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$2.7 million grant staffs Zephyr Cove Engine 24

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A dozen additional firefighters were hired by the Tahoe Douglas Fire District to staff Engine 24 in Zephyr Cove.

The firefighters were funded by a $2.7 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“One of my goals as an incoming chief was to find a way to fully re-staff Zephyr Cove Station 24,” said Fire Chief Ben Sharit. “The timing could not have been better as we were able to hire and have the engine staffed and back in service for the busy summer months.”

Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District is an all-risk department providing fire prevention, fire suppression, advanced life support, explosive ordinance disposal, forest fuels management, and emergency rescue. The fire district responds to 2,000 emergency calls annually.

The intent of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant is to improve and restore local fire departments’ staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively respond to emergencies.

“I am so pleased to hear that Zephyr Cove will use these funds to bring on 12 additional firefighters to assist in its ability to respond to community emergencies,” Sen. Harry Reid said. “Even in these challenging fiscal times, community health and safety should be a top priority.”