Fire Department to set home ablaze

A house is going to catch fire this week on Camp Wilkes Road. Biloxi firefighters know the address, 820 Camp Wilkes Road; they know the day and time, Wednesday morning about 8:30; and the department will have men on the scene even before the blaze begins.

That’s because the fire department itself will be igniting the fire.

Residents along Camp Wilkes Drive can expect to see firefighting vehicles and as many as 50 Biloxi firefighters setting up near the house on Camp Wilkes Road Wednesday about 7 a.m.

Parts of Camp Wilkes Road will be blocked to through traffic, but Biloxi Police officers will help direct residents to their homes.

The initial training will be confined to two rooms in the home. By mid-morning, the entire house is expected to be set ablaze. Residents can expect to see emergency vehicles and may smell smoke during the morning and early afternoon hours.

“We don’t get the opportunity to do live-burn training too often,” Fire Chief Joe Boney said. “This particular house required no retrofitting, it meets EPA regulations, and it’s secluded. We do classroom training throughout the year, but you don’t feel the heat in a classroom setting, and some of our younger firefighters have never been in a house fire. This will give them invaluable experience.”

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Biloxi Fire Chief’s Office at 228-435-6200.
Gallery: See the home to be burned
See the live-burn training door hanger


City seeks nominations for Volunteer of the Year

Do you know someone that willingly helps out others in the community or an organization that always seems to eagerly participate in community activities? The City of Biloxi is asking you to nominate those individuals and organizations for the 35th annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony.

Individuals who have volunteered in Biloxi will be recognized in the areas of community, health, arts and history, education, military, nonprofit organization, youth, sports, adult and youth groups, and a Distinguished Volunteer of the Year. Organizations and businesses also will be recognized for community service. 

Forms are available at the Downtown Services Office, 932 Howard Ave., at Biloxi City Hall, 140 Lameuse St., or online at  All forms must be complete and include a picture of the nominee performing service work.  The deadline for the nominations, which are to be turned into the Downtown Services office, is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 26.   

A recognition ceremony will be Tuesday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave.  During the free ceremony, awards will be presented and all nominees will be recognized.
See the writable nomination form


News and notes: Weekly review, law enforcement awards, Grillin’ on the Green

The week that was:  If you want to get behind-the-scenes details on last week’s activity from the Biloxi Police and Community Development departments or look over a report from the city’s Engineering Department on the status major projects, check out our weekly review.  To see the reports, click here.   

Law enforcement awards:  The Biloxi Bay Chamber will hold its annual Law Enforcement Awards Banquet on Friday at the IP Casino.  The reception and cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m. and the program and dinner will be from 6 to 9 p.m.  Tickets are $50 a person.  For more information, contact the Biloxi Bay Chamber at 228-435-6149.

Grillin on the Green:  Biloxi Main Street will host its annual Grillin’ on the Green on Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Biloxi Town Green.  The affair includes arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, a barbecue cook-off, and barbecue cook-off awards.  To view the flyer, click here.