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Board of directors

The Truckee Fire Protection District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, each elected to serve a four-year term.  Registered voters within the District boundaries are eligible to run for office. Board members are sometimes appointed to special committees and as representatives to other Boards.

Board Election Information

Board of Director Ethics AB1234 Training Certificates

Board of Director Harassment Prevention AB1661 Training Certificates

Board of Directors Terms of Office

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Contact the Board of Directors


Director Gary Botto, elected to the Fire District Board of Directors in 2014.

Director Botto has lived in the Truckee area for forty years.  He graduated from California State University Sacramento with a BS in accounting, after which he worked as an auditor for the State of California.  He has also worked in construction, and as a small business owner.  He retired from the Truckee Fire Protection District, as battalion chief, after 30 years of service.

In addition to serving on the Truckee Fire District Board of Directors, Director Botto was a member of the first Truckee Town Council.  His vision for Truckee Fire is to continue the high standards of service to the public, to ensure the best training for all personnel, and to maintain fiscal responsibilitty and transparency to the community.

Director Botto can be reached at


Chairman Victor Hernandez, elected to the Fire District Board of Directors in 2010.

Director Hernandez moved to Truckee in 1997 after living on the west shore of Lake Tahoe since since 1978. Victor has been teaching EMT Basic courses at the Sierra College Truckee Campus since 1995 and retired from North Tahoe Fire Protection District in 2009 after working there for twenty-three years. During his time living in the Tahoe area, Director Hernandez also worked at Homewood Ski Area (1981-1989), North Lake Pediatrics (1988-2002), and for the US Forest Service (1981-1985).

Although not having any previous political experience, Director Hernandez has held positions on numerous committees throughout his career in the Fire Service and Emergency Medical Careers.

Director Hernandez can be reached at


Vice-Chairman Gerald Herrick previously served as a member of the Truckee Fire Protection District board for 4 years between 2010-2014 and was re-elected to another 4-year term in 2016.  Gerald has served his community in a number of roles including the annual Truckee Clean-up Day, the Truckee Tahoe Airport Citizen Advisory Team, the Tahoe Forest Hospital Measure C Oversight Committee, and is a founding member of the Citizens Committee examining the Placer County property tax distribution issue.  He has also served as President of the Ponderosa Ranchos HOA and is a member of the Truckee Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Truckee.

Gerald served 40 years as a public school teacher, principal, and in administrative positions at the central office level in several school districts in California.  He also served as a seasonal U.S.F.S. firefighter and volunteer firefighter while previously living in South Lake Tahoe.

Gerald takes his role as a member of the Truckee Fire Protection District Board seriously and will ensure that the Truckee Fire Protection District continues to deliver the outstanding service that it is known to provide.  Gerald believes citizen involvement in their public agencies is absolutely essential.  He encourages residents to contact him if they have any questions or concerns. 

Director Herrick can be reached via e-mail at



Director Erin Prado was appointed to the Fire District Board of Directors September 2017.

Director Prado was born in Redwood City, Ca and moved to Tahoe City in 1984. She attended Tahoe Lake Elementary and North Tahoe High School. After high school, she moved to Del Mar, CA and attended the Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach. She worked as the Event Coordinator and Marketing Manager for two TS Restaurants from 2002-2013. Her family's Italian restaurant brought her back to Truckee where she currently manages.

Although Director Prado has limited political experience, she understands the responsibilities for the continued success of the District, including respecting and keeping with the transparency and accountability already in place. As a restaurant manager, she understands the financial aspect of running a business and those skills will additionally allow her to practice ethical and effective ways to run the District.

Director Prado can be reached at


Director Paul Wilford, elected to the Fire District Board of Directors in 2010 and became the Vice Chairman of the Board in 2016.

Originally from Southern California, Director Wilford moved to Truckee in 1975, via Reno, NV. From 1972 to 1980, Paul worked as a seasonal Ski Patrolman in the winter and as a seasonal Firefighter for the USFS. In 1981, he began working for the Nevada Division of Forestry as a Firefighter and eventually promoted to Fire Captain. Paul retired from the Sierra Fire Protection District as a Fire Captain in 2008.

Although not having any previous political experience, Director Wilford has held positions on numerous committees throughout his career in the Fire Service.


Director Wilford can be reached at