RENO, Nev. (AP) - The federal government has come to the rescue
of the city of Reno with a $14 million grant to pay for 64
firefighters and fully staff more than dozen fire stations.
The grant announced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid is from the
Federal Emergency Management Agency and comes as the city and
Washoe County are in the process of ending a long-standing
cooperative arrangement to provide fire services.
Reno officials were facing the potential of laying off
firefighters if the county didn't hire any firefighters from the
city to staff its new department
Mayor Bob Cashell says the funding means all of Reno's 14 fire
stations will be open.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the firefighters' union has
also agreed to extend wage and benefit concessions another two
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