Grant would allow Jones County fire station to reopen

Grant would allow Jones County fire station to reopen

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Currie Community in Jones County could see its only fire station, which is currently closed, reopen with the help of a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The Jones County Board of Supervisors approved assurance money needed to apply for a USDA grant totaling $375,000.

The assurance money needed is $80,000, since the grant is a 25 percent/75 percent matching funds grant.

Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna made the request during last month's meeting.

McKenna said that the money would be used to purchase a new fire truck for the fire station, which would allow it to reopen.

The station has been closed for several years, which caused the fire rating in the community to rise to a class 10.

With the reopening of the station, the rating would drop back down to a class 8 fire rating, which would save residents in the community hundreds of dollars.

"The station was closed due to the lack of equipment and the lack of personnel in the area," McKenna said. "We now have four firefighters in that area that's going to be able to respond to that station and with that station seeing activity; we hope that we increase participation from throughout the neighborhood."

With Supervisor Johnny Burnett presiding in the absence of board President Jerome Wyatt, the Jones County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to provide the necessary funds to apply for the grant.