Aug. 26, 2010 

I invite all of you to join me for a very special ceremonial dedication of the new city of Las Vegas Fire Station 6/CSN Instructional Center on Monday, Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. at the CSN Charleston campus.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue's Station 6 moved into this unique, 15,423-square-foot building, located on the southwest corner of the campus, this week. The facility houses a four-bay apparatus area, exercise room, day room, captain's office, kitchen, rescue, engine and ladder dormitories as well as 4,633 square feet of general classroom space for CSN students.

This project is a result of a collaboration between the city of Las Vegas, College of Southern Nevada and the Clark County School District. This new state-of-the-art fire station will provide an additional layer of safety for the neighborhood, while at the same time providing classroom space to teach our future firefighters. Using the land that CSN had available saved the city from having to spend taxpayer dollars on purchasing a location for the station. Instead, the city was able to spend the $7 million solely on the facility itself.

Students across the street at Bonanza High School who are interested in the fire services will be able to see first-hand what goes into being a firefighter. As a result of our partnership, Bonanza will be home to the school district's fire science magnet program and students looking to go into the fire services will be able to attend classes in this building and gain college credit.

Another innovative part of this fire station is that it is equipped with solar panels that provide 10 percent of the facility's power. The building is also designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Fire Station 6 is the first solar project that the city has completed. The city has already received a $127,000 rebate check from NV Energy because of its energy-saving design. The station is part of an ongoing solar project that will include nearly 1,000 solar-covered parking spaces across the city. This project will generate more than 50,836 kilowatt hours of power and save the city thousands of dollars annually.

I hope you can join me for this very special event!


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