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Update 1/9/2016: Community Room Use at Silver Lake
Volunteer Fire Station #221.
Truckee Meadows Fire
Protection District would like to make sure the
community of Silver Knolls and the surrounding area(s)
are informed regarding the use of the community room at
TMFPD’s Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Station #221. We want
to assure residents that the policy has not changed for
the use of the Community Room. We at TMFPD invite the
room to be used by non-profit organizations and
community groups such as HOA’s, CAB’s, 4-H, Boy Scouts
and Girl Scouts.
Truckee Meadows Fire
Protection District owns and manages several fire
stations that have attached facility community rooms.
These facilities are utilized for both District and
non-District sponsored approved events. While it is
desirable to provide as much access to District
facilities as possible, it is also necessary to protect
the District and taxpayer from liability resulting from
the use of District facilities by persons and
organization for various non-District sponsored events.
This is the reason we require a Use Request Form be
reviewed prior to using the facility.
We invite all parties
that are interested in using the room to obtain the form
at the Silver Knolls Community Organization's website silverknolls.org,
at the fire station, or through the TMFPD’s
Administrative Office simply by sending a request via
email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once the completed request form is received by the SKCO,
a copy will be forward to TMFPD via fax to 775-326-6003
or e-mail to email@example.com.
The request will be reviewed by the Deputy Chief of
Operations and Fire Marshal for District’s approval.
Once processed, confirmation will be sent back to the
requesting party. Please note, room use is on a first
come, first serve basis. Approval can take up to two
weeks for approval depending on the season.
supplemental or requested paperwork required at the time
of approval that is not attached could delay the
approval process. Paperwork required for approval and
consideration for room use by Truckee Meadows Fire
Protection District is a one page application and could
require additional forms such as Facility Use Hold
Harmless Agreement, Maintenance Housekeeping Station Use
Form and Appropriate Proof of Insurance.
We appreciate your
assistance in processing reservation requests and would
love to have your non-profit organizations/groups use
this facility. With this TMFPD Community Room we can all
benefit from its use.
Please come enjoy and
use the Community room at Silver Lake Volunteer Station
12/26/2015: Changing our Fire Protection Services
We want to give the community a heads-up regarding
emergency services in our area. There may be some changes
coming as of January 1st, 2016.
Discussion and possible approval of a notice to cancel all
contracts with the volunteer 501(c)3 organizations,
including our fire station Silver Lake Volunteer Fire
Department, and 4 others, was presented to the Truckee
Meadows Fire Protection District Board of Fire
Commissioners (made up of the Board of County
Commissioners) on October 20, this year. The BoFireC
approved the recommended changes, with our Commissioner
The volunteer program’s management and reporting structure
is being reformed. “The District will no longer contract
with individual volunteer nonprofit corporations and will
centralize all functions under TMFPD.”
Under the current arrangement, the Truckee Meadows Fire
Protection District (TMFPD) contracts with individual
501(c)3 non-profit corporations. The 501(c)3 then directs
the activities of each individual station including
appointment of a volunteer fire chief. In October, our
SLVFD has received written notice that “upon termination
of the agreement all equipment and vehicles will be
returned to the District’s possession within fifteen
days.” (Editor’s note: most of the equipment already
belongs to the County, it’s not being confiscated.)
Termination of the agreement signifies the withdrawal of
the volunteer department’s authority to provide fire
fighting, emergency medical aid, and other related
activities within Washoe County.
Our volunteers intend to sign up and serve under TMFPD and
continue to serve Silver Knolls. Those who do not sign up
will be terminated. We should know more in the near
future. Acting on behalf of the TMFPD, Chief Moore will be
apprising us of the changes, hopefully between now and
January 1st. Any pertinent changes will be posted on this
website, as soon as possible.
Written by Russ Earle, SilverKnollsCommunityOrganization
Board President, originally published in the SLPOA
newsletter December 2015
Recent 911 Call Raises Concern
Back in October a 911 call for medical aid from a Red
Rock Road resident turned into a confusing situation for
the responding Truckee Meadows Fire District (TMFPD)
Engine 18 which is based in Cold Springs.
