Since 1905 the Tupelo Fire Department has worked diligently to fulfill our simple mission statement. From fighting fires to providing directions, we attempt to solve problems when possible.
Daily activities include answering a wide variety of emergency calls as well as providing fire and safety education opportunities. Our safety education programs include station tours, site visits, speakers for clubs or meetings, even group demonstrations at our award winning fire/rescue training center. Other fire prevention projects include our smoke detector program. Thousands of smoke detectors have been provided for members of our community, at no cost. This has been accomplished through private donations and grants.
The Department operates seven stations, running seven engine/pumpers, two ladder companies, a rescue unit, a Hazardous Materials response unit, and a dive rescue boat. We have a total staff of 93 employees including; 84 in the Emergency Services Division, 3 in the Special Services Division which includes Fire Investigation, Fire Inspections, and Public Education, plus administrative officers and staff. The Tupelo Fire/Rescue Training Center and the cooperative effort of many City employees and Departments brought statewide recognition to Tupelo by winning the Overall Excellence award sponsored by the Mississippi Municipal League and the Clarion-Leger. We provide fire suppression and basic life support EMS services (no transport), along with a trained and equipped special operations group of Dive Rescue Specialist, Haz-Mat Technicians, Confined-Space and Rope Rescue Specialists. We are also a major part of a Regional Response Team for the State of Mississippi Department of Homeland Security.
All these services help in keeping our Insurance Class Rating of Five and our community safe. Hopefully, you will never need our services but we are here if you do.