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Sierra Fire Protection District reaches tentative agreement with Sierra Firefighters Association

By ThisIsReno

WASHOE COUNTY NEWS RELEASE

The Sierra Fire Protection District Board has announced that the staff negotiating team has reached a tentative labor agreement with the Sierra Firefighter’s Association Local 3895.

The tentative agreement takes into account the current fiscal condition of the district, which forecast a $1,168,565 deficit for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

The agreement allows for staffing 100 percent of the time at the three existing fire stations at Bowers Mansion, Galena and Verdi by authorizing three-person minimum staffing and greater flexibility for bringing additional fire apparatus to the scene of an emergency to be used by other responders, as well as the ability to staff a two-person rescue unit.

The biggest accomplishment of the new agreement is that it will substantially address the district’s current fiscal condition by eliminating the overtime cost and still provide the fastest possible response times. “The tentative agreement provides for dynamic staffing that provides the flexibility to staff the three existing stations 100 percent of the time now, expand to meet the needs of the future Arrowcreek Station and reduce response times. It will enable us to maintain fire and emergency rescue service in our community,” stated Sierra Fire Chief Michael Greene.

The tentative agreement provides for the use of three-person crews and two-person rescue units as necessary when reduced staffing and emergencies require. The tentative agreement will be drafted into a formal collective bargaining agreement that will be brought back to the Board for action as soon as its next meeting, September 13.

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