Biloxi fire department reaches major milestone

Biloxi fire department reaches major milestone
A vehicle sitting outside a home in Gautier burst into flames Friday just before noon. It happened on Westlane, which is right off Spanish Trail Avenue. (Photo source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Tuesday is a big day for the Biloxi Fire Department.

It's the first day of service for 10 firefighters who were recently hired by the department.

The new additions will give the Biloxi Fire Department enough manpower to meet the national standard of 15 firefighters for any active call.

It's all thanks to a $1.2 million dollar grant that will pay for a total of 12 new firefighters.

10 of the new employees have been training since December. The other two have not yet been hired.

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