We recently reported that the entire volunteer fire department in Gerlach has resigned, leaving Washoe County officials to provide the town with emergency services. Back in November, volunteers in Galena also stopped their operation.
To get a handle on what’s going on here, we turn to our News Director Michelle Billman.
Historically, there have been eleven volunteer fire departments serving rural communities throughout the county. They’ve provided fire and emergency services as independent nonprofits, but that’s changing. The Washoe County Board of Fire Commissioners has approved consolidation so they will all meet the same standards.
“So, what the problem is is that all of these separate volunteer agencies are not on the same page with respect to training, service delivery, and qualifications,” explains Chief Charles Moore of the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.
Read more from our media partner, Reno Public Radio: Some Volunteer Fire Operations Folding As Consolidation Nears In Washoe