Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Fire & EMS

The first fire company in Vicksburg was organized in April 1837, with a second, rival company organized two weeks later. Others followed, manned by volunteers. By the late 1800s, some employees were paid, and by 1902, the Vicksburg Fire Department was a fully paid fire service -- the first in the state.
The City of Vicksburg Fire Department currently does not have a youth firefighting program.
Should you find yourself and your home confronted with a fire, there are certain steps that should be taken to insure safety. These tactics vary according to the size and type of the fire:

Use a fire extinguisher to put out small fires. If the source of the fire is not electrical or chemical, water can also be used to extinguish it. Do not try to put out a fire that is getting out of control. If you are not sure you can control it, get everyone out of the house and call 911 from a neighbor's house.

Smother oil and grease fires in the kitchen with baking soda or salt, or put a lid over the flame if it is burning in a pan.

If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop, and roll until the fire is extinguished. Running will only make the fire burn faster.

Sleep with your door closed. If you wake up to the sound of a smoke detector, feel the bottom of the door with the palm of your hand before you open it. If the door is cool, leave immediately. Be prepared to crawl - smoke and heat rise, so the air is clearer and cooler near the floor. If the door is hot, escape through a window. If you cannot escape, hang a white or light-colored sheet outside the window, alerting firefighters to your presence.

Have your family meet at a designated area outside the house. Once gathered at the agreed area, if any members of the family are missing, firefighters can be notified.

For more information on what to do during a fire, stop by the City of Vicksburg Fire Department main offices, located at 1630 Walnut Street, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call them at (601) 636-1603.
For more than 10 years, the firefighters of the City of Vicksburg Fire Department have participated in a Toys for Christmas program to provide holiday cheer for less fortunate children. This worthwhile cause operates year round accepting donations of new, used, and repairable toys that the department repairs and stores for Christmas delivery.

The toys collected are distributed to children of low income and less fortunate families within the City of Vicksburg. A few hundred children of all ages and abilities have been able to benefit from the kind donations of the men and women of the City of Vicksburg Fire Department and thoughtful citizens. For more information about the program, or to donate toys, stop by the City of Vicksburg Fire Department main offices, located at 1630 Walnut Street, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call them at (601) 636-1603.
City of Vicksburg Firefighting EmploymentFirefighting in today's society is both challenging and exciting. Today's fire service offers a diverse array of technical and emergency response challenges which comprise a highly rewarding community service career. If you are interested in becoming a City of Vicksburg firefighter you must meet the following minimum qualifications: be at least 21 years old, possess a 17 on the ACT or a minimum compass score of 70, have a SAT score in the 780-800 range or be a nationally registry certified Emergency Medical Technician and be eligible for a state driver's license and have a good driving record. Applicants also must have 20/20 vision or eyesight corrected to 20/25. You must be in good health, be of good character and reputation, and must never have been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.

Applicants who meet the above criteria must also pass a series of tests that includes a written exam, a physical ability test, and a psychological examination. Study guides are available to help candidates prepare for the written test. City of Vicksburg firefighters start at a competitive annual salary, with annual increases based on merit and training. They accrue 16.8 hours of personal leave and 11.20 sick leave per month for the first three years of employment; after that, employees accrue leave on a scale based on the number of years of continuous service. City of Vicksburg Firefighters also receive fully paid hospital and medical coverage, a retirement system that allows retirement with thirty (30) years of service, group life insurance, and uniforms and equipment excluding dress shoes and undergarments. Qualified applicants will be placed on a waiting list and positions may be offered as vacancies arise.

If you would like more information about becoming a City of Vicksburg firefighter, contact the Human Resources Department located at 1415 Walnut Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or call them at (601)631-3710.
City of Vicksburg Smoke DetectorWorking smoke detectors can greatly increase your chances of surviving a fire in your home or office. To increase the chances of surviving a fire, the City of Vicksburg Fire Department encourages all citizens to install and maintain approved smoke detection devices in each bedroom and on each floor level of their residence. Since the majority of fire deaths that occur in residential occupancies are caused by smoke inhalation, it is important that all citizens have the early warning a smoke detector can provide.

The City of Vicksburg Fire Department does not currently provide smoke detectors to residents.

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