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Job Openings

Interested applicants who meet the basic qualifications and requirements should submit a completed job application to City of Olive Branch, Attn:  Human Resource Department, 9200 Pigeon Roost, Olive Branch, MS  38654 or by facsimile to 662-892-9219.  Police and Emergency Communication Dispatch Department positions will require the Police Application packet to be completed.

Download – APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

Download – POLICE APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

Check back often for new employment opportunities


General Employment

Water/Sewer – General Laborer – Download Job Description

Gas General Laborer – Download Job Description

Paramedic – Download Job Description

Firefighter/Paramedic – Download Job Description

Public Safety Dispatcher – PT & FT – Download Job DescriptionDownload Police Application (must complete this application)

Police Officer – Download Job Description /Download Police Application (must complete this application)


Police Department

Police Officer – Download Police Application

We are currently accepting applications for the position of certified and non-certified Police Officers.

Employment Resources

    • Jobs are posted on the website and advertised in local newspapers
    • Applications are accepted only during the time of a posted vacancy
    • Applications are held for 60 days
    • Applications can be faxed to 662-892-9219, mailed to or delivered to:

City of Olive Branch

Human Resource Department

9200 Pigeon Roost Rd.

Olive Branch, MS 38654

Employment Process

Once the job opening date closes:

  • Applications are reviewed and the best qualified people are selected for the interview process.
  • Once all interviews have been conducted, selection is made.
  • The selection is placed on the Board Agenda for Board Approval.
  • Board approval is contingent upon favorable results from pre-employment physical, driving history, and all other pre-employment testing and paperwork required by applicable law and policy and procedure manuals/handbooks.

Police/ Emergency Communication Dispatch Employment Process

  • Applications are processed.
  • Applicants are scheduled for a physical test and a written test.
  • If these tests are passed, applicants will be interviewed by a panel.
  • The best candidates will be selected.
  • Background checks will be completed
  • Selection will be made and placed on the Board Agenda for Board Approval
  • Board approval is contingent upon favorable results from pre-employment physical, driving history, and all other pre-employment testing and paperwork required by applicable law and policy and procedure manuals/handbooks.

Visit Request

Please read the following information before making a visit request.

The Fire Prevention Division makes no guarantee that the times you have selected will be available. As a rule, the earlier you submit your request, the more likely that we will be able to fulfill it.

Those calling to schedule a visit should be aware that no visits will be scheduled for Fire Prevention Week, as it has been set aside exclusively for Elementary school visits and Open Houses at the OBFD stations. The time between September 15 and November 15 is extremely busy, so please get your requests in early for those months. The Fire Prevention Department regrets that it cannot schedule visits outside the boundaries of the City of Olive Branch. Those living outside the City of Olive Branch are encouraged to contact their local fire department for scheduling visits.

Certain events may occur that will force a delay to the start of an event or cancel it altogether. Firefighters may also have to cut short a visit in order to respond to an emergency within the City of Olive Branch. These events include, but are not limited to:

  • Emergency fire or medical response.
  • Impending severe weather.
  • Unexpected personnel shortage.

These events are rare, and if they interfere with your scheduled visit, we will take steps to reschedule your group with highest priority.

Those that want to schedule a visit should call 662-890-7376 and speak to Kristy May or leave a message. She will call you back to confirm information and date.

USFA For Kids

Each year in the United States an estimated 2,800 children age 14 or younger are injured and 850 killed in residential fires. Of these children, over 40 percent are under the age five, 70 percent are under the age of 10. Because the majority of fire casualties occur in children under the age of 10, USFA Kids is targeted towards that age group.

The goals of USFA Kids are to:

  1. Increase the level of individual concern and awareness of children’s vulnerability to fire.
  2. Educate and inform the U.S. population about how personal responsibility and action is key to preventing fires and fire-related casualties.
  3. Provide a timely, coordinated and easy-to-access source of information about how individuals can prevent fires and fire-related casualties.

Download the Home Fire Safety Checklist
Download the Playground Safety Checklist

New Businesses Moving into Olive Branch

Welcome to Olive Branch!

We certainly appreciate you choosing our city to open your business! This is a list of the things you need to do when opening a business in Olive Branch with regards to the Fire Department.

