BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Come Tuesday, Biloxi council members are expecting to pass a resolution that will put money in place for two new fire stations.
With population growth in Wool Market and near Cedar Lake Road off of Popp's Ferry, city leaders feel they're past due.
"It's time for us to pull the trigger and create a facility that is good for our citizens. It gives them the optimum protection for our citizens and businesses. It also gives our firefighters first class facilities for them to do their job," said Ward Six Councilman Kenny Glavan.
As of now, firefighters are working out of a trailer; their trucks in a nearby garage. Plans to build a new station at the site have been talked about for years, and finally it's become the city's priority.
"The big reason is interest rates, and we're looking at issuing some bonds and when the interest rates are low it's very conducive for us to go and borrow some money for this project," said Glavan.
The project will cost about $7 million; which will include the new station off of Popp's Ferry, a new station in Wool Market, and a training facility.
"Right now we have to use Keesler Air Force Base or other training areas, and now we can create that training facility right here in Biloxi that will be convenient for us to train and for other stations in the surrounding area to use as well," said Glavan.
The new locations are expected to reduce response time from an average of six minutes to three minutes, which equates to saving money.
"When we put these fire stations in place, it will drop us to at least at two [fire rating], and possibly a one, and that will decrease insurance rates for both residents and commercial businesses," said Glavan.
Councilman Glavan says they are also considering grants to help with funding.