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Firefighters on call for now, Reno City Council decides next steps

RENO, Nev. -- The preliminary injunction issued regarding the lawsuit filed by the Reno Fire Fighters Union against the City of Reno on Tuesday keeps 32 firefighters on call for now.

This ruling, made by Washoe District Judge Lidia Stiglich, is not a final decision on the fate of the 32 Reno firefighters who received layoff notices in May, but it is rather an effort to "preserve the status quo" until a decision is reached.

Members of the Reno Fire Fighters Association, including Dennis Jacobsen, are pleased with this outcome -- albeit temporary.

"It is always nice when an authoritative figure sides with your position, gives [you] a little bit of an opinion or feeling that we [are] on the right side of the argument or the right side of the issue; and so it's a good feeling, I think any of us would appreciate that," said Jacobsen.

Although not yet solved, the issue is still on the docket for today's city council meeting.

The council will discuss spending up to $600,000 to hire a law firm specifically for lawsuits, collective bargaining, and labor relations issues such as those with the fire union.