155 Bridge Street, Verdi, Verdi-Mogul, NV

About the department

Mission Statement:

To provide Fire and EMS services to Verdi-Mogul, Nevada. Supporting the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District in responding to any situation that may threaten life or property while promoting community fire prevention.


 According to the Verdi History Center, the township of Verdi, Nevada was founded in 1868. It served as a stop along the wagon train when early pioneers traveled through Reno to California. It was also the home to a bustling lumber business and was ideally located as the roads and railroads expanded through the area over the years. Many changes have occurred in Verdi since it was founded, but one thing has remained constant. The threat of fire has always existed and has had a profound effect on the community. Below are some notable dates in Verdi history as it relates to fire (Verdi History Center, n.d.). 


Timeline:

  • 1926 – Disastrous fire leads to Verdi’s decline as prosperous mill town
  • 1938 – Verdi Glen Resort destroyed by fire.
  • 1944 – Fire destroys a church, hotel, and saloon.
  • 1948 – Verdi Volunteer Fire Department established.
  • Sept. 15, 1985 – Verdi Inn interior seriously damaged by fire and never reopens.
  • Nov. 18, 2011 – Caughlin Fire damages and destroys 43 homes in Reno.
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The Verdi Volunteer Fire Department (Verdi VFD) has gone through several changes in leadership. The department was formerly affiliated with the Sierra Fire Protection District as well as the Nevada Department of Forestry, but in 2012 the Sierra Fire Protection District was replaced with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) which consolidated all of the volunteer fire departments in Washoe County under the TMFPD banner. Verdi VFD is now led by Chief Stephen Reich in a joint partnership with TMFPD leadership.

As evident by previous events, Verdi has a high risk of fire. More recent events such as the Caughlin Ranch Fire in 2011, which destroyed or damaged 42 homes, show that this trend continues.


References:

History

VerdiVolunteer Fire Department

Response District

Verdi-Mogul, Caughlin Ranch, SW Peavine, Dog Valley