The Olive Branch Fire Department is growing along with our great city. We are a highly respected organization in our local community as well as on a county level. Every year, billions of dollars in property and hundreds of lives are lost in fires. Our mission is to reduce the loss of life and property by providing fire suppression, fire education and fire prevention services to the public.
The department currently employs over 85 men and women from this community. Our hiring needs vary from year to year, but one thing remains the same–we want the best individuals possible to carry on our tradition of excellence in fire and emergency medical services.
A career in fire service provides:
- An opportunity to give back to the community.
- The ability to help others in their time of need.
- An unique and rewarding work experience.
- An environment of continuous training and development.
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The Olive Branch Fire Department operates the Emergency Medical Service for the City of Olive Branch. Our service area covers an area of 41 square miles with a population of approximately 34,000. We also make calls outside of the City of Olive Branch if requested.
The Olive Branch Emergency Medical Device operates 3 ambulances with 2 ambulances in reserve.
The Olive Branch Fire Department has 18 paramedics that are Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedics as well as Mississippi State Certified EMT-P. Each Paramedic is a Mississippi State Certified Emergency Medical Driver and must maintain their Mississippi Driver License in good status.
Paramedics work the same 24-hour shift schedule as do the firefighters. They live in the stations with the firefighters and help clean and maintain the stations and equipment. They also respond to all working fires and assist with fire ground related jobs which are needed to complete the fire suppression that is carried out by the firefighters.
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services — water, gas, electricity or telephones — were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.
Four Steps to Safety
1. Find Out What Could Happen to You
- Contact your local Red Cross chapter or emergency management office before a disaster occurs — be prepared to take notes.
- Ask what types of disasters are most likely to happen. Request information on how to prepare for each.
- Learn about your community’s warning signals: what they sound like and what you should do when you hear them.
- Ask about animal care after a disaster. Animals are not allowed inside emergency shelters because of health regulations.
- Find out how to help elderly or disabled persons, if needed.
- Find out about the disaster plans at your workplace, your children’s school or day care center, and other places where your family spends time.
2. Create a Disaster Plan
- Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather, and earthquakes to children. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
- Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case.
- Pick two places to meet: (1) Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire. (2) Outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Everyone must know the address and phone number.
- Ask an out-of-state friend to be your “family contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know your contact’s phone number.
- Discuss what to do in an evacuation. Plan how to take care of your pets.
3. Complete This Home Hazard Hunt Checklist
- Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections.
- Fasten shelves securely.
- Place large, heavy objects on lower shelves.
- Hang pictures and mirrors away from beds.
- Brace overhead light fixtures.
- Secure water heater. Strap to wall studs.
- Repair cracks in ceilings or foundations.
- Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products away from heat sources.
- Place oily polishing rags or waste in covered metal cans.
- Clean and repair chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors, and gas vents.
- Quiz your kids every six months or so.
- Conduct fire and emergency evacuations.
- Replace stored water and stored food every six months.
- Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
- Working with neighbors can save lives and property. Meet with your neighbors to plan how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster until help arrives. If you’re a member of a neighborhood organization, such as a home association or crime watch group, introduce disaster preparedness as a new activity. Know your neighbors’ special skills (e.g., medical, technical) and consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs, such as disabled and elderly persons.
- Make plans for child care in case parents can’t get home.
4. If Disaster Strikes
- Remain calm and patient. Put your plan into action.
- Check for injuries.
- Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.
- Listen to your battery-powered radio for news and instructions.
- Check for damage in your home.
- Use flashlights. Do not light matches or turn on electrical switches, if you suspect damage.
- Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.
- Shut off any other damaged utilities. You will need a professional to turn gas back on.
- Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline, and other flammable liquids immediately.
- Remember to confine or secure your pets.
- Remember to call your family contact — do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
- Remember to check on your neighbors, especially elderly or disabled persons.
- Remember to make sure you have an adequate water supply in case service is cut off.
- Remember to stay away from downed power lines.
- To get copies of American Red Cross community disaster education materials, contact your local Red Cross chapter.
Stormwater management is not something that most of us think about often. We are probably most aware of stormwater when intense rainfall causes easily visible problems like flooding, soil erosion, and heavily polluted waterways. But, stormwater also has less visible effects such as impacts upon aquatic life in local streams or chronic surface water quality problems. In any event, the best time to prepare to manage stormwater is before the rain comes. We are focusing on a proactive approach to managing stormwater for Olive Branch. Better stormwater management can mean less frequent flood-related problems, better water quality in streams that feed our important drinking aquifers, improved quantity and diversity of aquatic life in our streams, enhanced property values, more sustainable urban developments, and a more scenic, natural environment for all of us to enjoy, to name just a few of the benefits.
We encourage you to browse the Stormwater website and learn more about what the City of Olive Branch is now doing to better manage stormwater to protect and enhance your quality of life. Whereas it has been raining since the beginning of time, as our local area has become more urbanized we must manage stormwater to minimize its potential impact upon public safety, public health, and the natural environment. Federal and State laws and regulations under the Clean Water Act drive many of our programs. Others are proactive local initiatives endorsed by your elected leaders to help set apart Olive Branch as a high quality community in which people want to live and work.
The City’s Stormwater programs include drainage system operation and maintenance, public education and public involvement outreach, elimination of illicit discharges, construction site runoff controls, post construction site runoff controls, pollution prevention and capital improvement projects that are investments in the community infrastructure and environment.
You have a vital role as an individual, business, school, church, or other organization in helping us meet program goals. Indeed, it will ultimately take the efforts of everyone to make a lasting difference. Should you have any questions or complaints about Stormwater Phase II, feel free to contact us at 662-892-9351.
Stormwater Permit Application
As of January, 2007, property owners disturbing land of an acre or greater will be required to apply for a Stormwater Permit from the City Engineering Department. Property owners, or their representative, will be required to submit the following via mail or in person to the City Engineering Department:
Stormwater Permit Application
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
If you have questions concerning the submittal process or its status, please contact the Engineering Department at 662-892-9351. Once approved, the City Engineering Department will provide an on-site Certificate of Permit Coverage to the applicant. An Engineering Inspector will also be assigned to make daily inspections of the site.
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
“The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is responsible for protecting the state’s air, land, and water. Our mission is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of present and future generations of Mississippians by conserving and improving our environment and fostering wise economic growth through focused research and responsible regulation.” — MDEQ website
EPA Stormwater Phase II Program
Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) — EPA Stormwater Program
City Beautiful Cleanup Day – For more information contact Joyce Haslip at 895-5448
Youth Defensive Driving School
Defensive Driving School (DDS) is offered to anyone 21 years old or younger who receive a moving violation but has never had a ticket. The youth who received the moving violation must attend court on the assigned court date to ask the Judge and to sign up for driving school.
Adult Defensive Driving School
DDS is offered to any adult who has not received a ticket in the past three years and have a valid Mississippi License. The adult must pay the cost of the ticket plus $10, and the cost of the class, $45.00.
IF YOU HAVE A CDL LICENSE YOU CAN NOT ATTEND DEFENSIVE DRIVING SCHOOL.
Upon Completion of the Class
Once the class has been completed, the instructor will issue a certificate that you must bring back to the court clerk’s office the following Monday after the class.
Once the certificate has been received by the Court Office, the ticket will be dismissed (in the youth’s case) or not reported to the State (in the adult’s case).