Reno Fire Department

Nevada Seismological Laboratory / University of Nevada, Reno

Humans account for an overwhelming majority of wildland fires, with federal agencies estimating that 80 to 90 percent are caused by people.

Target shooting is just one of several ways that people can spark flames. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick look at other actions worrying local officials, and finds out what happens to those caught starting fires.

Reno Fire Department

The Reno Gazette-Journal recently reported that there’s been a surge in overtime pay at the Reno Fire Department. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray explores why.

So far this year, the department has spent 50 percent more on overtime than it did during the first half of last year.

Funding cuts a few years ago caused the lay-offs of more than thirty firefighters. Chief Dave Chochran says firefighters on staff are working more due to the personnel shortage.

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is looking to recruit new volunteer firefighters ahead of the next wildfire season. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Chief Charles Moore likes to have about 100 volunteer firefighters to support its full-time staff, but right now they're at about 65.

"So we're looking for another 30 or so volunteers. ...Particularly we need people up in Silver Knolls and Silver Lake and Lemmon Valley."

Reno, Washoe Fire Divorce (Finally) Settled

Jan 28, 2016
Carla O'Day / ThisisReno.com

Washoe County and the City of Reno held a press conference Wednesday to announce that they’ve reached a settlement over the region’s so-called fire divorce to deconsolidate fire services. Bob Conrad from ThisisReno was there and has the latest update on this story.

Washoe County will pay the city nearly $450,000, and both say they’re ready to put the matter behind them. They also stress that this settlement will save taxpayers from the costly litigation.

Reno Fire Department

The City of Reno will soon have a permanent fire chief in place. For the latest update on this week's city council meeting, we turn to Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick.

During the meeting, Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger recommended Acting Fire Chief Dave Cochran for the permanent post. Cochran started in August. Since then, he's modified labor contracts, hired new firefighters and negotiated an automatic aid agreement, which requires the nearest unit to respond to a report of a fire, regardless of jurisdiction.

Nevada Fire Depts Get $2.7 Million Federal Grant

Aug 11, 2015
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Senator Harry Reid announced Monday that Nevada fire departments received more than $2.7 million in federal grant money to help boost fire emergency response staff and purchase much needed equipment.

The grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and will enhance first responders’ ability to react to fire-related emergencies by providing additional equipment and staffing. 

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Washoe County and the City of Reno have both approved moving forward with negotiations to nail down an automatic aid agreement for fire service. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has those details. 

Under a new law approved in the latest legislative session, the two entities must find a way to allow the closest fire engine to respond to any brush or structural fires. Both the county commission and city council met Monday and agreed to a list of factors that need to be hashed out, including how to fairly reimburse each fire department for services provided. 

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Under a proposed labor agreement reached by the City of Reno and union leaders, Reno firefighters could see a 6 percent bump in pay to restore some of the wages they lost during the recession. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

At the peak of the recession, Reno firefighters saw their pay slashed by almost 14 percent. Even with this proposed boost of six percent, firefighters in Reno would still earn less than what their peers average across the state.