Hen­der­son read­ies de­but of new fire­house Grand open­ing

Fire Sta­tion 91 pro­vides ser­vice in two city ar­eas

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - NEVADA - By Sandy Lopez Con­tact Sandy Lopez at slopez@ re­viewjour­nal.com or 702-3834686. Fol­low @Jour­nal­is­mSandy on Twit­ter.

Hen­der­son has its first new fire sta­tion in 15 years.

Fire Sta­tion 91, the city’s 10th, serves the In­spi­rada and Medeira Canyon ar­eas of Hen­der­son and of­fi­cially opened Oct. 23.

“It’s nice to see a firetruck driv­ing through the neigh­bor­hood,” In­spi­rada project man­ager and res­i­dent Jim Rizzi said. “It ab­so­lutely makes you feel safer and demon­strates our com­mit­ment to pub­lic safety.”

The nearly 11,000-square-foot build­ing in­cludes three ap­pa­ra­tus bays, train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and res­cue off-road ve­hi­cle, to help fire­fight­ers get to hik­ers in hard-to-reach ter­rains.

The sta­tion houses one fire en­gine and its crew, which con­sists of a cap­tain, an en­gi­neer, one fire­fighter and one fire­fighter/para­medic.

The sta­tion will start with seven dorm rooms but has space for four more, city spokes­woman Kathleen Richards said.

“The open­ing of Fire Sta­tion 91 will en­able us to con­tinue to pro­vide the high level of ser­vice that has made Hen­der­son Fire Depart­ment one of the best in the na­tion,” Hen­der­son Fire Chief Shawn White said in a state­ment. “It is per­fectly sit­u­ated to help us meet our goal for re­sponse times and in­crease the level of pro­tec­tion that we pro­vide to the com­mu­nity.”

Richards said the re­sponse time goal is six min­utes.

In 2016, the depart­ment re­sponded to 30,632 re­quests for ser­vice, a 6.8 per­cent in­crease from a year ear­lier and a 25.9 per­cent in­crease over five years, ac­cord­ing to the 2016 Hen­der­son Fire Depart­ment an­nual re­sponse re­port.

Richards said the depart­ment ex­pects to reach 32,000 calls for ser­vice this year.

In­spi­rada Builders do­nated the 3.42 acre site on which the sta­tion was built and pro­vided $6.6 mil­lion

WHAT: Mayor De­bra March, mem­bers of the Hen­der­son City Coun­cil, In­spi­rada Project Man­ager Jim Rizzi and Fire Chief Shawn White will wel­come peo­ple to Fire Sta­tion 91 and cut a rib­bon be­fore open­ing the sta­tion for tours.

WHEN: 5-6:30 p.m. Mon­day

WHERE: 2901 Democ­racy Drive (be­tween Via Contessa and Via Firenze) to­ward the cost of con­struc­tion and equip­ment.

In­spi­rada project man­ager and com­mu­nity res­i­dent Jim Rizzi said he hopes to pro­vide a sense of se­cu­rity to the master-planned com­mu­nity on the city’s western side.

“It’s nice to see a firetruck driv­ing through the neigh­bor­hood,” Rizzi said. “It ab­so­lutely makes you feel safer and demon­strates our com­mit­ment to pub­lic safety.”

“This state-of-the-art fire sta­tion will house crews and equip­ment to bat­tle fires and pro­vide life-sav­ing ser­vices to those in need of as­sis­tance and it demon­strates our deep com­mit­ment to pub­lic safety,” Mayor De­bra March said in a state­ment.

Chase Stevens Las Ve­gas Re­view-Jour­nal @cssteven­sphoto

Fire Sta­tion 91 in Hen­der­son is shown from the out­side dur­ing a tour Fri­day. The new fa­cil­ity is the 10th fire sta­tion in Hen­der­son and serves the In­spi­rada and Medeira Canyon ar­eas of the city.

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