Cedar Popp’s Fire Station groundbreaking

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After 18 years of planning, the Cedar Popp’s Fire Station in north Biloxi is becoming a reality.

City leaders and members of the Biloxi Fire Department broke ground today on the one year, $4.2 million project which will serve as a hub of operations for the entire northern portion of Biloxi.

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The architect behind the plans, Fire Chief Joe Boney, and City Councilman Kenny Glavan have all worked together closely to finally make good on the long awaited addition to the city’s fire department. Mark Williams with Williams and Associates Architecture said, “We started the plans for this station before Hurricane Katrina and they went through several iterations and once Chief Boney became chief those iterations became a reality.”

Councilman Glavan said, “We’re adding a training facility to this complex which is very important. It costs about $8,000 to train a firefighter. We can avoid that cost and train them right here in Biloxi, Mississippi.”

The firemen serving that area are currently working out of a trailer. The new station will be a 13,000 square foot, multi-functional fire command station.