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Fire Departments in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County

Fire and Emergency Services in the Reno Area

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Reno Fire Department at the scene of a house fire

Reno Fire Department at the scene of a house fire.

Photo © Stan White

Always dial 911 for any fire, medical, or other serious emergency.

Reno Fire Department

The Reno Fire Department responds to many types of emergency situations, including fires, technical rescues, medical emergencies, water rescues, and hazardous material spills. In addition, the Reno Fire Department provides other services to the community - CPR classes, fire prevention, burn permits, and special events and use permits. There are 14 fire stations located throughout the city.

Reno Fire Department: 4th floor of Reno City Hall, 1 E. First Street, Reno NV, 89501
Administration: (775) 334-2300

Sparks Fire Department

The Sparks Fire Department provides fire protection, fire prevention, emergency medical response, emergency management and operations, and other services to the citizens of Sparks. The Sparks city government has long resisted becoming involved with any moves to consolidate fire services with surrounding jurisdictions and continues to do so. Sparks maintains five fire stations around the city.

Sparks Fire Department: 1605 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV 89431
Non-emergency dispatch: (775) 353-2259
Administration: (775) 353-2255

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District provides fire, paramedic, and other emergency services to residents in the unincorporated areas of Washoe County surrounding the cities of Reno and Sparks. The Sierra Fire Protection District and various volunteer fire departments respond in other areas of Washoe County.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District: 1001 E. 9th Street, Bldg. D, 2nd Floor, Reno, NV 89512
Non-emergency office: (775) 326-6000

Fire Services Deconsolidation

In 2000, the Reno Fire Department and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District entered into a consolidated fire agency agreement, joining the Reno Fire Department with county fire district personnel and operations. This agreement was basically directed by Reno, with Washoe County retaining budget and administrative control over Truckee Meadows Fire. The agreement remained in force until July 2012, when the fire departments deconsolidated, mainly over issues related to cost and who would be paying for what. As a result, the Reno Fire Department and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District now operate as separate organizations. They do, however, maintain a mutual aid agreement to ensure the safety and protection of all Washoe County citizens regardless of where they live. For more details about this situation, refer to "History of Consolidation of Fire Services" from the Reno city website. See "Truckee Meadows Fire Transition Plan" for a look at the Washoe County viewpoint on the issue.

Wildland Fire Issues

Many populated areas in Washoe County, both within and outside of incorporated cities, are surrounded by undeveloped land still in its natural state. These areas include everything from sagebrush desert to pine forests. Because of this situation, fire departments maintain the capability to fight wildland fires, but they need help from residents of fire-prone areas to save lives and property. If you live in an area at risk for wildfire, learn how not to burn by taking measures outlined in these sources. Fire departments are also a source for fire prevention information and are happy to help you help them.

  • Living With Fire - a website that provides homeowners with wildfire threat reduction recommendations developed by Nevada's firefighting experts.
  • Reno / Tahoe Wildfire Safety - information and links to wildfire safety resources.

 

Other Fire Protection and Emergency Response Agencies in the Reno / Tahoe Region

The phone numbers provided are for non-emergency contact. When you are experiencing a fire emergency, always dial 911. The dispatcher will be able to send the appropriate responding agency depending on where you are located.

 

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