Firefighters want your attention on fire prevention

The Biloxi Fire Department is preparing to observe October as Fire Prevention month by dousing residents with fire safety.

Firefighters from the city’s nine fire stations will be canvassing neighborhoods this month in an effort to make sure Biloxi homes have working smoke detectors.

The Fire Prevention Month effort, called “Turn Your Attention to Fire Prevention,” is a project of the Biloxi Fire Department and enhances the department’s proactive goals of educating residents on precautions to prevent potentially harmful fires and ways to survive them.

“Our firefighters will go out into neighborhoods on Saturday, Oct. 14, 21, and 28 to offer free fire safety tips to homeowners,” Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said. “We’ll also be checking smoke detectors and have free smoke detectors for those older homes that need them.”

Those Biloxi residents interested in having a home visit or a free smoke detector should call the Biloxi fire chief’s office at 228-435-6200.

Said Boney: “This is not just about smoke detectors. This is about fire safety.”
See the Smoke Detector Program form
See a fire safety check list
See a smoke alarm safety sheet


News and notes

The week that was:  Last week in the city, the Fire Department answered 119 calls for service including 73 for medical and four for fires; the Police Department answered 2,151 calls for service; the Community Development Department issues 64 building permits with a construction valuation of more then $1.2 million; and the Engineering Department continued to progress on projects throughout the city.  To see the complete reports, click here.

Lifeguards needed:  The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department is hiring for part-time lifeguards.  Individuals must be at least 16 years of age and have current certification in First Aid, CPR, and AED; and Lifeguard training from the American Red Cross or YMCA.  For more information, click here