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Operation Save the Basin

June 26, 2023 | Member Submitted

Aerial Fire & Rescue Fund

The recent Caldor and Tamarack fires were a wakeup call. There are no dedicated aerial resources for our area. The TDFPD and surrounding agencies believe by implementing a Fire Rescue Helicopter Program, that serves the Lake Tahoe Basin and surrounding areas, we could dramatically increase our ability to save lives, properties, infrastructure, wildlife, and the National Treasure that is Lake Tahoe.

What would a program like this provide?

  • Initial fire attack that would suppress fires quickly when they are small – 24/7, 365 days 
  • Emergency rescue from the air – 24/7, 365 days
  • The capability of dropping 1,000 gallons of water on a fire
  • The capability to drop a Helitack Crew on the ground for fire suppression
  • An onboard paramedic with full advanced life support equipment to perform emergency life-saving skills
  • A hoist to perform rescues in remote or hard to get to locations
  • The capability for night flying to detect and suppress fires and for search and rescue operations
  • Non-emergency fuels reduction work to establish fuel breaks around neighborhoods and businesses in the Lake Tahoe area

How can you help make this program a reality?

Funding Support – Donate to tahoefire.org/helicopter – Donations small and large will all be appreciated. Donations are tax deductible.

Public Support – Spread the Word – Tell your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers about the need and ask them to donate. Schedule a presentation for your group or organization. Call Today 775.588.3591.

Political Support – Contact your local state and federal representatives – Urge them to give their support to the program.


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