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Proposed fire stations would improve Biloxi's fire rating

City spokesman Vincent Creel said officials hope construction on the two new stations can begin sometime next year. (Photo source: WLOX) City spokesman Vincent Creel said officials hope construction on the two new stations can begin sometime next year. (Photo source: WLOX)
Proposed fire department location (Photo source: Kenny Glavan) Proposed fire department location (Photo source: Kenny Glavan)
Proposed fire department location (Photo source: Kenny Glavan) Proposed fire department location (Photo source: Kenny Glavan)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Years of planning could now turn into action in North Biloxi. The city is considering a proposal to build and equip two new fire stations.

Fire Chief Joe Boney said Fire Station 7 on Popp’s Ferry Rd. has been in need of an upgrade for more than a decade. The station currently consists of a garage and a mobile trailer for fire personnel to work out of.

"There is a hanger that houses the trucks. A trailer provides working quarters for the firemen,” said Councilman Kenny Glavan. “We just replaced the mold-ridden trailer with a new, temporary one a couple of weeks ago. We also want to add a training facility. Most of our training is done at Keesler. We would improve our fire rating to a two or even a one. No city has a rating better than a three in the entire state."

Fire Station 10 will be located on Old Highway 67. Boney said while the latter will mean new hires for the department, both stations will help improve response time and the city's fire rating.

“When you get equipment in that area that's not there yet, it makes a big difference,” Boney said. “The state rating bureau requires that we have equipment be able to respond within a certain period of time, and we cannot meet that need right now in that area of Woolmarket.”

City spokesman Vincent Creel said officials hope construction on the two new stations can begin sometime next year. Glavan said the city council will take up the issue at its meeting Tuesday.

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