Reno firefighter training includes Mexican cruise

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Updated: 5/04/2014 9:24 am
   RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The city of Reno is spending thousands of dollars sending firefighters to emergency medical certification training at out-of-state tourist destinations despite the fact the same training is offered in northern Nevada.
   The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that one Reno firefighter spent a week last month on a cruise of the Mexican Riviera, submitting $1,322 in travel and training expenses to the city for reimbursement.
   The emergency medical technician training sessions occurred while the ship was at sea, allowing the firefighter to enjoy port stops in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlßn and Puerto Vallarta.
   The training was offered by the EMS Training Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas.
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Paladin - 5/5/2014 3:05 PM
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The fire union is just like the teacher's union; looking out for themselves and no one but themselves. They could have comprimised on salaries and compensation a little and saved those 35 jobs, thereby protecting the citizens of Reno better and saving the jobs of their 35 brethern. BUT NO, the union must stand firm against the city and never comprimise, and so, here we are. 35 fewer firefighters, closed stations, longer arrival times and diminished coverage. THANKS FOR NOTHING FIRE UNION!

Time Out - 5/4/2014 2:38 PM
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Funny thing about election years. Perhaps shorter term limits would improve the bargaining abilities of the city council members, not to mention their oversight responsibilities. Also seems the fox is guarding the chickens at the firehouse!

Hotvawt - 5/4/2014 1:32 PM
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I think if you did a little homework on this issue you would find that it was not a member of the firefighters union but rather a chief officer. Also chief officers do not get their hands dirty on medical calls. I wish the media would get their facts straight before blaming the firefighters union.

DeputyDawg - 5/4/2014 1:17 PM
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Maybe the Fire Dept and the City/County Management will remember this when they are picking which 35 firefighters they have to let go this month.

Old Parnell - 5/4/2014 12:36 PM
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This particular firefighter should be the first one let go by the City. The second person let go should be the higher up who signed off on the expenditure. I know, union rules forbid anyone been held accountable, maybe the shame will start to enact change.

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