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City breaks ground on new east Vegas fire station

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An artist rendering of a new fire station in east Las Vegas is displayed at a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 7, 2013. (FOX5) An artist rendering of a new fire station in east Las Vegas is displayed at a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 7, 2013. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Las Vegas city officials broke ground Monday on the site of a new $6.7 million fire station in the east end.

The Las Vegas Fire and Rescue station at Page Street and Bonanza Road was slated to open next summer. According to the city, the east Las Vegas station is expected to house one engine company and a rescue unit.

In addition, the 7,600-square-foot station will have two fire engine bays and will be staffed by three platoons of firefighters.

The station sits in Ward 3, which is described as one of the city's most mature areas.

"[There's] not a lot of space between the homes, [and] very high call volume here," said city of Las Vegas Fire Chief Willie McDonald. "The construction and operation of a fire station in this part of the city will dramatically improve our ability to provide services here. Response time will be reduced significantly."

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Ward 3 Councilman Bob Coffin were also on hand for the groundbreaking.

The new station is scheduled to open during the summer of 2014.

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