About Us

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 Station 2, 2951 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

JPA Organization Chart [.pdf]

9-1-1 Dispatch 

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CTESOA Crews and Ambulances

As of October 31, 2017 the JPA includes three member agencies:

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 3,468 emergency medical calls in 2018. This contract for ambulance service is funded thru County Service Area No. 3, and Cal Tahoe has a $3.2 million operating budget for FY 2019-20. The JPA was awarded a two-year contract for 911 ambulance services effective September 1, 2019.