The caller had transposed the last two numbers of their
Red Rock Road address, which translated into a 12.5 mile
difference in the location of the call. The given address
resulted in the dispatch of Engine 18, rather than the
much closer Engine 13 from Stead, along with our Sliver
The address mistake was identified by the REMSA dispatcher
after the call was transferred to them, but they failed to
call TMFPD back to advise of the corrected address. I
asked Chief Moore of TMFPD for an official investigation,
which they conducted. The findings were:
1. That the incorrect initial address resulted in the
dispatch of Engine 18
2. The REMSA dispatcher failed to notify TMFPD of the
3. Medical aid did get to the individual by REMSA in a
timely manner, but not by the fire department due to the
Chief Moore is requesting the County Fire Commission look
into improvements to the dispatch procedures. I would
suggest that ALL residents of Red Rock Road that are south
of the cattle guard (just past John Thomas Lane) make sure
they know that they are on Red Rock, NOT North Red Rock,
and make sure that if 911 aid is needed, to remind the
dispatchers to send Engine 13 and the Silver Lake
Volunteers which are their closest responders.
I will be contacting the Washoe County Commissioners and
the County Health Department (who control the REMSA
contract) to request improvements to the current dispatch
procedures. More to follow.
project in Silver Knolls, next to the fire house, was open
April 1 through June 30, 2012.
...is helping Nevadans live more safely with the threat of
Research shows that how your house is
built, the characteristics of the adjacent vegetation, and
routine maintenance often determine which homes burn and
which survive. The purpose of the Living
With Fire website is to provide homeowners with
wildfire threat reduction recommendations developed by
Nevada's firefighting experts. This program also provides
suggestions about what to do during and after a fire.
Reducing fire fuel on homeowners property
lowers the risk of devastating wildfire in our area.
During the winter and early spring, Silver Knolls
residents can bring their wood waste (tree trimmings,
brush and the like) to the Biomass project, in the open
space just to the north of the Fire Station on Red Rock
Dale reminds us that she is offering free
home landscape surveys for fire control. If you would like
your property assessed for wildfire danger, call Dale at
July 2009 - The Red Rock wildfire was burning
in the Peterson Mountains to our northwest in mid July.
Air tankers, helicopters and ground crews battled the fire
on 4 fronts. Thank you to all those who fought the fire
and kept us safe!
Our Silver Knolls
Volunteer Fire Department
The Volunteer Fire Department
is composed of your neighbors who work without pay to
protect us during fires and medical emergencies. The
volunteers recently acquired new automatic instruments to
defibrillate a heart and measure pulse and oxygen in a
patient. This lifesaving equipment is the result of a
generous gift of five thousand dollars from local
developer Bob Lissner of Lifestyle Homes, who also gave
extra land for the expansion. We are always on the lookout
for a few good women and men to train as firefighters and
From the May 2007 Newsletter
The address was on the mailbox!
Every fire-fighter feels relieved at the sight of
those numbers! On the medical emergency your volunteers
responded to on Sunday, May 13th, USA747 the numbers were
visible from Goldstone Road off Red rock. Volunteer EMS
Captain Jane Stevens was able to drive straight to the
house, where a 13-year-old girl had rolled over the
go-kart she was driving on a visit to her grandfather.
She was lucky. The tiny vehicle was
equipped with a roll cage, and the girl was wearing a
protective helmet. Firefighters from Truckee Meadows
Station 13, near the golf course, and Paramedics on the
REMSA ambulance treated her arm and sped her to a
Why do we emphasize the address on the
mailbox? When you or a neighbor have a fire, accident or
sudden illness, you only have to dial 911, and tell the
dispatcher the nature of the problem, and your address,
and help will be on the way. Having large numbers on your
home and mailbox will help us find you! Stay on the phone
so the emergency operator can get all the information.
Have someone stand near the mailbox to show us the way.
Your Silver Lake Volunteers are ready to help.