  1. Contact the Fire Department at 662-890-7376 or 662-890-7341 and tell us about your business and its location.
  2. Come by our office at 9245 Pigeon Roost and fill out a Use & Occupancy permit. The fee is $25.00.
  3. We will then schedule an inspection of your building with you for Life Safety concerns.
  4. If you want to make changes to the structure in any way, you should contact us before anything is done to the structure.
  5. A plan review and fee would be accessed if you want to make structural changes.

Free Smoke Detector Program

The Mississippi Fire Marshal’s Office Smoke Alarm Installation Program is a fire safety project in partnership with the Olive Branch Fire Department. The goal is to reduce the chance of a fire fatality in your home by providing free smoke alarms to low-income families, senior citizens, families with children under the age of 14, and individuals with disabilities. You must own your home to qualify.

To apply for free smoke alarms, fill out the application and mail it to the address at the bottom of the page. You may also call the phone number at the bottom of the page to request your smoke alarm installation. Once your application is received, a firefighter will call you to make an appointment to install the smoke alarms in your home.

Download the Smoke Detector Application Here

Fire Training Division

The Training Division is charged with the responsibility of providing all initial recruit training and certification, Fire, Rescue, and EMS continuing education training and recertification. The Training Division also provides specialty training such as Haz-Mat, swift water rescue, emergency vehicle driving, driver operator, incident command, emergency medical technician-defibrillation, and first responder.

The Training Division serves a diverse workforce of approximately 85 members through the ranks of Firefighter Recruit, Firefighter, Firefighter Engineer, Fire Captain, Fire Battalion Chief,Deputy Fire Chief, and Fire Chief along with administrative positions. The City of Olive Branch is a rapidly growing City, and the Olive Branch Fire Department does what is necessary to keep up with the diverse and ever changing emergency situations that may arise.

The Training Division personnel consist of a Training Officer over the 3 Fire Captains, the EMS supervisor, and 5 Lieutenants. The Training Officer is responsible for assigning training disciplines. The Olive Branch Fire Department Training Division operates in partnership with the Mississippi State Fire Academy, Northwest Community College (NWCC), Southwest Community College (SWCC), the Office of the Mississippi State Fire Marshal, and other City training team members.

We offer training of all types including hands-on training, classroom based, E-Training through the web online, video conferencing, in-station company-based training, and seminar-based training. The Olive Branch Fire Department is fortunate to have a staff of dedicated officers who are willing to conduct training in combination with their other duties.

Training Officer

Captain Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor was selected as the Training Officer in October 2013. Captain Taylor has been with the Olive Branch Fire Department since September 1995. He has since risen through the ranks of Lieutenant to Captain. Captain Taylor serves as the department’s second career Training Officer and looks forward to contributing to this area of the Fire Department.

Training Staff

In addition to Captain Taylor, the following staff members serve as instructors:

  • Dan Phillips, Captain
  • Larry Linville, Captain
  • Steve Walker, Lieutenant
  • Johnny Morgan, Lieutenant
  • Troy Looney, Lieutenant
  • Jason Brooker, Lieutenant
  • Greg Mynatt, EMS Supervisor

Fire Prevention Division

In addition to conducting annual inspections of all businesses, hotels, schools and certain other structures, Fire Inspectors perform in-depth plan reviews and conduct detailed inspections of all new buildings and alterations for compliance with fire and life safety code requirements. There are some fees assessed for some inspections, please see the Fire Department Fee Schedule at the link at the bottom of this paragraph. To schedule a fire inspection you must come by our office at 9245 Pigeon Roost Rd. and pay the associated fees with your inspection and it will then be scheduled with one of the fire inspectors. Download the Fee Schedule Here

Where can I get a copy of a Fire Incident report?

Contact the Fire Department Headquarters at 662-890-7376. Tell them the incident for which you need a report. Be sure to include your name, the date of the incident, and the address of the incident. Reports usually take 3 days to be completed before we can issue a copy of them.

Fire Investigations

Each year across the nation billions of dollars worth of property and hundreds of lives are lost as a result of fires that are intentionally started by arsonists. The City of Olive Branch was not exempt from these losses, at least until November, 1993, when the Olive Branch Fire Department Fire Investigation Unit was created.

