South Mississippi welcomes new firefighters

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - South Mississippi has some new faces to help in the wake of an emergency. Wednesday afternoon, the Biloxi Fire Department welcomed 15 new recruits.

The men got a few final words of encouragement as they prepared for duty.

"My dad was a volunteer firefighter in Texas in the early 60's, and my brother Jared started in Long Beach in 1981. I was in high school at the time, and decided that's what I want to do," said Scott Dubuisson.

Dubuisson has been a Long Beach firefighter for 24 years.

The Dubuisson Family has a long history of saving lives across South Mississippi. Now there is yet another family member who's making that same committment.

"It's just a great opportunity. I love to help people. I just wanted to do my part," said Nick Dubuisson.

Nick is 19 years old, and like his father, uncle and grandfather, he is hopes to continue the Dubuissson legacy.

"I hope it goes further down the line after me, just to make sure that the whole family stays with it," said Nick.

Kirk Noffsinger, the assistant chief of the Biloxi fire department says like many other classes, the newest training class has already established a sense of comrodery.

"They work together. They eat together and they go on calls together, and get in very dangerous situations together," said Noffsinger.

Nine of the 15 new recruits will go to Biloxi bringing its total staff to nearly 200. Six others will be stationed throughout Hancock and Jackson Counties, joining the ranks of firefighters committed to protecting the people of South Mississippi.