On September 19th, 2022, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District (NLTFPD) was awarded as the administrative agency for a federal grant in the amount of $1,771,818.18. This grant is for the replacement of the Regional Fire Department’s self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The AFG program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
This is a regional grant administered by NLTFPD and will be divided between the Carson City Fire Department, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, East Fork Fire Protection District, and Smith Valley Fire Protection District. Each organization will be utilizing the grant to replace self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment due to its fast-approaching operational life expectancy. The departments will soon be equipped with the most up-to-date safety features.
The new SCBA’s will enhance interoperability between the mutual aid partners across Carson City, Washoe, Lyon, and Douglas counties.
NLTFPD Chief Sommers commented saying, “Regional cooperation through integrated communication, training, and equipment interoperability is a keystone in keeping our communities safe. This is an important step for a systems approach to protecting the areas we serve.”