Commissioner William McCurdy II and the Clark County Fire Department celebrated the completion of a new fire station on the east side of the Las Vegas Valley that included a ceremonial cutting of a fire hose, an honor guard, and free COVID-19 vaccines for residents in the underserved area.
The opening event and vaccination effort took place April 12 at the station at 150 N. Nellis Blvd., just north of Charleston Boulevard. The state-of-the-art facility replaces a station that was built on the same site in 1979.
COVID-19 vaccinations were provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the conclusion of the opening ceremony. Anyone who had hoped to get the vaccine at the fire station but was not vaccinated may visit the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) website to schedule an appointment. You also may view this chart to see a list of vaccination locations across the Las Vegas Valley. Additionally, extended-hour vaccinations will be available beginning Tuesday, April 13, at the Las Vegas Convention Center site. Appointments for that location can be scheduled on the SNHD website.
The new Station #61 houses a fire engine and a paramedic rescue unit and features three apparatus bays, a kitchen and dining area, a captain’s office, fitness center, day room with multi-media entertainment system, 12 private sleeping quarters, and an outdoor living space.
“This is a state-of-the-art fire station that vastly improves our public safety response on the east side of the valley,” said Commissioner McCurdy. “When a fire or medical emergency happens, you want help as soon as possible and this added resource should help improve response times in the area.”
“CCFD is very grateful to have a new fire station to serve the community,” said Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck. “The location is perfect and we wanted a new station there even though the lot was undersized. It took an innovative design with some creative space planning to make it a reality.”
The original station was built in 1979. It was completely demolished and a new 10,311-square-foot facility designed by award-winning TSK Architects was constructed on the same site. The contractor was Rafael Construction.
“It’s exciting to announce the completion of Clark County Fire Station #61,” said Windom Kimsey, president and CEO of TSK Architects. “We’re honored to have been chosen to design a state-of-the-art station for the incredible men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect our city and residents. The original structure had served its purpose and it is gratifying to revitalize the space and create a new station that’s fit to serve for years to come.”
Design began on the project in February 2017, with construction starting in May 2018. TSK’s partners in this collaboration were Intrepid Engineering, Poggemeyer Design Group, Nova Geotech, MA Engineering, and Lage Design.
The Clark County Fire Department is the largest in Nevada with 30 full-time fire stations and 13 volunteer fire stations in rural areas. The department received 126,706 calls for service in 2020 and sent 151,814 pieces of apparatus to those calls. The Fire Department also maintains one of only 28 urban search and rescue teams in the country and provides fire and rescue services to the nation’s 9th-busiest airport. Its full-time staff includes 700 paid employees and about 200 rural volunteer firefighters.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.