Cover It Live recap: Truckee Fire board decides not to renew Chief Bryce Keller’s contract |

Cover It Live recap: Truckee Fire board decides not to renew Chief Bryce Keller’s contract

Sun File PhotoTruckee Fire Chief Bryce Keller.

UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. Tuesday

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; After a four-hour closed session at Tuesday night’s Truckee Fire Protection District Board of Directors meeting, legal counsel Brent Collinson said the board decided not to renew Chief Keller’s contract.

Board Director Ben Malone said the majority of the board feels the district is moving in another direction and is putting the chief on administrative leave with pay.

Read the full meeting recap within this story.

The Truckee Fire Protection District voted in closed session Tuesday night to not renew Chief Bryce Keller’s contract, and to place him on paid leave.

The decision came after a 4-hour long closed session evaluation of the chief’s performance. The board also discussed recent controversial items, including ambulance service areas, in the meeting attended by 30 to 40 people.

The district found itself amid controversy over plans to open a temporary fire station during current construction on the Glenshire station upgrade, as well as its move to place a Truckee ambulance in Olympic Valley earlier this spring, and has since worked toward resolutions after receiving much scrutiny from public officials and private residents.

The Town of Truckee red tagged the temporary fire station for not filing for proper permits in April, starting a debate between the two agencies, but the fire district has since filed for the permits, and construction is under way at Station 95.

When the fire district parked an ambulance in Olympic Valley, the Squaw Valley Fire Department and other area agencies took issue, leading the regional ambulance authority, Sierra Sacramento Valley EMS, to threaten Truckee’s ambulance license and#8212; which was also addressed by the fire district by pulling the ambulance out, and Sierra Sacramento Valley’s ultimatum has also been withdrawn.

That still leaves the question of Truckee’s Exclusive Operating Area and#8212; a territory where Truckee would be the only ambulance provider and#8212; up in the air.

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