The Mission of the Tallac Hotshots is to provide a safe, professional, mobile and highly skilled hand crew for all phases of fire management and incident operations. Hard work, professionalism, high standards and unwavering commitment is the only way to maintain and build respect. This crew will always adhere to our core values which enable us to complete each mission safely and efficiently and ensure we progress both individually and as a cohesive unit to accomplish the goals and objectives set forth by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Forest Service.
On June 19, 2014, the Tallac Hotshots completed the extensive certification process to become the first Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC) from Lake Tahoe. Formerly, the Tallac Hand Crew, the Tallac Hotshot Crew joins an exclusive group of roughly 2,000 firefighters in the country. The Tallac Hand Crew was established in 2001 as part of a nationwide buildup of resources for a maximum efficiency level of preparedness as direct by the National fire Plan. The original intent of the crew was to perform fuels management projects along with resource management objectives and to be available for wildland fire response. The crew evolved through extensive training, recruitment, and retention of leadership to become a highly skilled 20 person crew. The crew completed the 2-day certification process, which covered all the standards for IHC operations.
Forest Organization Overview
The Tallac Hotshots are based on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and are one of three federally funded, Forest Service 20 person, fire suppression and fuels management crews in the Tahoe Basin. A 20 person fuels crew and an on call organized crew O.C 36 also exist. The Lake Tahoe Basin also has four type 3 engines, four fire prevention staff, a VUFF Staff Officer, Forest Fire Management Officer (Chief 1), one Battalion Chief ( Battalion 41), one Fuels Battalion (Fuels 42), and Fuels Division (Division 4). Everything is overseen by Forest Supervisor and Deputy Forest Supervisor. ECC Dispatch is located at Camino on the Eldorado NF.