LAS VEGAS -- Emergency calls have increased so much in one part of the valley, it could soon be getting two new fire stations.
Currently, the oldest fire station in Clark County covers the northeast section of the valley which is one of the busiest areas. The response time for that station is 7 1/2 minutes.
The county fire chief says a new fire station in a now-vacant lot near Washington Avenue and Mt. Hood Street could bring faster emergency help to neighborhoods in the area.
"Originally, they told us it was going to be a park," said Alfredo Corral, a neighbor.
"There's a lot of seniors in this neighborhood and we thought that would be a great thing to have a walking track," neighbor Dianna Bryant added.
Neighbors wanted a park, but the county could decide by Tuesday, that the property be used for a new fire station.
"We will be servicing our taxpayers. We are more than happy to help the neighbors, but we want to make sure we are servicing the taxpayers of the community," Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington said.
He says a high call volume to the old station make it one of the busiest in the state. At 35-years-old, he says, the fire house needs replacing and could move closer to people in need. It would cost $4.2 million to build a new station.
Just a little more than a mile away sits a Las Vegas fire station. Like the county, the city of Las Vegas plans to build another fire station in the area by the end of the year.
"When we start reaching about 5,000 calls per unit then we try to add another unit, because that unit is so busy, it can't catch the calls in that area," said Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire Department public education and information officer.
City fire crews responded to a record 100,000 calls in 2013. The number that could continue to rise as the population grows and homes and their residents get older.
"I think that would probably be a good thing because there's a lot of elderly in this neighborhood. The ambulance is here a lot. I've had the ambulance here myself," Bryant said.