GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The city of Gulfport will close one of its fire stations. Gulfport's Interim Fire Chief Billy Bragg confirmed to WLOX News that Fire Station 4 will close Tuesday.
Station 4 is about a mile from downtown on East Railroad Street. The nine firefighters and the equipment there will be reassigned to four other fire houses in the city, all south of the railroad tracks.
Chief Bragg told WLOX News that fire protection in the city will not be compromised by the closing.
City spokesman Ryan LaFontaine said the decision to mothball Station 4 was made due to city budget constraints.
The future of Station 4 has been in question for some time. Last year, Mayor George Schloegel proposed consolidating that location with Station 7 on Cowan Road, but that idea was scrapped.
The closing will come on the same day Mayor Schloegel addresses the city's financial situation in his first State of the City address. Schloegel will touch on Gulfport's continuing recovery from Hurricane Katrina. The mayor is also expected to offer a detailed plan that could erase the city's deficit by year's end.
WLOX News will bring you coverage of the address, which is set for 6pm at the Lyman Community Center on Highway 49.