MEEKS BAY, Calif. — Consolidation and contracting for services are among future options a small Lake Tahoe fire district is considering in light of the impending departure of its longtime leader.
After 19 years as Meeks Bay Fire Protection District chief and nearly 34 in fire service, John Pang will retire on April 4.
“It’s been a great experience,” Pang said during a Monday interview in his office. “I’ve learned a lot, seen a lot, and hopefully, I’ve been able to make a little bit of a difference to better improve public safety in the Tahoe area.”
Pang’s retirement comes at a time when several other district leaders will be eligible to retire in the next few years.
“It’s a big turning point for us,” said Ed Miller, president of the district’s board of directors.
As a result, the board is considering options, including consolidation with North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Lake Valley Fire Protection District or the city of South Lake Tahoe; contracting for services, including for an interim chief; and maintaining status quo by hiring a new chief.
Fireforce One, an Elk Grove, Calif.-based consultant company headed by former State Fire Marshal Ron Coleman, will help the district in the process. The board hired the firm in November for a minimum of $6,000, Pang said.
“This is the single most important decision this board has had to make in 20 years,” Miller said. “We have to do our due diligence.”
Areas being examined include finances, public and district input, and service levels.
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