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Biloxi Fire Department hosts blood drive

54 views – Jazell Ladner – 2022-11-10 17:58:54

The is ‘Heatin’ up the Holidays’ by teaming up with the Blood Center as they urged more people to donate blood.

In a room full of first responders and volunteers, every participant came to help with the national blood shortage.

Within the first couple of hours, the Blood Center had reached its halfway goal from the generosity of donors while the firefighters handed out refreshments.

The Blood Center Coordinator John Pace tells 25 there is less than two days’ worth of blood left on the shelves nationwide.

To thank each donor, they were…

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Overnight fires cause damages on election day in Jackson MS

69 views – Mississippi – 2022-11-08 11:36:24

The Jackson is investigating seven fires that happened overnight just a few miles from Jackson State University.

Patrick Armon, assistant Jackson Fire chief, said he received the about the fires around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“The fires that caused the most damage were located on Dalton Street and Isaiah Montgomery Road,” Armon said. “Fires were set on Robinson Road, Street, Briggs Street, Isaiah Montgomery Street, Lynch Street, Dalton Street and Terry Road.

“Since the incident, we have put out all fires as we continue the investigation.”

Officials said they believe…

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Gulfport Fire Department shows support for breast cancer awareness

Biloxi - Local News Feed Images 011 – Jazell Ladner – 2022-10-21 17:18:01

The is showing its support for those going through breast cancer by wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

When the firefighters received their department shirts, they were happy to show their support for a good cause.

Each shirt was outlined in pink on the back and on the front had a pink ribbon behind their logo.

The firefighters have been wearing pink t-shirts on duty and in the community this month.

Firefighters are at increased risk for numerous cancers. Studies show cancer can be directly linked to carcinogens and other chemicals…

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Biloxi Assistant Fire Chief Jason Davis wins Firefighter of the Year award

190 views – Rick Gogreve – 2022-09-26 17:27:40

A Assistant Chief was named Louisiana, Mississippi, West Tennessee District of Kiwanis International Firefighter of the 2021-22 Year.

Assistant Chief Jason Davis has been with the since September 1998. Over the 24 years, he has had several duties such as firefighter, fire inspector, fire investigator, chaplain, and more.

He was promoted to his current title as assistant chief late last year.

Chief Davis was selected for this award out of 300 nominees across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

He says he’s humbled to…

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Blind dog rescued from hole at California construction site

113 views – WXXV Staff – 2022-09-23 16:17:31

This image provided by the Pasadena showing firefighters pose with a Cesar a blind dog that was rescued from a hold in Pasadena, Calif. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. Firefighters have rescued a 13-year-old blind dog that fell into a hole at a California construction site. (Pasadena Fire Department via AP)

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have rescued a 13-year-old blind dog that fell into a hole at a California construction site.

According to KABC-TV, the dog, named Cesar, lives next to the site in Pasadena with his owner. The dog apparently wandered…

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City of Ocean Springs hiring first responders

171 views – Lorraine Weiskopf – 2022-09-19 21:26:32

The City of is hiring officers and firefighters.

25’s Lorraine Weiskopf stopped by the Ocean Springs and spoke with firefighters about what being a first responder means to them.

Ocean Springs Firefighter Adam Johnson said, “I’ve worked for Ocean Springs Fire for four years now and every bit of those four years has been a great experience for me.”

If you’re debating becoming a first responder, talk with Johnson. “I like the most about firefighting is to go and give a helping hand to people that need it because that…

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Tupelo 9/11 Stair Climb Honors the Fallen and Promotes Community


by Meredith Biesinger, Our Mississippi Home

“Never forget” is a term that is often said when referencing the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Tupelo ensures that no one will ever forget the great sacrifice, heroism, and emotions that took place that day through its annual Tupelo 9/11 Stair Climb.

This is the sixth year for the Stair Climb, an event that would not be possible without Melinda Monts, the wife of Captain Monts, and the Tupelo Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

The Tupelo 9/11 Stair Climb pays to the 343 firefighters, 72 law enforcement, and 8 EMTs who lost their lives on Ground Zero on September 11.

Melinda Monts spearheaded the event six years ago to raise funds for the fire department and a local charity of their choosing while also honoring the first responders who sacrificed…

This article first appeared on Our Mississippi Home.

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Mayor Lumumba says water connections being restored, welcomes state to the table


Mayor Lumumba says water connections being restored, welcomes state to the table

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said Tuesday the city’s water pressure is seeing improvements thanks to efforts to restore pressure in the system overnight, and that more residents are with water now than yesterday.

