Carson City Supervisors have accepted a three million dollar grant from the federal government to hire 9 more firefighters to bolster firefighting on wildlands as well as in cities. The grant will allow greater flexibility in firefighting operations as well as reduce the considerable amount of overtime that the city spends every year because fires aren’t always predictible. It will also soften the staffing strain when firefighters take vacations, extra training away from headquarters or if injured, time to recuperate. And with the added flexibility, city officials say the morale will rise city-wide and will likely save $300,000 a year in overtime.
The “Safer” grant runs for three years and will pay for new fire fighting recruits only. Any raises for them will, of course, be paid by the city.
Supervisors received good news from city staff that the availability of facemasks and personal protection equipment along with a lot of hand sanitizing liquid are all more reasonably priced and are being produced at a higher rate than just a few months ago.
The Supervisors also took another step forward to approve the installation of 5G cellphone and data boxes atop tall poles throughout the city. 5G wireless technology is expected to be installed throughout Carson City – Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile vying for various franchises to bring the “highest” of high tech to local communications. 5G is lightning fast in terms of data transfers, video and and encrypted information. However, it was mentioned during the meeting that although 5G technology is far, far faster than what exists today in wireless communications, there are many medical experts who deeply question whether the ultra-high frequencies of 5G constitutes a health threat…sort of like a microwave oven with the door left open. Such concerns were expressed by a couple of Supervisors but city staff, in so many words, assured them that the communications industry knows what they’re doing.
Supervisors were told by staff that there are a number of additional steps to be taken before the 5G mini-towers are installed.