Beaufort News

Beaufort, Port Royal continue talks on fire headquarters

City of Beaufort and town of Port Royal elected officials continued discussions Monday on the potential for a new joint fire station in the Mossy Oaks area that could serve as a central headquarters for the Beaufort Fire Department.

Beaufort City Council members recently approved a resolution calling for a committee of city and town representatives to study the idea and look for possible locations for a new headquarters. Port Royal currently contracts with Beaufort to provide fire service.

"We're assuming we're one big fire department together," Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling said Monday at a joint meeting of Beaufort and Port Royal councils. "... I think what we need is for Port Royal to do some thinking."

Port Royal Town Council likely will consider a similar resolution next month, Councilman Joe Lee said.

The Beaufort Fire Department's current headquarters sits on Ribaut Road near the intersection with Boundary Street.

Port Royal has a station on Paris Avenue, and Beaufort also has a station on Mossy Oaks Road, which is nearing the end of its life, Negron has said. Beaufort awarded Servpro a $2,500 contract to fix the structure's leaking roof while Beaufort and Port Royal decide if they want to build a new headquarters in the area, Negron said earlier this year.

"I think a joint station, if that is entertained by the committee, would bring a sense of ownership to town of Port Royal citizens and a shared sense of ownership to the citizens of Beaufort," Negron said.