Groundbreaking held for new fire station in Ward 6 - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Groundbreaking held for new fire station in Ward 6

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DEQUINCY, LA (KPLC) - The groundbreaking ceremony for a new fire station in Ward 6 took place Monday.

The new station is expected to positively impact people living in the DeQuincy and Sulphur area. Aside from a quicker response rate, the new station will significantly drop insurance rates for people that do not currently live within seven miles of a fire station. Residents outside seven miles from a fire station pay up to three times more for insurance.

This will be the fourth fire station in Ward 6, and the fire department says it is needed. The fire chief, Tim Gilland, told us this project has been in the works for two years now. With the influx of people coming to Southwest Louisiana, he believes the new fire station was necessary.

"This new fire station is very critical for us, that we have it built, and get fire trucks and volunteers to respond so we can get protection to this area," Gilland said.

The new fire station will be manned by volunteers and the department is urging more people to step up. Currently, Ward 6 has 30 volunteers.

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