Environmental Assessment: Sierra Fire Protection District, Fire Station #36 (formerly #40) Thomas Creek [open pdf - 4MB]
"Sierra Fire Protection District (District) has applied to the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Federal financial assistance to construct the Thomas Creek Fire Station (proposed project) in Washoe County, Nevada. The assistance would be provided to the District as the grantee through the Assistance to the Fire Fighters Grant Program (EMW-2009-FC-01357). The proposal is for the District to build an 8,000 square foot fire station in a specific location to reduce response times to 65% of the District population. The current sixteen minute response time would be cut by 50% to less than eight minutes. The nearest District back up engine is currently twenty minutes away. This project would provide for faster initial response times and reduce the arrival of a back-up engine from twenty to less than eight minutes. Washoe County Nevada is located along the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Western Nevada. The county covers an area of 6,600 square miles in the northwest section of the state bordering California and Oregon, and has a population of over 420,000. The county seat is the City of Reno. Reno is located 448 miles north of Las Vegas. The Sierra Fire Protection District provides fire and paramedic service to a population of20,000 people living in a 214 square mile extreme fire danger wildland urban interface area along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Washoe County, Nevada. The new station would improve firefighter safety, structural fire and wildland interface response, as well as paramedic and emergency medical service to the most underserved section of the core area of the District. Response from the new station would provide for faster paramedic service, better support to neighboring jurisdictional fire and EMS [Emergency Medical Services] agencies automatic and mutual aid requests and improve overall community safety."
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/