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Emergency Crews Prepare for New Year's Eve

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REMSA is gearing up for what they expect will be an eventful night.

New Year's Eve is one of the three busiest nights of the year for medical calls.

The Saturdays of the Rib Cook-off and Hot August Nights are the other two.

"Typically, we'll have about 200 incidents on New Years Eve and that's just because we have a lot more people in downtown Reno," Kevin Romero, REMSA EMS Director said.

Between 5,000 and 7,000 people are expected to head downtown to celebrate the new year.

So, paramedics know they will have more calls.

That's why they are adding extra units, including a dozen extra ambulances.

Up to 30 of them will be spread around the Truckee Meadows.

"We have four paramedics, downtown, working with law enforcement that will be on foot, covering the area casinos and the corridor downtown," Romero said. And then we put single resource paramedics in the outlying casinos like the Nugget and the Peppermill."

The Reno Police Department is adding 50 extra officers to help keep the peace, as we close out 2013.

Last year's downtown celebration ended with about 15 arrests.

"Any time you get a large group of people gathered, it causes us some problems," Sgt. Joe Robinson said. "But nothing to be too worried about."

Most of those problems tend to be alcohol-related.

That's why RPD and REMSA work together for this event.

"We do know that at midnight or a little after midnight, we are going to have an influx of calls for intoxicated individuals, probably some fights, things of that nature," Romero said.

"The Reno Police Department is dedicated to special events in downtown Reno," Robinson said. "Especially, one that we're hosting New Year's Eve. So, it's our responsibility to make the event safe and that's just what we're going to do."

Officers are asking party-goers for their help to make that happen.

They say responsibility will help make the night go a lot more smoothly.

"It's great to be a part of it and everybody has a good time," Robinson said. "As long as everybody is safe and follows the law, we'll have a great time."

Written by Paul Nelson
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