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Fire district considers consolidating stations in Washoe Valley (subscriber content)

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The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and Washoe County are considering consolidating the two fire stations in Washoe Valley and have scheduled a community meeting next month to address the issue.

The potential merger involves West Washoe Valley Station No. 30, 3905 Old Hwy. 395, and East Washoe Valley Station No. 32, 1240 East Lake Blvd.

West Washoe Valley’s station was built in 1950 and is 1,000 square feet. East Washoe Valley was built in 2000 and is 1,782 square feet.

A public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at Tamarack Junction, 13101 S. Virginia St. Notices will be mailed to citizens living in the areas served by both stations. Fire district staff told county commissioners on Tuesday that they’re working on scheduling a second meeting and also plan to conduct a presentation in front of Franktown-area homeowners associations.

According to monthly call volume data, 37 calls came into East Washoe Valley and 23 to West Washoe Valley in August. That represented 4 percent and 2.5 percent of overall call volume, respectively.

The fire protection district has 11 stations with the busiest being Sun Valley, which fielded 28 percent of calls in August, followed by Spanish Springs, which handled almost 20 percent of calls.

Carla O'Day
Carla O'Day
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.

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