Ask Joe: Why no automatic aid for fire response ?

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Updated: 12/03/2013 6:52 pm
From the Ask Joe file one of our viewers has a question about the response to a fire over the weekend that has become very controversial.
Timothy Morris wrote in asking with the Hidden Valley fire over the weekend, why does the city of Reno not agree to an automatic aid deal with the county ?

It's a good question. We've learned that mutual aid was delayed because of how Washoe County and city of Reno interpret the language in their mutual aid agreement.   Automatic aid means the closest station would respond regardless of whose jurisdiction it's in.

I asked both sides about this today.  Truckee Meadows Fire Chief Charles Moore says the county wants an automatic aid agreement, simple as that.
  For the city it's not quite so simple.  City manager Andrew Clinger says he would support automatic aid, but he says it would take some number crunching before the city could agree to that.  The problem, Clinger says, is if the city were to respond to every call say, in Hidden Valley, that's not what taxpayers in the city are paying for.   So to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars, Clinger says more research would have to be done to make sure the move is in the best financial interests of the city.    
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valleymike - 12/4/2013 7:26 AM
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I fin it interesting the City (Ward 3) virtually surrounds pockets in Hidden Valley but has no automatic response in the area. So the City waits till they get an official invite or an adjacent City resident's home starts burning? This is the City's idea of public service.

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