnel rapidly providing excellent, cost effective care to all patients by utilizing appropriate equipment and technology in our unique environment. All of the District’s safety personnel are qualified to work as either a paramedic or EMT (emergency medical technician).
Through our relationship with North Tahoe Fire, we provide Advanced Life Support Paramedics and ambulance transport service to the north and west shores of Lake Tahoe, from the Nevada state line to Emerald Bay, to Alpine Meadows, and on the lake waters of Tahoe in cooperation with US Coast Guard.
In 2017 North Tahoe Fire began the process of building an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program. Since that time the UAS Committee comprised of district employees have built a program that operates under the authority of the FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA) and Jurisdictional COA that allow for a wide range of public safety capabilities to enhance our mission. The district operates a fleet of UAS with varying capabilities that are capable of assisting in most aspects of public safety including search and rescue, fire investigation, early vegetation fire detection, infrared capabilities, fire intelligence and GIS mapping functions, avalanche rescue and hazmat operations. The district operates UAS in conjunction with our federal, state and local partners and also makes our resources available for mutual aid response through various aid agreements. Currently the program is preparing to start operating our UAS fleet on incidents in conjunction with manned aircraft and in accordance with FAA UAS requirements utilizing Victor frequency capability and procedures. The district continues to expand and modify this program to keep up with UAS technology developments. The district is recognized regionally as a pioneer agency in public safety UAS programs and continues to assist other public agencies in developing their own programs.
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.