March 14, 2023

Mississippi State Fire Academy cuts ribbon on new building Wednesday

Therese Apel

The Mississippi State Fire Academy will host a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. on March 15 for their new fire station and dormitory building on campus.

The lobby of the building will be dedicated to District 30 Senator Dean Kirby in appreciation for his support and being the driving force in making the new facility possible, officials said in a release Tuesday.

The 29,000 sqft building houses two classrooms, 12 offices, 32 dorm rooms, a brand-new weight room, and a six-unit, three-door apparatus bay. It will also boast several training features such as anchor points for rope rescue and confined space entry.

This event is open to the public on MSFA’s campus at #1 Fire Academy USA.

“We’re excited to have this new Dormitory and Fire House on campus. We want the best trained firefighters serving your communities throughout Mississippi. This building will help us facilitate more classes and train more firefighters to achieve that goal,” said MSFA Executive Director Terry Wages.

“The Fire Academy is already one of the premier training institutes in the United States,” said Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney. “This building allows us to train more firefighters in top tier facilities with great instructors. It’s not just a boom for the fire academy but for the whole state.”

The new dormitory and fire house is rated Storm Safe thanks to a grant from MEMA’s Office of Hazard Mitigation. It will also serve as a State Emergency Response Facility.

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