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Harrison County opens new fire station

LIZANA, MS (WLOX) -

By Elizabeth Vowell – email

LIZANA, MS (WLOX) - Canal Road is now home to the fifth fire station in the Lizana Fire Grading District. Located just a few miles north of I-10, the new station is the result of a $500,000 investment made by Harrison County and the fire service.

"County fire services are a tremendous value. The tax payers don't always realize that. They keep a limited budget, yet they keep our fire ratings low," said Harrison County Supervisor District 2 Kim Savant.

In addition to having even more protection, residents living within five miles will also see a big reduction in their fire insurance.

"What this will do is bring the insurance rates down to about a class eight. Which means about a 40% reduction in your homeowners insurance," said Harrison County Fire Marshall George Mixon.

The Canal Road Station will also be home to the service's newest fire engine, a $200,000 truck funded by the County board of supervisors.

"It was needed. Our equipment is outdated. We actually should have updated about nine trucks, two years ago but we didn't have the money to do it, so I thought this was a good purchase," said Savant.

This new station was put on Canal Road thanks to a growth spurt in the surrounding community. 

"In this particular area, we have a lot of subdivisions here. Businesses have grown up over here," said Savant.

The station is officially active, and will begin rotating paid and volunteer firefighters in a few days.

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