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Moss Point breaks ground for bigger, better central fire station

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MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Construction is underway on a state-of-the-art fire station in Moss Point. Monday, city officials broke ground on the facility. 

For years, firefighters have said they're working out of an antiquated building, that was also beaten and battered by Hurricane Katrina.

"It has seen its better days, let's put it that way," Fire Inspector Robert Lavinghouse said about the old station.

Firefighters can easily point to problems, big and small, at the station.

"We need size. When we have an emergency call come up, we don't need to be bumping into each other," firefighter Woodrow McCarthy said.

Hurricane Katrina pushed several feet of water into the station, only adding to the problems.

"You see some of the ceiling tiles falling down, and the front door doesn't open anymore."

A new home for these firefighters is now about to come out of the ground. Two years ago, the city bought the Bellview property near the downtown district.  Moss Point Mayor Aneice Liddel said the two story fire station will allow firefighters to better protect the city and better protect the firefighters in times of crisis.

"Now they can operate during a storm, and they can get in and out and hopefully be able to respond to citizens much faster," Liddel said.

John Addison's company, Construction Services, is in charge of the build. He said the new station will be stronger and sturdier.

"It will be built with FEMA 361 guidelines. All the windows and doors will be impact resistant. All the interior is reinforced with concrete and steel," Addison said.

Firefighters are already anticipating moving day.

"It is long overdue," Lavinghouse said.

Moss Point firefighters said the new station will also meet the practical day-to-day needs, with a large truck bay for vehicles and equipment. It will also have a new training facility and spacious living quarters.

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