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Temporary Fire Station Will Be Operational On Bonanza Road Before Demolition Begins
Demolition of Las Vegas Fire Station 3 will begin Wednesday, Oct. 10, following a 10 a.m. flag ceremony with Ward 5 Councilman Cedric Crear and Las Vegas Fire Chief William McDonald at the station at 2645 W. Washington Ave.
City of Las Vegas Fire Station 3, now 38 years old and in need of replacement, will close this month; staff and equipment will move to a temporary station while the original station is demolished and rebuilt in the original location. The temporary station will consist of modular trailers for staff and canopies for the fire trucks, all in a city parking lot at 2302 W. Bonanza Road.
Construction of the new station is expected to begin in December 2018. The new station is expected to be operational in February 2020. The new 14,800-square-foot, four-bay station will have a third more space than the old building, plus drive-through bays, updated technology, more security and better plumbing, as well as new fencing, parking lots for the public and staff, new landscaping, a new 600-square-foot storage building and a backup generator. The new building is expected to qualify for silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
“We are looking forward to improving our fire safety in Ward 5 with this station reconstruction,” said Ward 5 Councilman Cedric Crear. “This station has been at the heart of Ward 5 since 1980 and the residents have long depended on its crews for help in emergencies.”
Because of its central location, Fire Station 3 hosts two specialty units for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and residents – the HazMat unit and the CBRNE unit. The Hazardous Materials (HazMat) specialty unit is equipped with tools, equipment and supplies to handle hazardous materials incidents. All of the personnel assigned to fire station 3 are members of the department’s hazardous material team. Las Vegas Fire & Rescue operates the only public safety hazardous materials response team in Southern Nevada and has a response area of the entire southern part of Nevada. CBRNE is a four-person specialty unit that responds to chemical/biological/radiological /nuclear/explosive (CBRNE) incidents and assists at all working fires and bomb squad responses.
CORE Construction is the project contractor. Cost of the project, funded by Fire Safety Initiative bonds, is budgeted at $340,000 for the temporary station facilities/utility infrastructure and $9,280,000 for the new station. The existing public art at the current station will be preserved and displayed at the new station.