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Washoe, Reno continue fire talks
by Jill Lufrano
Apr 20, 2012 | 1358 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Fire chiefs (from left) of Truckee Meadows and Sierra Fire Protection Districts, Charles Moore, and City of Reno, Michael Hernandez, advised county and city elected officials Thursday about the regional fire service situation.
Tribune/John Byrne Fire chiefs (from left) of Truckee Meadows and Sierra Fire Protection Districts, Charles Moore, and City of Reno, Michael Hernandez, advised county and city elected officials Thursday about the regional fire service situation.
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RENO — Washoe County, acting as the Board of Fire Commissioners for Truckee Meadows and Siera Fire Protection Districts, and the City of Reno could not agree on any temporary solution Thursday for mutual or automatic aid while the county stuggles to stand up its own fire agencies by July 1.

But, the elected offiials — meeting for the second and last time — agreed to at least continue helping each other in the event of a catastrophic event.

“Go ahead and set up your unit. We’ll set up our unit,” said Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.”We will give you mutual aid and we will be there for primary aid if we have the resources.

“It’s a shame we have to break up,”Cashell siad.

After hours of public and official comment, what became clear was the ticking clock Washoe County faced with its self-imposed deadline to have its 63-man fire service in place by July 1.

Some residents and oficials called the deadline wreckless and many were concerned and frightened for constituents.

“I believe we should not rush to failure,” said County Commissioner Kitty Jung.

One resident from Verdi, an insurance broker for the past 45 years, estimated home insurance for residents in the region would increase substantially due to the decrease in fire services.

“What are we getting?” Jung asked. “We’re geting a decrease in services, increases in taxes and increases in insurance.”

The City of Reno offered to continue automatic aid for six months, which was rejected by the county Fire Commissioners due to its current financial agrement.

Truckee Meadows residents will see fire services taxes increase, fire staffing decrease, but all fire stations will remain open.
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