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Olive Branch to build fire training center

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OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - The city of Olive Branch will soon build its own firefighter training center. 

Recently, the city's Board of Alderman redirected $25,000 from a bond issue to help build the new training site.  Olive Branch Fire Chief Johnny Eason says its much needed.

"Once we get this facility up and going, we'll be able to do some of the Fire Academy training here, and actually bring in some additional instructors from the State Fire Academy," he said.

Currently, any training required for the city's firefighters takes place three hours away in Jackson, Mississippi. Eason says building a facility nearby will not only save the city money on travel costs, but will also aid in training volunteer firefighters.

In addition, an improved fire rating will save residents money.

"We're actively trying to lower our rating, which would help homeowners insurance," he said. "It would also help the commercial business' fire insurance."

Hazel Gross owns the popular Hazel's Restaurant. She says anything that would help to lower insurance costs is a good thing.

"My insurance is expensive here at the restaurant, and I'm sure a lot of others are, and if it helps decrease it...I think it's a positive," she said.

Eason says most of the construction work will be done by himself and his team. Weather permitting, he hopes to have the new site up and operational by next summer.

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