ON YOUR SIDE: New RFD policy could be risking lives

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Updated: 6/29 10:45 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Reno city officials spoke with News 4 on Monday regarding a new policy within the Reno Fire Department which could be risking lives. The new policy in question has created new criteria for whether or not Reno Fire personnel will assist REMSA or other agencies with lifting patients.

Possible issues with the policy surfaced after an incident in Lemmon Valley on June 17 that left an injured man stranded for more than hour, because a Reno Fire Battalion Chief refused to help REMSA medics move a patient from a boat to an ambulance. According to reports obtained by News 4, the same Battalion Chief told other fire agencies not to respond to the call.

City officials said it is not acceptable. "Our response to that was totally unacceptable and we've taken immediate action to correct that," revealed Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger. "In fact, Chief Hernandez sent out a memo last week to correct that we've already had meetings with REMSA, and we have another meeting with REMSA to make sure we have a clear understanding and they have a clear understanding of the protocol we're going to use to respond. It depends on the medical need of the patient and what kind of condition the patient is in."

According to the report News 4 obtained, the patient was ultimately diagnosed with severe pulmonary edema, where fluids fill the lungs. News 4 did speak with Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez on the phone Monday, and he said the Lemmon Valley incident is under investigation.

Hernandez also said the new lift-assist criteria was sent out in a memorandum about 45 days ago to all dispatchers in the area and directly to REMSA officials.
 
Hernandez has scheduled an on-camera interview with News 4 on Tuesday.
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Transparency - 6/27/2014 5:57 PM
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Truth be told must have failed economics as Hot August Nights, the Air Races and other events attract tourists who pay a substantial share of Nevada's taxes that fund the overpaid and arrogant firefighters of Reno. The problem extends beyond the rank and file as the management of the RFD benefit when the firefighters union crams new compensation down the community's throat. Why haven't battalion chiefs been laid off? When you reduce the staffing of line employees, logically you need less supervision. Take a look at the battalion chiefs compensation--outrageous!

ACNP1221 - 6/24/2014 8:29 PM
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TRUTHBETOLD. You must also be another over paid fireman. Did you fail your drug screen?...Oh wait...thats right.....you have allowable limits while on duty! The city as you stated has put money in and has funded the various profit making organizations that you mentioned, but hell, they involve booze and a lot of unacceptable behavior just like that of the RFD. It only makes sense to fund these things in a depressed economy to generate more money for the city because they are large volume public events. Use your brain, or did you smoke it out? Again..if we went to Transparent Nevada website and added up the RFD ridiculous salaries and benefits, it would far exceed the 1 million dollars you mention that was given to non public service organizations.

ACNP1221 - 6/24/2014 8:16 PM
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Hey AXEHANDLE. You apparently are an over paid fireman. You guys are backing off helping other entities for free? What happened to helping the PATIENT/VICTIM? Does that no longer count? Nice oath you took. Im glad you guys are dedicated and compassionate. And I for sure wouldn't say for FREE. We should all go to the website Transparent Nevada, type in job title or name, and see how ridiculously you are paid, and for what? Im in the medical profession and can ensure you that there is nothing NONemergent about someone with pulmonary edema as was this case. It sounds more like RFD is "butt-hurt" because their valuable time lifting weights, eating, drinking booze, snorting coke, and smoking weed was interrupted!

Truthbetold - 6/24/2014 8:12 PM
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News 4, the National Enquirer of local media! Biased, one-sided, hell, they'll make up stuff using "allegedly", if it makes news and they can trash someone! Freedomrings: You must be someone who failed the civil service test when you were younger and now have nothing better to do than spew your garbage! You in your ongoing rambling have discredited yourself and your opinions to the point that no one cares about what you write. It's trashy! If you had such an idea to possibly do some research on any of the RFD topics, you would find quite the opposite of what your bible (news 4) reports. Your right, the fund did run out but it was the City of Reno's job to adequately staff public safety and had 3 years to make it happen. They chose to drop the ball. Instead, your tax payer dollars are being given to the zombie crawl, Hot August Nights, Air races and dozens of other profit making organizations. If these organizations can't sustain themselves, then why are we subsidizing them? Why are tax payer dollars going to paint the events center? Doesn't the event center make enough money to sustain itself? The city has publicly given away more than a million dollars (look it up, its there) to organizations that are not a public service within the city's management. If money is reported to be so tight, then why wasn't there a freeze put on all extracurricular spending? When the recession hit, a freeze was put on then and hundreds of employees still lost their jobs. Now, the C-tax (public information, just request it) has jumped more than the national average. Last week the states financial assessor stated that the economy has bounced back to that of 10 years ago and stated it was going to continue to get better. So please MR. Freedomrings with your wisdom, please tell everyone that you are going to do your research BEFORE you reply to any more articles. The men and woman of the fire department don't make the rules, RENO CITY COUNCIL DOES.

