BALDWYN, Miss. (WTVA) -- Baldwyn Fire Chief Jerry Ozbirn looks over a control board that has definitely seen better days.
Thirty years ago, a pump system was installed in the Charles M. Gordon Industrial Park.
A 500,000 gallon tank is in place to provide water to sprinkler systems for local manufacturers.
The system has become unreliable.
Chief Ozbirn says a tank and pump system is essential in a town where firefighters are all volunteers.
"We would have to upgrade our department to completely full time. We would have to buy new equipment and you're looking at a truck that may cost in the neighborhood of $250,000 to $300,000," Chief Ozbirn said.
That's where Jack Griffith steps in. He helped Baldwyn to acquire a $127,000 grant from the Mississippi Development Authority.
He is a Corinth-based planning consultant.
"The problem we have here with this now is that the control system and the pumping system doesn't work so that's what we're trying to replace," Griffith said.
The chief believes a new system will attract more industry as well.
"The sooner we get this in motion and more industry to help the economy of this city, our board and mayor are trying to do all they can to get everything going and it's looking bright for the future," Chief Ozbirn added.
The project is set to be complete in six months.