This doesn't happen very often, but a brand new fire department is starting up in Washoe County. The Truckee Meadows and Sierra Fire Protection District starts running calls at 8:00 AM on Sunday.
From the Reno Gazette Journal: On Thursday afternoon, about half of the firefighters that will make
up the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District were nearing the end of a
two-week academy before their new department became operational Sunday
at 8 a.m.
Two firefighters sprayed a water
canon from the top of a fire engine as dozens of their colleagues
watched the demonstration at the regional training facility just north
of town. Inside of a nearby classroom, maps of the region were pinned to
walls as officers prepared to start work.
months now, Washoe County officials have toiled to start its
independent fire department after county commissioners decided a year
ago to end a 12-year-old merged fire department with Reno. And despite
the political acrimony that has come to define the fire divorce between the city and the county, the firefighters who will be
responding to calls starting Sunday say what matters now is they are
ready to help the community.In
all, about 600 people applied for positions with Truckee Meadows Fire,
which will include a consolidation with the Sierra Fire Protection
District. There are 105 career firefighters, with plans of adding
another 10 in the coming months, Truckee Meadows Fire Chief Charles
Schum will be stationed in one of 11 career fire stations in the
county’s fire district, which surrounds Reno and Sparks and stretches
from Washoe Valley into the North Valleys. The professional firefighters
will be supported by another 13 volunteer stations with 120 volunteers.....
The reason why there is a new fire department is that the Reno Fire Department, which previously had the contract, was firm in it's demand that Washoe County pay for 4 firefighters on each fire apparatus (truck, engine, rescue) and the County wanted 3 firefighters on each piece of equipment.. Also, Washoe County thought that they could do the job better, so they started a new fire department.
So, good luck to the Truckee Meadows Fire Department and you know that they are having a pool to see who will get the first run of the new department
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