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Rural district to get new fire station

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

Residents in Caddo District 12, along Lake Shore Drive and Jefferson Paige Road, may breath a little easier in the coming months. Fire protection in the area is considered very substandard, but a new fire station is in the works that'll solve the issue. Commissioner Ken Epperson announced Thursday a manned fire station will be built to service the rural area.

"For the last couple of years, we've had several fires over on that side of town," Epperson, who represents district 12, said. "I think we've had a number of house that burned down completely."

The station will be built along Jolly Napier Road, which is in Fire District 3. Epperson says it's a state grant funding the station's construction. It will replace a recently closed, unmanned station.

"Due to budgetary constrains and all that, the station was shutdown and was inoperable," Epperson said. "Now that we have the funds, we're going to have a station built over there that's going to be manned 24 hours."

Epperson also hopes to secure funds to complete Dawson Road, connecting it to Greenwood Road. He says that'll help first responders service the area.

"I'm going to be aggressively seeking the amount of money to make that happen in the 2014 budget," Epperson said.

Epperson expects construction on the new fire station will start in 2014. He says around $350,000 have been granted by the State of Louisiana to fund construction.

 

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