Coast fire departments agree to help each other in time of need

Coast fire departments agree to help each other in time of need

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The D'Iberville and Biloxi fire departments have agreed to lend each other a helping hand.

The two organizations now have a mutual aid agreement in writing. According to Chief Gerald Smith with the D'Iberville Fire Department, the agreement simply states that they can lean on the Biloxi police department for help if the need arises, and vice versa.

Chief Smith says a verbal agreement has been in place for years, and Biloxi has helped them out on several occasions, such as the Arbor View Apartment complex fire in 2014.

One of the reasons the agreement is important is because Biloxi has a large ladder truck that can be of great use if a tall building were to catch fire.

"If in fact something did happen, we need a truck from Biloxi, we'll request one they'll send one and the same thing's true about us," said Smith. "In the future, even after the casino opens, even after we get our new ladder truck, if they need help we will send people to help, if we need help they send people to help us and that's what the mutual aid agreement is about."

Chief Smith says the city of D'Iberville has a large ladder truck on order that should be delivered in December. At tonight's D'Iberville city council meeting, council members voted to approve the agreement.

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