City and County Spar on Fire Services

By: Joe Harrington Email
By: Joe Harrington Email

RENO, NV - With the City of Reno and Washoe County set to break-up their fire services, a war of words continues. Reno's mayor, Bob Cashell, called media to City Hall to respond to County claims on Wednesday.

"It comes down to a control factor or egos or whatever it is I'm willing to take a polygraph to anything I'm talking to you about today," Cashell said.

"(The county) want(s) us to continue to cover all these islands and not be paid for it," he said.

John Slaughter, Washoe County Management Services Director, said while Reno's firefighters would respond to county areas, county crews also go into Reno.

"The City benefits more from that automatic aid relationship, regardless that would be the best outcome that we continue that tradition of automatic aid,"

But you'll get a different take on who benefits more depending on whether you're talking to the City or the County. The original reason the County sought to break up fire services is also debatable. The County said shared services can't be financed, the City said they can.

Cashell said the relationship between the City and County are "strained." A joint-meeting is scheduled between Washoe County and City of Reno leaders in a few days.

Now consolidated fire services will be broken-up on July first.

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