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New Ward 6 fire substation to be opened

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday, July 21, on a new Ward 6 Fire Department substation at 1617 Holbrook Park Road. When finished on Nov. 1, the substation will have two truck bays, two bathrooms, and a storage area.

The substation will benefit homeowners in the Holbrook Park Road and Dunn's Ferry Road area. Currently Ward 6 Fire Dept. has a mutual aid agreement with Ward 1 Fire (Moss Bluff) to help cover the area. But homes within seven road miles of a substation receive reduced homeowner's insurance rates. If a home is even one-tenth of a mile past the limit, insurance rates more than double.

Funding for the substation is provided by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. When the Police Jury purchased the Ward 6 Fire Training Center in 2000 to have a parishwide training center, one of the provisions was that the Police Jury would fund a substation at a later date. Plans for this substation have been in progress for nearly two years. Frey Construction had the winning bid.

The next substation being planned for Ward 6 Fire Department is on Bud Bennett Road in the Edgerly area.

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