The mayor addressed Gov. Tate Reeves’ announcement Monday night that Jackson’s main treatment plant had begun to fail to produce drinking water for the city, which preceded a state of emergency that the governor declared on Tuesday.

“We’ve been going it alone for the better part of two years when it comes to the Jackson water crisis,” Lumumba said at the briefing. “Now we are excited to finally welcome the state to the table.”

While the mayor expressed his gratitude for the state’s assistance, he also disputed some of what Reeves described Monday night. For one, Lumumba said Reeves’ claim that untreated water was entering the distribution system is false.

He also said the current failure to produce adequate water pressure at the O.B. Curtis treatment plant is a result of the recent Pearl River , rather than the pump malfunctions that Reeves described. Lumumba clarified that a pump issue at J.H. Fewell, the city’s secondary treatment plant, prevented the city from producing more water from there as O.B. Curtis undergoes maintenance.

The Jackson mayor first announced the pressure issues on Monday, hours before Reeves made a more drastic forecast for the water crisis alongside officials from the state health department, which is in charge of enforcing that the city complies with federal drinking water laws.

Reeves said state health officials told him on Friday of the possibility that Jackson’s water system could fail completely. Lumumba said he hadn’t heard the health department’s assessment until yesterday, just a couple hours prior to the governor’s announcement.

The mayor also addressed the governor’s statement that the city doesn’t have enough water to fight fires, saying that the Jackson had yet to indicate it needed more water. Between JFD’s reserves and help from the , Lumumba said the city does have adequate water to fight fires.

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Lumumba described Tuesday’s from O.B. Curtis as encouraging, saying that the number of people with water has gone up since yesterday, though he didn’t specify how many people in the city were impacted. Much of the progress in restoring pressure comes overnight, when the demand for water is low, he said.

“We have seen steady improvements in the system,” the mayor said. “There are individuals who did not have water pressure at all yesterday in which water pressure has returned, and the reports of the tanks is that there are steady gains being achieved each and every moment.”

The state health department clarified Tuesday that Jackson’s water is safe to drink when boiled for one minute. MSDH tweeted the clarification after multiple statements from state officials, including Reeves, the state health officer and the Agency, saying plainly, “Do not drink the water.”

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

Jackson Fire Department says it has enough water to fight fires


Jackson Fire Department says it has enough water to fight fires

In light of a citywide water crisis, officials say the Jackson has enough water to respond to fires.

“By the grace of God we haven’t had any incidents in the area where we didn’t have access to water,” Assistant Fire Chief Patrick Armon said Tuesday. 

Pearl River has caused a system-wide outage of the water system that serves more than 160,000 residents. Water pressure was reduced for the entire city Monday. 

On Monday night, Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency and said an incident center would be set up to distribute water to residents. 

The fire department found some areas didn’t have water or pressure in its hydrants yesterday. Armon said as of Tuesday, the department has seen water pressure return. 

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said he has been in constant discussion with fire department leadership, including about its water reserves and the ’s ability to supplement the department’s water supply. 

“We feel comfortable with our fire department’s reserves along with the support of ,” Lumumba said during a Tuesday afternoon conference. “If we meet the unfortunate circumstance of a fire, they would be able to continue.” 

Generally, Armon said most water sources can be used to put out a fire. A pond or river could act as a water source as long as the department’s engine and hoses can reach it and debris is strained out before being pumped. 

Armon said a portion of the fire department’s work is preparedness, including during recent heavy rains and flooding. Firefighters helped residents place sandbags to prevent flooding. The other day, he said a crew used a boat to help a resident retrieve necessities from their home in a flooded area, he said. 

For the past few weeks since Jackson has been under a water boil notice, the fire department has distributed water to residents at its central station, Armon said. That distribution occurs daily at 2 p.m. at 555 South West St. 

Armon said any situation that affects water access can impact firefighters’ ability to do their jobs. But he said the department is trained and prepared to work in less than ideal situations, including during a water crisis. 

“We’re trained to work in chaos,” he said.

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

Biloxi Fire Department applies for grant to improve outreach program

237 views – Rick Gogreve – 2022-08-24 17:28:04

After a meeting at City Hall on Monday, the has been approved to apply for a $2,500 grant from the Foundation.

If chosen for the grant, the fire department will use the funds to improve its outreach program to help improve mental health of the firefighters.

A few years ago, the department received a grant from Friends of Firefighters through Homeland Security, but did not include benefits for the outreach program.

This new grant would give the counselors the benefits to purchase new equipment, food, or other items to provide a more…

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