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Fire protection will soon increase in Biloxi

Station 7 on Cedar Lake Road should be ready to open in the fall of 2018.  The new station 10 on Old Highway 67 will be finished by the Spring of 2019. (Photo source: WLOX) Station 7 on Cedar Lake Road should be ready to open in the fall of 2018.  The new station 10 on Old Highway 67 will be finished by the Spring of 2019. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A trailer is the current fire station on Cedar Lake Road.  In the coming months, a new $3 million Station 7 will be built on the adjacent property.

In Woolmarket, property on Old Highway 67 will be home to a new $1.4 million Station 10, the first one in the area. 

Fire response times will improve dramatically and so will something else, according to Fire Chief Joe Boney.

"You can't measure minutes when people need medical assistance. Minutes are precious when people have medical issues," Boney said.

He added that home insurance rates could drop as well.

"We are certainly hoping that it's going to reduce the rating from a three now down to a two and possibly a one."

At the Cedar Lake Apartments, Jason Anderson sits on his porch watching the rain. The new fire station suits him just fine. 

"I think it's a really, really good idea. Because it's going to help the people in the area, get the fires down, and all of that above that," Anderson said. 

The same is true for Jerry Bryd, who owns a home off Old Highway 67.

"For me as a homeowner, and for the rest of the families around here, a fire station has been a long way from us for a long time. So this one coming in I think will help and we're glad to see it coming," Byrd said.

While two new fire departments are certainly good for the people who live in Biloxi and call it home, perhaps it's even better news for the firefighters who work at the fire department. Let's say after living in a trailer for more than a decade, a new fire station is mighty good for morale.

"It's very cramped quarters now and whenever we have a hurricane or any type issue like that, we have to evacuate this building," Battalion Chief Tony Murphy explained. "It's going to be a real asset to us to be able to get them in a hardened and we're also going to have a training facility as part of that station so it's going to mean a lot to us.”

Station 7 on Cedar Lake Road should be ready to open in the fall of 2018.  The new station 10 on Old Highway 67 will be finished by the Spring of 2019.

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