City of Reno addresses Lemmon Valley incident

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Updated: 6/29/2014 10:44 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- According to a press release sent by the City of Reno, officials responded to an Emergency Medical Services call in Lemmon Valley involving the Reno Fire Department, Reno Police Department, and REMSA. In response to the call for service, during which Reno Fire Department personnel refused to respond to a lift-assist request by the Reno Police Department, the City of Reno is issuing the following statement:

"Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez has assured me the Reno Fire Department's response to future incidents of this nature will not be handled in the manner as the June 17, 2014 incident," Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger says. "Some of the actions taken by the Reno Fire Department on June 17 were unacceptable. The Reno Fire Department will continue to provide assistance to the Reno Police Department, REMSA, and/or any other agency requesting assistance during a medical emergency."

Thursday, June 27, Clinger, Hernandez, and leadership from REMSA and the Washoe County Health District met to discuss response protocols and improvements concerning internal communications. A joint statement from Reno Fire Department and REMA was issued after the meeting and included the following:

"On July 11 we will have a joint meeting with all first responders in the region, REMSA, and Washoe County Health District so that it’s clear for our entire EMS systems on how we will respond, with the end goal of excellent patient care, operational efficiencies, and improved communications."

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devilish - 6/29/2014 1:51 PM
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RFD employees act like elitests anyways. I remember when they decided to take over a section of the c.o.r. fleet repair shop then hire their own mechanics to repair the fire equipment. They hired away a few of the fleet mechanics so I know it couldn't have been that fleet was doing a bad job. The Fact of the matter is they have their jobs with the mandate that they protect and serve the public. If they go to a fire or a car crash then medically assist the injured are they gonna stop now because remsa gets paid to do that. The cops didn't stop helping during the Lemmon Valley incident. If that man had died out there while the battalion chief was taking pictures you can surely bet the family would have sued for millions! That situation could have been negligent homicide. Using a willfull indifference argument would have lifted any limitations on how much to sue for.

unionsrbad - 6/28/2014 12:58 PM
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I think that they should start drug and alcohol testing on all I think that they should randomly drug test all RFD employees on a monthly basis especially the pinheads like the battalion chief. Who do they think they are?

rdrcr - 6/27/2014 7:36 PM
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I couldn't agree with the above comments more. First of all whoever wrote the news concerning the Drug and Alcohol policy for the Reno Fire Dept never read that policy, or just decided to report the portion that supported their spin. They missed Section 1, at the beginning of the policy, which states "The possession, use or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages or unauthorized drugs shall not be permitted at Reno Fire Dept work sites/and or while an employee is on duty. The word shall is the strongest word that can be used in a legal document, bringing in all types of disciplinary action. That portion of the policy was ignored by the Channel 4 reporter, in favor of their spin on the information. As far as the incident in Lemon Valley is concerned, the Battalion Chief is concerned, he was just acting according to Fire Dept Policy. REMSA has been counting on free assistance from the RFD for years now, while they bring in millions of dollars in revenue. REMSA pays no fees to any of the local agencies for their monopoly, while all other agencies that enjoy a monopoly pay franchise fees for their monopoly. As the other poster stated the real question is why REMSA did not call for another ambulance to assist with the situation. What were the REMSA personnel doing for the patient while they were trying to find some free assistance?

DC6902 - 6/27/2014 5:53 PM
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Why didn't the REMSA Supervisor on scene call for additional resources from his own agency? It took him over an hour and a half to get the patient with back pain out of the boat. Makes you wonder what the capability of REMSA is on a daily basis. They are afterall the self proclaimed medical authority of Washoe County. Certainly there has to be more than just one ambulance in all of Reno that was available to respond. The second ambulance came from their headquarters. It is time REMSA paid for the services they ask for on a daily basis.

Reality Check - 6/27/2014 5:40 PM
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Why doesn't REMSA reimburse any of the fire departments for their assistance? A private company that runs over 34,000 ems calls per year, cries foul when fire doesn't help, but still doesn't pay a dime. What were the 5 REMSA folks doing on scene?

TheTruthsayer - 6/27/2014 5:30 PM
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To the spin masters at KRNV: When are you going to report the truth about the various issues with the Reno Fire Department. In the past few weeks, you have reported misleading falacies regarding the training, the drug and alcohol policy, and now the Lemmon Valley incident. You have received calls from both the Firefighters Union and RFD administrators, but you have been unwilling to either speak to them or to quote them accurately. You have failed the citizens of Reno to the point of becoming nothing more than tabloid news entertainment. The most accurate part of your newscasts have become the weather reports, which are little more than regurgitations from the Weather Channel. If they ever create an Anti-Pulitzer prize, you will undoubtedly be on the short list as its first recipient. Well done!

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