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Summer Water & Fire Safety Programs

June 13, 2023 | Member Submitted

Contributed by Tia Rancourt | Public Education/Information Officer

Our annual Summer Water Safety Program was a great success at Sand Harbor – Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. Thank you to our agency partners, IVIGD Recreation Center – Aquatics, for their support with lifeguard and water safety instruction and thank you to Nevada State Park for allowing us to continue our program by moving it to Sand Harbor Beach. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Raley’s at Incline for donating the food for the barbeque lunch. 

This program has been taught for over 27 years, focusing on water, boating and sun safety topics geared towards our 3rd – 5th grade elementary school students. It is taught at the end of the school year in hopes that students will keep this life saving information in mind as they head for the beach and lake to recreate over the summer.

We wish all our students, teachers, and faculty a safe and enjoyable summer!

North Lake Tahoe Partners with the Parasol Tahoe Community Wildfire Resilience with Defensible Space Software


Incline Village, NV (June 2023) North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District has implemented Fire Aside’s Defensible Space Evaluation (DSI) software as part of an expanded commitment to improve residents’ wildfire resilience, funded by Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. 

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity that is dedicated to supporting the Tahoe region, and its Tahoe Fire Safe Initiative was created to fund fire prevention strategies in the Tahoe Basin, focusing on people and property. “Fire prevention and safety remains one of the Community Foundation’s top priorities,” says the Community Foundation’s CEO Claudia Andersen. “The Fire Aside software directly addresses the mission of our Tahoe Fire Safe Initiative and is an important way for us to invest in the safety of our community now and into the future.” 

Fire Aside’s Defensible Space Evaluation (DSI) software replaces a previous manual process of forms and checklists with an interactive and easy to use product. Residents are empowered with clear, actionable information that is specific to their property, including photos of vulnerable items and associated risk levels so they can prioritize costs while getting useful education along the way. Fire Agencies can dramatically increase the velocity of evaluations and efficiency, report on resident actions taken, inform compliance for grants while gathering actual structural and vegetation data at the ground level to target areas of highest risk and allocate resources efficiently and with impact. 

North Lake Tahoe Fire Chief, Ryan Sommers, shared “By using Fire Aside DSI software, we can visit more homes, offer more thorough action items to residents and therefore dramatically increase the number of fire resistant homes in the community. We are so grateful to our partners at Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation for their commitment to build a more wildfire resilient community.” 

North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District plans to ramp up home hardening evaluations this summer. To sign up for a no-cost consultation on home hardening and defensible space, visit https://www.nltfpd.org/defensible-space. 

More About Fire Aside: Fire Aside is a software platform that supports Fire Agencies and Fire Safe Councils in their mission to help communities adapt to wildfire. Fire Aside’s software is currently supporting millions of high risk properties in California & Nevada. 

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