California Tahoe Emergency Services Operations Authority

The California Tahoe Emergency Services Operations Authority (or "Cal Tahoe") is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) formed in 2001 as a transport contractor for ambulance service under a contract with the County of El Dorado to the Tahoe South Shore service area and parts of northwestern Alpine County. The JPA's administrative offices are located at South Lake Tahoe Airport.

Cal Tahoe JPA Website

JPA Organization Chart [.pdf]

9-1-1 Dispatch 

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Medic 3 - South Lake Tahoe

As of September 1, 2011 the JPA includes two member agencies:

Lake Valley Fire Protection District 
City of South Lake Tahoe Fire Department  

Cal Tahoe JPA operates three full-time ambulances and maintains two reserve ambulances that are dispatched by the City of South Lake Tahoe Police Department. Paramedics from South Lake Tahoe Fire Department and Lake Valley Fire Protection District responded to 2,911 emergency medical calls in FY 2011-12. This contract for ambulance service is funded thru County Service Area No. 3, and Cal Tahoe has a $2 million operating budget for FY 2011-12. The JPA was awarded a five-year contract for 911 ambulance services effective September 1, 2011.