The Mississippi State Fire Academy will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Fire Station/Dormitory/State Disaster Staging Area Construction Project (GS #505-030) on Wednesday, May 15 at 9:30 a.m. 

The academy trains over 15,000 students annually and is dedicated to providing cutting-edge technology training to emergency responders from municipal, volunteer, and industrial fire departments within the state, throughout the nation, and the world.

Governor Phil Bryant, the 2019 legislative body, and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney worked to allocate the funds for the $12 million project, a single building in which will meet three major needs of the state.  The fire station will simulate a real world environment for Fire Academy students to better prepare fire fighters in training.  The dormitory will increase available space for students, thereby allowing the Mississippi State Fire Academy to offer more classes.  More students trained means a larger number of qualified first responders to serve Mississippi communities.  Finally, in the event of a major disaster in Mississippi, the building will serve as a staging area for first responders, as they travel to and from the disaster scene.

Located in Pearl, Miss., the Mississippi State Fire Academy is a division of the Mississippi Insurance Department.

The public is invited to attend this event.

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