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County reaches labor deal with Sierra firefighters
by Tribune Staff
Aug 25, 2011 | 753 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Sierra Fire Protection District Board announced Tuesday that the staff negotiating team had reached a tentative labor agreement with the Sierra Firefighter’s Association Local 3895.

The tentative agreement takes into account the fire district’s current fiscal condition, 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.

County officials expect the new agreement will substantially address the fire district’s current deficit by eliminating overtime cost and still providing the fastest possible response times.

“(The agreement) will enable us to maintain fire and emergency rescue service in our community,” Sierra Fire Chief Michael Greene said.

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 fire district board for action as soon as its next meeting, set for Sept. 13.
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