Report finds 32 recommendations Reno Fire can implement
A report that looks at how the Reno Fire Department (RFD) is running, is out. It lists ways the department can better use resources.
The report offers 32 recommendations that were compiled over 2019. The City Manager's Office commissioned the report.
Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran says some of the things listed in it weren’t too surprising to him and could easily be implemented. But other recommendations he says, the city and his department would have to be creative.
One recommendation from the Center for Public Safety Management is RFD consider hiring seasonal crews for wildfire prevention and fuel management.
Another recommendation is requiring every new home to have an automatic fire sprinkler.
Chief Cochran says the biggest one for him is re-establishing a full and unrestricted automatic response arrangement with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.
"The efficiencies we can gain from having a regional approach, now there are fiscal issues, political issues, frankly those are above my pay grade,” said Chief Cochran. "We did have that system before and it worked and it worked well. If we can overcome those hurdles, I'm not saying it's going to be easy. I think it's a worthwhile goal or something we should consider looking at."
Cochran says if they can figure out a way to make it work, it could help the whole region and help with the staffing shortage.
The report also talks about replacing some of the fire trucks. The city is currently working on that plan.
The report will go in front of the Reno City Council on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The council will decide what recommendations are a priority. The report will be under the agenda item D.3.
The council meeting begins at 10 a.m.
For more information on the report and meeting,