City, county officials agree to discuss fire cooperation

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 12/04/2013 8:45 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & - There is some positive news to report in the ongoing debate over fire response and concerns about the lack of cooperation between the city of Reno and Washoe County.  The debate heated up after a house fire Saturday, November 30th in Hidden Valley.  The home is a total loss and both the city and county have blamed each other for the delayed response.

Part of the issue is mutual aid and when the county is allowed to call for help from Reno.  The county says the language in the mutual aid agreement requires a command officer to be on the scene but the city says that's not the case.

Now the two sides will work in improving the arrangement.  "I'm very encouraged.  For the parties to agree to sit down and have somebody independent moderate the discussion and lead it is a very important first step and i hope it leads to more steps going forward," said Charles Moore, Chief of the Truckee Meadows Fire District.

Mayor Bob Cashell also emphasized the need for both sides to come together.  "We need to work it out. Because we have people in the county who are not covered, and we need to make sure they are."  Cashell said.

Thursday's meeting will be facilitated by State Senator Ben Kieckefer.  It will not be open to the public but members of the Reno Fire Department, Truckee Meadows Fire and other city and county officials are expected to attend.
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valleymike - 12/5/2013 1:50 PM
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Why a closed door meeting. Is there still a Nevada open meeting law?

Wannaknow - 12/5/2013 11:23 AM
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It is not working because the City of Reno is always it is what we want not what is best for the residents. Who wanted the language in the agreement about a command officer? Reno. Who did not want volunteers? Reno.

bmunoz - 12/5/2013 8:37 AM
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How much is public safety worth to Washoe County residents? Why haven't they settled this issue to insure quick response by the closest unit(s) whether it be from Sparks, Reno, or the county? Elected officials cant't solve the problems we have entrusted them to resolve to improve the quality of life for all residents. We need to ask the proper questions at election time and hold those in office accountable. After all isn't this why they were elected?

Justdoit - 12/4/2013 9:12 PM
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Fool your blog name says it all!

FoolontheHill - 12/4/2013 7:06 PM
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I'm only partially facetious when I ask this question: Why should the residents of Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County pay for fire fighters? I've lived here for 33 years. The one time my house caught fire it was completely destroyed in the Caughlin fire. I now live in Hidden Valley and its clear that any fire here will go unchecked. Why not let the downtown business in Reno and Sparks pay for fire service? How much would our taxes go down if we didn't fund the fire departments?

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