Honoring the Jackson, Mississippi Fire Departmentby Representative Bennie G. Thompson
Posted on 2013-02-25
in the house of representatives
Monday, February 25, 2013
Mr. THOMPSON of Mississippi. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the
Jackson, Mississippi Fire Department. The Jackson Fire Department is
the largest fire department in the State of Mississippi. The Jackson
Fire Department currently consists of 7 divisions with 433 budgeted
positions. The 7 divisions that make up the Jackson Fire Department are
Administration and Finance; Arson and Internal Affairs; Community
Relations and Fire Safety Education; Emergency Services; Training,
Safety, Research and Development; Office of the Fire Marshal; and Fire
Emergency Services is the largest division which consists of 21 fire stations and 32 pieces of emergency equipment. In 2006, they upgraded all of their Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA) along with new ultralite facepieces. The Jackson Fire Department constantly strives for improvement and the highest level of firefighting by updating and purchasing [[Page E177]] the latest firefighting equipment and technology such as thermal cameras, chemical detectors, weather stations, portable radios, TSI Portacount Plus Respirator fit testers, Scott Eagle Imagers, video conference systems, Lifepak AEDs, and personal protective gear.
In April 2006, the Jackson Fire Department sponsored an Urban Search and Rescue class, which enhances their ability to serve the City of Jackson and any other city in times of immediate need. In the summer of 2006, the Jackson Fire Department received 7 new fire trucks.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing the Jackson Fire Department for their dedication to serving the citizens of Jackson, Mississippi.