BAY ST LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - By this time next month, people who live in the newly annexed area of Bay St. Louis will have fire protection closer to home. Construction on Fire Station #2 off Highway 603 is nearing completion.
When the station opens, it will make history. Never before has Bay St. Louis had two fire stations protecting the city.
"First and foremost, it kind of fulfills our obligation to provide descent fire service for the area that we annexed back in 2006," said Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame. "It's going to be able to house the four people we're going to have staffed out here on a 24-hour basis. But as the area grows and as the staffing requirements grow, we could house up to ten firefighters."
Adam LeBoeuf lives just two streets away from the new fire house. He's had a history of heart trouble, so fire and rescue nearby gives him peace of mind.
"It won't take them two minutes to get here if I get a heart attack or something," LeBoeuf said.
A second fire station equals quicker response time and puts the city in a better position to maintain and possibly improve its fire rating. For residents, that could mean a decrease in their fire insurance rates.
"It's going to save some," LeBoeuf said.
Bay St. Louis resident Estelle Stigler agreed, "Any savings is going to help people in the community."
Firefighters are expected to man the station by the second week of November.
The $1.7 million price tag on the building is being funded mainly through a community development block grant.