Airport Fire & Rescue

Responding to an aircraft incident at the Minden airport.
Engine responding to an aircraft emergency.

Minden Tahoe Airport, an uncontrolled airport, is operated by a private contractor, representing Douglas County. Uncontrolled means our airport does not have a tower to control air traffic. The airport serves gliders, recreational pilots, and commercial companies. The aircraft run the range from hot air balloons, high altitude gliders, prop planes and limited commercial jet aircraft. The airfield is used by Federal contractors for wildland firefighting for both rotary and fixed wing aircraft. The airfield can be used as an air tanker base where Small Engine Air Tanker (SEAT’s) mobile base support is provided as needed. At one time the airport served as a regional large air tanker base.

East Fork Fire must be prepared for each of these aircraft for an on the field emergency and off the field emergency. Minden Tahoe Airport is also the secondary landing facility for the Reno Tahoe Airport should an aircraft not be able to make it to Reno, including large commercial passenger jets.
Brush 12 at the airport.
Brush 12 at the edge of the airport on a brush fire.