In 2017 North Tahoe Fire Protection District and Meeks Bay Fire Protection District engaged the services of Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI) to complete a comprehensive Standards of Coverage and Deployment Plan. The report serves as the North Tahoe Fire Protection District and Meeks Bay Fire Protection District Standards of Coverage and Deployment Plan. It follows closely the Center for Fire Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) Standards of Coverage model that develops written procedures to determine the distribution and concentration of a fire and emergency service agency’s fixed and mobile resources. The purpose for completing such a document is to assist the agency in ensuring a safe and effective response force for fire suppression, emergency medical services, and specialty response situations.
This report focuses on the area within the boundaries of the two fire districts. Although the districts serve a larger area, those areas are served by contract with other entities.
It is important to understand that there are no mandatory federal or state regulations directing level of service, fire service response times, or outcomes. The body of regulations for the fire service provides that if fire services are provided, it must be done with the safety of the firefighters and citizens in mind.
Creating a Standards of Coverage and Deployment Plan document requires that a number of areas be researched, studied, and evaluated. This report will begin with an overview of both the community and the agency. Following this overview, the plan will discuss topics such as community risk assessment, critical task analysis, agency service level objectives, and distribution and concentration measures. The report provides an analysis of historical performance and concludes with policy and operational recommendations.