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Washoe Commissioners Discuss Possible Regional Fire Services

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The Washoe County Board of Commissioners is looking at the possibility of re-consolidating fire services between the City of Reno and county firefighters.

They voted to do nothing with the issue Tuesday. They're waiting on the final report from the Blue Ribbon Committee before making a decision.

"That they have a reasoned opportunity to review the recommendations in that report because they charge that committee to come back to them with a plan in recommendations with regionalization of fire services," says Sarah Chvilicek, Blue Ribbon Committee on Regional Fire Chairperson.

This committee is looking at the different challenges with reconsolidating services to make sure it's the right thing to do for our area. From there, commissioners will decide whether or not to negotiate with the city.

In the meantime, they can meet with city officials to talk about different ways to work with each other on fire services.

You might remember back almost two years ago, the city and county officially ended its mutual aid agreement. Since then, Reno fire's been working on emergencies inside city limits.

And the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District covered other land around it while working with Sierra Fire Protection District. If reconsolidation does happen, officials agree it would be a long process.

"It's not just something that you can do overnight, but it's a discussion that's worthwhile. It's worth the fight because at the end of the day, the citizens will be served by a better fire service in the regional context," says TMFPD Chief Charles Moore.

The Blue Ribbon's final report is expected to be released in the middle of May.

Written by Adam Varahachaikol

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