New Powers fire station to open in a few weeks

One Jones County fire department is building its new fire station on the site of a former school that was destroyed by fire.  Today, ground was broken for the new Powers Volunteer Fire and Rescue Building on Highway 184.

It's on the site of the old Powers Elementary School which was destroyed in a fire several years ago.  Jones County schools donated the property to the fire department.

The new station will have 5 large bays for trucks and will provide better access to the highway.  Construction should take about six weeks.

"This location allows us dual access onto and off the highway, both east and westbound and it will be much safer access for us and the motoring public, but then it will also allow us much more room," said Lance Chancellor, Public Information Officer for Powers Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

The fire department will use the old school's gymnasium for training and meetings.