Arson is the top cause of fires in non-residential structures. Arson is the number two cause of fires in the home. Arsonists strike for many reasons, including spite and revenge, vandalism, crime concealment, insurance fraud, competition and extortion. Arson is an epidemic that robs communities of their valuable tax base and forces citizens to pay higher insurance premiums and taxes.

The Olive Branch Fire Investigation Unit has and continues to have a substantial impact in the arson mitigation efforts in the City of Olive Branch, using internal Fire Department investigations, and assisted by:

  • Police Investigators from the Olive Branch Police Department
  • Desoto County Fire Investigators
  • Fire Marshals from the State of Mississippi Fire Marshals Office
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms

Our Fire Investigation Unit is comprised of Chief Johnny Eason, Deputy Chief Ken Givens, Captains Larry Linville, Dan Philips, and Lieutenant’s Art Dunlap and Steve Walker.

Arson Facts

There are about 500,000 arson fires each year in the United States.

Approximately $4,000 in property is lost each minute as a result of arson.

Arson is the leading cause of dollar loss from fire, exceeding annually.

Arson is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths.

Juveniles account for 55% of arson arrest nationally.

Reward Information

Citizen involvement is imperative in identifying individuals responsible for setting arson fires. Without your tips on the identity of the arsonist, our entire community suffers.

To report arson contact one of the following:

Crime Stoppers

901-212-2576

Olive Branch Fire Department

662-890-7376
662-890-7346
662-890-7341

Fire Operations Division

Firefighting is responsible for the extinguishment and control of fires, emergency rescue, environmental hazards, emergency pre-hospital care, transportation to local hospitals, and disaster management including the Urban Search and Rescue operation. Firefighting will focus on preparing and maintaining its ability to respond to both manmade and natural disaster on both the local and national level.

Fire Department Staff

Administrative Staff

Fire Administration consists of Executive and Support Staff responsible for all administrative activities including finance, personnel, capital improvements, fire prevention and code enforcement, legislative affairs, public relations and strategic planning.

Chief Johnny Eason

Chief Johnny Eason

662-890-7316
jeason@obms.us

Johnny Eason has been with the Department for 31 years and has served collectively as Chief for 15 years. Chief Eason is also the Fire Marshal and EMS Director. Under Chief Eason’s leadership the Department has grown by over three times its size.

Deputy Chief Ken Givens

Deputy Chief Ken Givens

662–890-7321
kgivens@obms.us

Ken Givens has been with the Department since 1986. Ken currently serves as the Deputy Fire Chief and is the Administrator of the Operations Division of the Department.

EMS Supervisor,

662–890-7327

Training Officer, Dave Taylor

Training Officer, Dave Taylor

662-890-7318
dtaylor@obms.us

Dave Taylor has been with the Department since 1995. Dave serves as the Training Officer and is the Administrator of the Training Division. Dave holds the rank of Captain.

Fire Inspector, Steve Walker

Fire Inspector, Steve Walker

662-890-7346
swalker@obms.us

Steve Walker has been with the Department since 1992. He holds the rank of Lieutenant. Steve conducts fire inspections, plan reviews for new construction, and arson investigations. He is a State and National Certified Arson Investigator and International Code Council (ICC) Certified Fire Inspector.

Fire Inspector, Art Dunlap

Fire Inspector, Art Dunlap

662-890-7341
adunlap@obms.us

Art Dunlap has been with the Department since 2014. Art conducts fire inspections, plan reviews for new construction, and arson investigations. He is a State Certified Arson Investigator and International Code Council (ICC) Certified Fire Inspector.

Administrative Assistant, Kristy May

Administrative Assistant, Kristy May

662-890-7376
kmay@obms.us

Kristy has been with the City since 2008.

Ambulance Billing – 662-892-9236

Administration – 662-890-7376

Operations Division – 662-890-7321

Training Division 662–890-7318

Fire Prevention Division 662–890-7346

EMS Division – 662-890-7327

Contact Us

  • 662-892-9200
  • City of Olive Branch, MS
    9200 Pigeon Roost
    Olive Branch, MS 38654

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