HURLEY, MS (WLOX) - After years of suffering from flooding problems and other issues, the Northeast Jackson County Fire Department will host an open house on Saturday to showcase a brand new fire station on Highway 613.
"It gives me a sense of pride knowing once we're there, I'm going to do the best I can to help ease the pain and suffering," said Jeremy Snelgrove, firefighter.
Built with tax dollars, the new building has a day room, kitchen, meeting space and bedrooms. Firefighters say they will be able to rest a little easier at night. Before the renovations, there were problems with visitors entering the building at all types of odd hours.
"At 10 o'clock the station completely locks down where nobody can enter it except for the volunteers through certain points of the fire station," said Chief Kaleb Kirkwood. "Anyone from the public, the front is always open. They can go into the front and ring the bell. Somebody can come let them in if need be."
Firefighters are hoping Hurley residents will come out to see them on Saturday.
"I think it would be nice to have the public come in and see what their taxpayer dollars have went towards as far as the new station station, compared to what the old one looked like," said Snelgrove.
Firefighters say a new building is a big boost to team morale. Along with the open house, which begins at 10:30 am, there will also be a ceremony at 11 a.m. dedicating the station to department founders S.E. "Buddy" Cumbest and Howard Duer, as well as to former long time chief, the late Corky Tigner.
Firefighters say there will also be food, children's games and equipment demonstrations.