Archive for September 2nd, 2010

The Uplifting Las Vegas Story of Fire Station Six

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

We hear lots of not so good news in Las Vegas these days. We hear about a lot of Government waste these days. But today, we get some good news on both fronts!  Good news for the citizens and students of Las Vegas and yes, brace yourself, good news about creative, responsible use of public funds and facilities. The Michelle Sterling Las Vegas real estate team is proud to tell this uplifting story of effective collaboration for the public good on our blog.

A new firehouse opened in Las Vegas this week. It is the first of it’s kind in the country. Seems the city couldn’t find affordable land, and the College of Southern Nevada didn’t have enough classrooms for it’s students wanting to study fire sciences. Spearheaded by Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian, the City and the College entered into a joint effort to house fireman and educate students in the same facility.  The land the firehouse sits on was donated to The City of Las Vegas by the College of Southern Nevada.

Station 6, located on the West Charleston Campus of CSN has three classrooms for CSN fire science students, an exercise room for firefighters, as well as a kitchen and sleeping areas for the firemen.  A glass wall gives students a front row view of the station’s equipment room, as well as a real life glimpse into the day-to-day life of firefighters. Taking it one step further, Bart Mangino, Principal of nearby Bonanza High school worked hard to create a career technical academy for his high school students. Those students will be able to earn college credits through the program. 

And to top it all off: the building came in under budget and includes solar panels to save money on energy. In a time of abundant negativity and mud-slinging, it truly is uplifting to see our community leaders collaborating on solutions that benefit the public, provide education and save money!  Wow !!  It is a good news day for Las Vegas without question. 

Let’s hope none of us ever need the services of Station 6 at our Las Vegas homes. But if we do, isn’t it comforting to know they are there.