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Rolling Brownouts in Nevada City Could End Soon

Rolling brownouts at Nevada City’s only fire station could be ending soon. City Manager Mark Prestwich says the City Council will consider using Measure L funds to pay for two firefighters needed to make the station operational full time…

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The station is currently open for four days in a row, and then closed for two days straight. The brownouts started in April when the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, which was co-staffing the station with the Nevada City Fire Department, pulled its firefighters out due to operational costs. Prestwich says other Measure L projects, such as renovation of the Pioneer Park pool, would have to wait…

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City officials were hoping to get grant funding to pay for the hiring of two firefighers, and Prestwich says that’s still a possibility…

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The City Council will consider the idea at its meeting tonight (Wednesday). Prestwich says they’ve already interviewed several candidates when they hired one firefighter, so if approved, two more firefighters could be hired rather quickly. Prestwich says Fire Station 54 could be fully staffed again by July 1.

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