The City of Reno announced Thursday it has found a way to staff all its fire stations with four-man crews and keep open all 14 of its stations with the help of a $13 million, 2-year federal grant.
The grant by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and arrives at a time when the city and Washoe County are in the midst of a divorce of regional fire districts.
Talks between the county and the city to create a Joint Powers Agreement broke down. No further discussions are scheduled. The county is expected to stand up its own fire district by combining Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and Sierra Fire Protection District by July 1, a date that some find may be unrealistic.
The county’s move was expected to immediately cost 80 Reno firefighters their jobs, but city staff and administration quickly went to work to find a way to save those jobs, said Cashell.
“We had to go out and protect our citizens and that’s what we did,” Cashell told the Daily Sparks Tribune following the press conference. “And so we were able to set it up for two years.
“I’m just as happy as I can be. We had to start working to take care of our side. It’s a great day,” Cashell said.
To read a more in-depth article about Thursday’s announcement and Truckee Meadow’s regional fire districts, visit www.dailysarkstribune.com Friday, or find the articles in Friday’s edition of the Daily Sparks Tribune at a newsstand near you.