Truthbetold - 6/24/2014 8:11 PM
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News 4, the National Enquirer of local media! Biased, one-sided, hell, they'll make up stuff using "allegedly", if it makes news and they can trash someone! Freedomrings: You must be someone who failed the civil service test when you were younger and now have nothing better to do than spew your garbage! You in your ongoing rambling have discredited yourself and your opinions to the point that no one cares about what you write. It's trashy! If you had such an idea to possibly do some research on any of the RFD topics, you would find quite the opposite of what your bible (news 4) reports. Your right, the fund did run out but it was the City of Reno's job to adequately staff public safety and had 3 years to make it happen. They chose to drop the ball. Instead, your tax payer dollars are being given to the zombie crawl, Hot August Nights, Air races and dozens of other profit making organizations. If these organizations can't sustain themselves, then why are we subsidizing them? Why are tax payer dollars going to paint the events center? Doesn't the event center make enough money to sustain itself? The city has publicly given away more than a million dollars (look it up, its there) to organizations that are not a public service within the city's management. If money is reported to be so tight, then why wasn't there a freeze put on all extracurricular spending? When the recession hit, a freeze was put on then and hundreds of employees still lost their jobs. Now, the C-tax (public information, just request it) has jumped more than the national average. Last week the states financial assessor stated that the economy has bounced back to that of 10 years ago and stated it was going to continue to get better. So please MR. Freedomrings with your wisdom, please tell everyone that you are going to do your research BEFORE you reply to any more articles. The men and woman of the fire department don't make the rules, RENO CITY COUNCIL DOES.

Truthbetold - 6/24/2014 8:11 PM
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News 4, the National Enquirer of local media! Biased, one-sided, hell, they'll make up stuff using "allegedly", if it makes news and they can trash someone! Freedomrings: You must be someone who failed the civil service test when you were younger and now have nothing better to do than spew your garbage! You in your ongoing rambling have discredited yourself and your opinions to the point that no one cares about what you write. It's trashy! If you had such an idea to possibly do some research on any of the RFD topics, you would find quite the opposite of what your bible (news 4) reports. Your right, the fund did run out but it was the City of Reno's job to adequately staff public safety and had 3 years to make it happen. They chose to drop the ball. Instead, your tax payer dollars are being given to the zombie crawl, Hot August Nights, Air races and dozens of other profit making organizations. If these organizations can't sustain themselves, then why are we subsidizing them? Why are tax payer dollars going to paint the events center? Doesn't the event center make enough money to sustain itself? The city has publicly given away more than a million dollars (look it up, its there) to organizations that are not a public service within the city's management. If money is reported to be so tight, then why wasn't there a freeze put on all extracurricular spending? When the recession hit, a freeze was put on then and hundreds of employees still lost their jobs. Now, the C-tax (public information, just request it) has jumped more than the national average. Last week the states financial assessor stated that the economy has bounced back to that of 10 years ago and stated it was going to continue to get better. So please MR. Freedomrings with your wisdom, please tell everyone that you are going to do your research BEFORE you reply to any more articles. The men and woman of the fire department don't make the rules, RENO CITY COUNCIL DOES.

Truthbetold - 6/24/2014 8:10 PM
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News 4, the National Enquirer of local media! Biased, one-sided, hell, they'll make up stuff using "allegedly", if it makes news and they can trash someone! Freedomrings: You must be someone who failed the civil service test when you were younger and now have nothing better to do than spew your garbage! You in your ongoing rambling have discredited yourself and your opinions to the point that no one cares about what you write. It's trashy! If you had such an idea to possibly do some research on any of the RFD topics, you would find quite the opposite of what your bible (news 4) reports. Your right, the fund did run out but it was the City of Reno's job to adequately staff public safety and had 3 years to make it happen. They chose to drop the ball. Instead, your tax payer dollars are being given to the zombie crawl, Hot August Nights, Air races and dozens of other profit making organizations. If these organizations can't sustain themselves, then why are we subsidizing them? Why are tax payer dollars going to paint the events center? Doesn't the event center make enough money to sustain itself? The city has publicly given away more than a million dollars (look it up, its there) to organizations that are not a public service within the city's management. If money is reported to be so tight, then why wasn't there a freeze put on all extracurricular spending? When the recession hit, a freeze was put on then and hundreds of employees still lost their jobs. Now, the C-tax (public information, just request it) has jumped more than the national average. Last week the states financial assessor stated that the economy has bounced back to that of 10 years ago and stated it was going to continue to get better. So please MR. Freedomrings with your wisdom, please tell everyone that you are going to do your research BEFORE you reply to any more articles. The men and woman of the fire department don't make the rules, RENO CITY COUNCIL DOES.

RETIREDEFD - 6/24/2014 1:36 PM
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If an agency has triaged the call as a "No Fire Response" that is fine..but when PD or an other agency deems they need addition resources and are requesting the FD, they should not question it and respond. That is why we pay taxes. And for a BC to tell other agencies not to help..What was that about??

freedomrings - 6/24/2014 9:59 AM
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Nimrod, this isn't the council or the city manager. This is the trashy scum-sucking union. The fund for these firefighters ran out,and they knew it was temporary. RFD responding to medical calls is a complete waste of tax payer money, i see that all the time myself. Remsa shows up on the call first, then along comes RFD with 4 fire fighters on their gas guzzling truck to do absolutely nothing, all 4 collecting union wages and benefits and at times, overtime pay because they worked out their sick pay to help their buddy make more money. The council and manager need to break the back of this union once and for all.

nimrod110 - 6/24/2014 7:47 AM
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This story was reported with the sole purpose of trying to make the RFD look bad but the truth is this call was not an "emergency". This patient had back pain, if he were truly critical REMSA medics would have called for more of their own units to respond. REMSA has 15-20 ambulances staffed per day. The REAL villains in this story are the Reno City council and City manager. This is what happens when they decided not to fully fund the fire dept. On top of that, the City council is actually considering not having the RFD respond to ANY medical calls just so they can justify laying off 35 firefighters!! You get what you pay for..
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