New captain comes to department |

New captain comes to department

Michael Schneider

If you own a business in the Carson Valley, you will be paid a visit some time in the next year by Terry Taylor, new fire prevention captain and fire inspecto.

Taylor said it is not his goal in the newly-created position to issue a lot of citations to businesses who are in violation of various fire laws, but rather to see to it that the businesses in the area are brought up to current codes and laws to minimize harm to people and property.

Taylor, a native of Berkeley, Calif., graduated from California State University-Hayward with a degree in public administration.

“Absolutely nothing in college prepared me for this,” said Taylor, who is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy where he studied cause, origin and prevention of fires.

Taylor also worked as a arson and bomb investigator for the state of California, as a special agent for an insurance company in Douglas County and as fire chief for the Johnson Lane Volunteer Fire Department.

Taylor said that during the next year, the East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts will be implementing a community inspection program. He said he will be looking at fire protection systems and the maintenance of those systems such as sprinkler systems.

Other areas Taylor will inspect include adequate lighting in businesses as well as emergency lighting and the storage and use of hazardous materials as well as flammable materials.

Taylor said he will also focus on increasing the level of support for fire investigation as well as the county’s juvenile fire-starting problems.

He said that because Douglas County doesn’t require business licenses, the bulk of his time will be spent talking with the local business community and discovering how many businesses he will have to inspect.

“My purpose is not to levy fines or fees,” said Taylor. “It’s to get community property owners to a higher level of safety within their buildings which will lower insurance rates and create fewer injuries and deaths due to injuries and accidents.”