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Fire Prevention Division

The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for the reduction of hazards through education, inspection, and code enforcement. Working directly for the Fire Chief, Fire Marshal John James takes pride in assisting the residents and business owners of Incline Village and Crystal Bay. The Fire District’s experienced and dedicated professionals work hard to ensure our community is safe through the application of state and locally adopted fire codes and standards.

The Fire Prevention office is located in the Fire District’s administrative office building at 866 Oriole Way, Incline Village, Nevada 89451. We are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed state and federal holidays.

Division Staff: 

Fire Marshal John James 

Phone: 775-833-8131

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Fire Inspector Jeffrey Smith 

Phone: 775-833-8107 

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Public Information Officer Tia Rancourt 

Phone: 775-833-8106

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ISO Public Protection Classification


North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District was officially awarded a Public Protection Classification 1 in 2018, the highest-ranking possible through the Insurance Services Office (ISO) at the November 27th Board of Directors meeting. This change went into effect on March 1, 2019, for Incline Village and Crystal Bay property owners.

Out of the 46,000 fire districts across the country, less 1% (329 fire districts) have a Classification 1. In the state of Nevada, there are three fire districts with a Classification 1 – North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department, and Fallon/Churchill Volunteer Fire Department. There are five areas of evaluation that are reviewed and considered when determining a classification level: Communication Infrastructure, Fire Mitigation Geographic’s, Fire Department, Water Supply, Community Risk Reduction. We would like to thank and acknowledge the Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID) for providing outstanding water supply distribution and capability. The Water Supply component is 40% of the total rating schedule.

ISO’s Public Protection Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. ISO is the leading supplier of data and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry. Most insurers use PPC classifications for underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial, and industrial properties. This information is an essential part of their decision-making when deciding what business to write, coverage’s to offer or prices to charge for personal or commercial property insurance.

Each insurance company independently determines the premiums it charges its policyholders. The way an insurer uses ISO’s information public fire protection may depend on several things – the company’s fire-loss experience, rate-making methodology, underwriting guidelines, and its marketing strategy.

PPC is important to communities and fire departments. Communities whose PPC improves may get lower insurance prices. PPC also provides fire departments with a valuable benchmark and is used by many departments as a valuable tool when planning, budgeting, and justifying fire department improvements.