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Oktibbeha County functions under a volunteer system. Members are not paid. However, they currently receive a reimbursement for expenses based upon how much an individual participates. The reimbursement is funded by a federal grant. All of our members' equipment and training are provided at no cost to the individual.
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We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals, who have a strong desire to serve their community. A great way to join is to visit your local fire station during a training session. If you are unsure which district you are in, need the meeting times, or just have questions before joining, email us.
The Oktibbeha County Fire Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability in the provision of our programs or services.
Oktibbeha County firefighters are trained in basic first aid and CPR and some are trained emergency medical technicians. The trucks are equipped with first aid and lifesaving equipment. Fire stations are located throughout the county and can usually get to an emergency scene first to begin to administer aid until an ambulance arrives.
The training provided to Oktibbeha County firefighters is very similar to what you would expect from a career/paid fire department, this is because the hazards volunteer firefighters face are no different. The differences are in how our classes are taught. Typically 99% of our classes are taught here in Oktibbeha County, and our instructors work with the students to try to minimize the impact to their work or school schedules. We do however pride ourselves on professionalism, and all of our instructors are certified to the national standard level relating to instruction (NFPA 1041). Typical courses include basic fire fighting, emergency medical training, the incident command system, and hazardous material response. Our more advanced courses are geared towards technical rescue, advanced firefighting skills, and the development of future management. While we bring most of our training here to Oktibbeha County, additional training is provided at the State Fire Academy, the National Fire Academy, and several other accredited institutions. Oktibbeha County firefighters do not pay for any of their training or equipment.
Applicants must be 18 years of age and possess a valid driver's license. Background checks are conducted by the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department and are required of all new applicants.