Applications for East Fork fire board open today |

Applications for East Fork fire board open today

As many as 40 people could convert their interest in serving on East Fork Fire Protection District’s first elected board into an application.

“If half the people who’ve asked me about it apply, there could be 30-40 people, Fire Chief Tod Carlini said on Thursday.

Carlini and Douglas County commissioner discussed the process for attracting, vetting and selecting five board members with Douglas County commissioners on Thursday.

Carlini said it’s his intention to recruit a board to help winnow down the number of applicants for presentation to the commission.

The first East Fork board will be appointed, but after that board members will have to stand for election.

The fire district will post the application to the web site, but applicants will have to print it out and bring it into the district office to be considered.

Those applications will be taken starting on Monday.

Carlini said the names of prospective members will become public once the application process closes.

In order to be considered for the district, residents must apply at the county no later than Aug. 26.

The names of those who apply would be released on Aug. 28, under action taken by commissoners on Thursday.

The first district board will consist of five members appointed by Douglas County commissioners on Oct. 6.

Each board member will represent one of five geographic areas, but will be elected by residents of the entire district.

The area of Douglas County at Lake Tahoe won’t be included in the district’s jurisdiction.

Once the five board members have been approved by commissioners, they’ll meet starting in January, where they’ll decide by lot who gets the four-year and who gets the two-year terms.

Under the proposal, a majority of the board will serve until 2020, with the two other fire board members’ terms ending in 2018.

Residents may go to to find out what voting area of the fire district they live in.