(Las Vegas, KXNT)-The east side of Las Vegas is welcoming its brand new fire station on Wednesday.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman along with Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid will help officially open the station, located on Bonanza near Lamb Boulevard.

The City of Las Vegas paid more than 6.5 million dollars to build the station, coming in under budget by $174,000.  Fire expert Tim Szymanski says this area in east Las Vegas desperately needed a fire station, equipped with medical emergency responders.

“It’s a very heavily populated area and you have the highway close by…that typically results in more emergency calls, ” explained Szymanski.  “We needed a station nearby that would help reduce that response time.”

So far, it’s working.  The fire station has been in operation for the last week.   Szymanski says they have already been able to cut down on response times at that station by two minutes.

“A fire intensifies every two minutes.  Just two days after opening, we had a house fire that was contained to the garage.  We were able to respond much faster and save the property,” said Szymanski.

He adds it’s the same for medical emergency calls, saying a person’s lack of oxygen for several minutes can cause irreversible brain damage.  With a faster response, they hope to prevent that.

The federal government is also stepping in to help the city.  They have granted Las Vegas the SAFER grant which will provide $6.2 million over the next two years to help pay for 20 firefighters.

The official grand opening ceremony is scheduled for 10:30AM.

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