RENO, NV - There was a twist on the usual ribbon cutting ceremony at the Nevada Air National Guard Friday.
Instead of cutting the ribbon, they burned it. Flanked by fellow fire fighters, the Air Guard's Fire Chief, Senior Master Sergeant Mike Brown lit a flare and severed the ribbon with flame.
The ceremony marked the official opening of the Guard's new fire station at Reno/Tahoe International Airport.
The $10 million dollar facility replaces a 56 year old fire station and enables the Guard's firefighters to store and deploy all their equipment from one location for the first time in decades.
Brown says that will make response easier and faster to emergencies at the airport and beyond.
"We have a mutual aid agreement with the city of Reno," he says. "The city can call us and we go. It's the community, the city of Sparks, the Sierra Fire Protection District. They call and we go."
Brown says the facility will also help train the Guard's firefighters who have been frequently deployed elsewhere in the world.
The fire station was built with funding from a federal grant secured by Senator Harry Reid.