Volunteer firefighters serve community

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Did you ever stop to think what would happen if no one volunteered to put out fires or respond to medical emergencies in your community. The toll in lives and property would be unfathomable. Over 70% of the fire departments in the United States are manned by all-volunteer firefighters.

In Choctaw County all of the fire service is volunteer fire departments. This includes your community, or one close by. Volunteer firefighters are this nation’s first line of defense, and sometimes, your community’s only line of defense in many types of emergencies. As a volunteer firefighter you can serve your community, protect property and save lives.

Fires don’t wait. Neither should you. Become a volunteer firefighter today.


Contact your local fire department at the location nearest you.

Ackerman Fire Department, Fire Chief-Billy Strickland, (662) 285-8575, Meets the Second Thursday at 6 p.m.

Chester Fire Department, Fire Chief-Billy Collier, (662) 285-8781, Meets the First Tuesday at 7 p.m.

French Camp Fire Department, Fire Chief-Russ Ackers, (662) 633-2829, Meets the First Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Panhandle Fire Department, Fire Chief-Sammy Whitmire, (662) 722-2220, Meets the Second Thursday at 7 p.m.

Simpson Fire Department, Fire Chief-Smith Rabun, (662) 547-6695, Meets the Second Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Weir Fire Department, Fire Chief-Paul Newlin, (662) 312-3178, Meets as Needed

ByWy Fire Department, Fire Chief-Michael Holmes, (662) 552-0210, Meets the First Thursday at 7 p.m.

Reform Fire Department, Fire Chief-Paul Lanthrip, (662) 263-6392, Meets the First Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Union Fire Department, Fire Chief-Lacey Dean, (662) 744-0556, Meets the First Tuesday at 7 p.m.


You may become a Volunteer Firefighter at the age of 16. At age 18 you can attend training and fight a fire that involves a dwelling.

At age 21 you can drive a fire truck.


French Camp Volunteer Fire Dept..


Chester Volunteer Fire Dept.


Reform Volunteer Fire Dept.


Simpson Volunteer Fire Dept.


Panhandle Volunteer Fire Dept.


Weir Volunteer Fire Dept.


Union Volunteer Fire Dept.


Ackerman Volunteer Fire Dept.


Bywy Volunteer Fire Dept.

Being a Volunteer Firefighter can enhance your resume and open up careers in the medical and fire protection fields.