Gulf Park Estates Fire Station Reopens

Fire Chief Marshal Robinson is amazed to see the progress made at the Gulf Park Estates Fire Station, especially after water inundated the place 27 months ago.

"We lost all the trucks that were stationed in this building. We were having to move all the way across our fire district. We moved up to St. Andrews, our main station," Robinson said.

The financial hit was just as hard as the move for Robinson and his team.

"We had to replace all the furnishings, as far as cabinets and kitchen appliances. It has been a real costly event to put the station back together, a total rebuild," Robinson said.

Now the firefighters are back home, which means quicker response times during emergencies.

"Monday through Friday, we'll have a firefighter during the normal daylight hours. We are able to give quick and needed responses to citizens of Gulf Park."

The reopening is excellent news to Jackson County Supervisor John McKay. McKay says all the fire departments in his district are once again fully operational.

"For the most part, it's strictly volunteers. The people right here have been on the job continuously since Hurricane Katrina," McKay said.

Now the only thing missing inside this newly remodeled station is furniture.

"We have a couple of folding chairs and plastic chairs,"  Robinson said.

Robinson is hoping for donations to help make the first responders' living quarters a little more livable. If you're interested in helping out, just call (228) 872-5341.

Chief Robinson says the Gulf Park Estates Station will hold its grand opening ceremony later this month.