Glenshire firehouse staffed full time now
Glenshire residents can feel a little bit safer now that the Glenshire Fire Station has a full-time staff. Since Oct. 1, the Glenshire station has been staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by a full-time captain and a firefighter.
According to Truckee Fire Chief Mike Terwilliger, the Glenshire station will allow the Truckee Fire Department to respond to emergencies within Glenshire in three minutes or less. Previously, emergency crews coming from the fire station next to Sierra Mountain Middle School took approximately eight minutes to reach the entrance to Glenshire, and up to 12 minutes to get to areas further back.
The Glenshire Fire Station staff will also respond to emergencies that take place on the I-80 corridor all the way to Floriston, and may be called upon for bigger emergencies such as the recent Donner Fire.
The new full-time staff will have both an ambulance and a fire engine available to respond to emergencies in the area depending on what’s needed, and at least one of the on-duty staff will be a paramedic.
Six firefighters will staff the Glenshire station on a three platoon system. Two firefighters will be on duty for 48 straight hours and then off for 96 hours as the other two teams rotate on. This is the same system used throughout the Truckee Fire Department.
The funding for the increased staffing at the Glenshire station came from an increase in property tax revenues resulting from increased development in the Truckee community and higher assessed property valuations.
“It was a funding issue,” Terwilliger said. “As property taxes increase and we get a little more revenue, it means a little better service.”
Terwilliger and Battalion Chief Greg Burch hope to see the Glenshire station become a focal point in the Glenshire neighborhood now that it is staffed around the clock.
“We’re trying to make it an outreach thing where people can come by and see their local firefighters,” Burch said.
So far a number of local kids have stopped by the station to seek help with bike repairs, and according to Burch, the station will welcome trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
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