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Newest Reno Fire Station Opens in Damonte Ranch

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Station 12 is it's the first brick-and-mortar firehouse built for the Reno Fire Department in more than 15 years.

The station, built on the southwest corner of Steamboat Parkway and Veterans Parkway, was mostly paid for by private donations.

A four-man crew was operating out of a temporary station a few miles north of the location, so by moving there, firefighters say the response time is cut in half for people living in the Damonte and Curti Ranch areas.

"This is a great addition to this community and their homeowner's insurance rates will get a little bit better," Reno Mayor Bob Cashell said.

Station 12 has been planned for 11 years but was delayed by the recession.

It comes with a price tag of more than $6 million.

"Given the economy that we just survived, we wouldn't have been able to put this together without the private-public partnership," Andrew Clinger, Reno City Manager said.

The $3 million plot of land was donated by the Di Loreto and Damonte families.

With other partners, they covered 75% of the cost of the station, that they say makes the area safer.

"I hope that it will, first of all, give them a sense of pride in our community," Perry Di Loreto, Master Developer said. "It should also comfort them in knowing that they have their life safety and emergency services close at hand."

The 8,000-square-foot building houses a four-man crew but was built big enough for eight firefighters and several pieces of equipment, like engines and trucks. It comes complete with a kitchen, workout room, and lounge, along with four bedrooms and an operations center.

"This station is actually designed, as this community and this section of Reno begins to develop, this station will be expandable," Michael Hernandez, Reno Fire Chief said. "We will be able to add more beds and add more apparatus, without any construction."

"If it grows, we can have a police substation," Cashell said. "You can come get your permits here, eventually, and everything."

While most stations take up to two years to build, this one was completed in less than one year, and under budget.

Something Di Loreto says everyone benefits from.

"It's about police, fire, all that kind of stuff," Di Loreto said. "That's what makes a community. And they need a home. We made up our minds we were going to do this. We weren't going to let go of it."

Tomorrow, the station will host a pancake breakfast for the community, giving residents a chance to come and check out their new station, from 9am till noon.

Written by Paul Nelson
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