Changes coming to Reno Fire Department's operations

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Updated: 4/08 12:58 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Reno Fire Department will not be receiving a grant that has been responsible for a portion of fire fighters salaries since 2011.

Without the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from FEMA, 35 firefighters will be laid off. In addition, Fire Station 10 will also be "browned out," meaning firefighters will only be using that station for certain situations, including when a red flag warning is issued.

Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez says they have always had a "plan b" in case this funding wasn't available, and now they have to go to plan b. It's important to point out the city will not be saving any money by doing this.

Station 10 will not be used on a regular basis, and response times will increase by about two to four minutes in that area. It's important to point out the city will not be saving any money by doing this.

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