GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Gulfport Fire Department was granted $2.7 million to replace its current headquarter station on Dedeaux Road.
On Tuesday afternoon, Gulfport City Council approved a resolution to fund the long-awaited project. Council leaders bumped the cost from an initial $2.5 million to cover administrative fees.
Chief Michael Beyerstedt said he’s excited to see Station 9 finally be replaced.
“We’ve been fighting to get this project approved for nearly 10 years,” he said.
The aging building was not designed to be a fire station, according to Beyerstedt. But, the department has used the facility as its headquarters for about 20 years.
Top priorities for the new station include a designating and outdoor training space and building a classroom, among other issues. In September, WLOX News Now reported that the new station will be located just one mile away from the current building.
“[There will be] More room for equipment that we have up in that area, getting stuff inside. It’ll be an upgrade in almost every way you can think of, so we’re really excited about it," Beyerstedt added."