Tia Rancourt, Public Education/Information Officer
North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District
The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District has over 1000 fire hydrants within our fire jurisdiction. With the recent snowstorms and more on the way, we will be working on clearing fire hydrants. The 2012 International Fire code section 507.5.4 and NLTFPD resolution 13-1 states that fire hydrants must be free of obstructions and immediately visible. If fire hydrants are located on private property, it is the homeowners or Homeowners Association (HOA) responsibility to keep the fire hydrant(s) clear.
By Adopting A Hydrant closest to your home or business and keeping it clear of snow and debris you can help to make our community safer. We appreciate the members of our community who already maintain hydrants in their neighborhood and encourage everyone to participate. Please take a few minutes to fill out the online adoption form and make a hydrant near you a member of your family. Please email your form to Trancourt@nltfpd.net. Tag yourself in a photo using #AdoptAHydrant2019 and share with us on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/NorthLakeTahoeFire and our Twitter page at www.twitter.com/NLTahoeFire.
When maintaining a hydrant please try to ensure that a three-foot clear space is maintained around the hydrant and to the roads edge.
If you notice a fire hydrant that is not marked with a “FH” pole, please let us know by calling our Fire Prevention Bureau at 775-831-0351, ext. 8127.
If you notice a damaged or leaking fire hydrant, please call Incline Village General Improvement Public Works at 775-832-1203.
Also, please keep rooftops clear of excessive snow and watch for forming cornices that can pose a dangerous situation. Ask for professional snow removal services to help with this. We also recommend knowing where your gas meter is located and keeping it clear.