RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Washoe County Board of Fire Commissioners has approved the consolidation of two fire stations in Washoe Valley south of Reno to help redirect resources to under-served areas in the valleys north of town.
The board also voted Tuesday to spend nearly $3.5 million to purchase five new structure fire engines as part of its commitment to modernize the fleet by replacing half of the county's engines every five to seven years.
The consolidation of the stations on the east and west sides of Washoe Lake is expected to be complete by early 2020. The remaining station will be staffed with four firefighters, a REMSA ambulance and helipad, and potentially a county sheriff's substation.
It will allow for the transfer of some personnel to the north end of the district where crews average seven calls per day in Sun Valley compared to one a day in Washoe Valley.
The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District says the move also will allow the district to convert volunteer fire stations at Silver Lake and Lemmon Valley into full-time stations staffed around the clock seven days a week within a few years.
That's expected to result in a savings of about $1.2 million annually.