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Fire Agencies Closer to Sharing One Chief

Three area fire departments are getting closer to an agreement to share administrative services, yet maintain their individual identities. Last evening, representatives from the Grass Valley Fire Department, Nevada City Fire Department, and the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, along with city leaders from Grass Valley and Nevada City, met in Grass Valley to consider hiring one chief to represent all three agencies. Nevada County Consolidated Board Chair Warren Knox says the chief would be in charge of three different budgets, and would answer to the Consolidated Board, and the two City Managers…

Listen to Warren Knox

Powers the chief would have, including hiring and firing, and disciplinary action, are yet to be worked out. Another issue is where the chief and his or her staff would operate. One option is Grass Valley City Hall, and the other is Nevada City Fire Station 54. Nevada City City Manager Mark Prestwich says turning Station 54 into a headquarters would mean it wouldn’t be a working station, and that’s not a good idea…

Listen to Mark Prestwich

It appears that an agreement is close, and the three agencies will continue to hash out the details. The three have had a Joint Operating Agreement for the last 13 years, and many officials within the three organizations feel this is the next logical step. The Penn Valley Fire Department, which was considering being a part of this three months ago, has opted out for now, but the current proposal would allow them or any other fire department to join at any time.

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