RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) – Reno’s newest fire station opened it’s door today with a symbolic bell ringing ceremony to call firefighters to duty.
Fire station Number 12 in the Damonte Ranch area has spent 11 years in the making, battling hurdles during the economic downturn.
“We wouldn’t be able to put a project like this together f it wasn't for the private-public partnership,” says Reno City Manager, Andrew Clinger.
" This project was slated at $3.1 million, and two-thirds of that came from development dollars,” according to Reno Fire Chief, Michael Hernandez.
Officials estimate the station will cost tax payers less than $1 million.
Developers include Corona Cyan, LLP, South Meadows LLP, and Nevada Tri Partners, which donated three acres land and designed and built the station.
"This is something we've wanted to do since the beginning,” says Perry Di Lareto, Master Developer of Damonte Ranch and Managing Partner of Nevada Tri Partner. “We don't feel like we given up anything. We've gained by this. And it’s a gain for the city, for Damonte Ranch, and for us, and everybody who lives here. "
Before the station opened, the Reno Fire Department was serving South Reno out of leased warehouse spaces. Clinger says it was not an ideal situation for firefighters and there was a great need for a fire station in South Reno.
Station 12 will house a 4-man crew and a one permanent engine to serve the entire South Reno region.
The city of Reno and community partners will celebrate the grand opening of the Damonte Ranch fire station 12 during a public open house on Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to noon.