Local fire depts. agree to mutual aid

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Local fire depts. agree to mutual aid

Washoe County and the City of Reno have come to an initial agreement on providing each other's fire departments mutual aid. The consensus comes after a public dispute between the two agencies over the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District's response to a fire in Hidden Valley, which Reno Mayor Bob Cashell said could have used the help of a nearby Reno fire station.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Chief Charles Moore says, "Basically, we've just had a gentleman's agreement to wave the requirement for having a command officer on the scene and the requirement that would necessitate exhausting our resources before we call."

Both of those provisions are in the existing contact. Cadence Matijevich with the City of Reno says that means it's more than just an informal agreement, but up till now there's been a difference of opinion on how to put it into practice.

"Through discussion, there's now a mutual understanding of what that means, and we believe that it will allow for prompt response when it's necessary,

Now both agencies will go back to their governing bodies to potentially work on an updated agreement. Chief Moore says the system can only get better.