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City releases statement about Reno Fire Dept. personnel refusing to assist with medical emergency


CITY OF RENO STATEMENT — On June 17, 2014, there was an Emergency Medical Services call at 160 Lemmon Drive in Lemmon Valley involving the Reno Fire Department, Reno Police Department, and REMSA. In response to the call for service, during which Reno Fire Department personnel refused to respond to a lift-assist request by the Reno Police Department, the City of Reno is issuing the following statement:

“Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez has assured me the Reno Fire Department’s response to future incidents of this nature will not be handled in the manner as the June 17, 2014 incident,” Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger says. “Some of the actions taken by the Reno Fire Department on June 17 were unacceptable. The Reno Fire Department will continue to provide assistance to the Reno Police Department, REMSA, and/or any other agency requesting assistance during a medical emergency.”

Yesterday, Clinger, Hernandez, and leadership from REMSA and the Washoe County Health District met to discuss response protocols and improving internal communications. A joint statement from Reno Fire Department and REMA was issued after the meeting and included the following: “On July 11 we will have a joint meeting with all first responders in the region, REMSA, and Washoe County Health District so that it’s clear for our entire EMS systems on how we will respond, with the end goal of excellent patient care, operational efficiencies, and improved communications.”

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