Reno firefighters are concerned with layoff implications

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Updated: 4/30/2014 1:02 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Both the Reno Fire Department and the City of Reno say public safety is a major priority, but the two seem to disagree on the impact a 35 person lay-off will have on response times.

The city is looking to reduce the Reno Fire department by 35 people and says the money for those positions just isn't there. For the past few years the City of Reno has been funding 50 positions with the $6 million federal SAFER grant. The city applied for the grant this year and although they didn't get it, the city found a way to fund 15 of those positions. 35 of them cannot be funded.

News 4 spoke with the local firefighters union who say the reduction will hit the fire department hard. The browning out of stations, which the city admits will continue to happen, will also add to the slower response times. If the cuts go through they will now brown out Station 10 on North Virginia.

One Reno firefighter tells News 4 his concern is that with the loss of stations, other stations will have to pick up the slack.

"Tighten up the belt just like the family budget. Now, when times are tough you go buy chicken, you don't go to the movies. That's what we are asking of them to do. Tighten up a little bit, make some re-prioritization," Seth Williams said.

The RFD responded to more than 700 fires last year and they anticipate the call volume will go up this year. Check back in with for more of this discussion.
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helliroy - 4/30/2014 10:00 PM
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How is their union trashy? They have constantly fought to have the safest fire department staffed by competent people while ensuring that the firefighters get a fair wage. Nobody is getting rich here other than the politicians.

oldguyincc - 4/30/2014 8:10 PM
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If I've upset kramer, my work here is done.

Kramer - 4/30/2014 5:46 PM
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such balanced, reasoned Comments. muckers!

freedomrings - 4/30/2014 5:29 PM
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Get rid of the trashy union and they won't need to layoff anybody.

oldguyincc - 4/30/2014 5:07 PM
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Let us hope that the first fire in Reno, after the layoffs, occurs at the City of Reno administrative offices.

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