Flowood Fire Deparment FAQ

Why do so many fire apparatus respond to simple incidents?

Units are dispatched according to information received by Dispatch. Many times the type of situation found upon arrival is very different from the situation dispatched. And, part of responding to an emergency situation means being prepared to deal with the worst case scenario. Discovering that we need more units upon arrival is often too late. Experience has taught us that it’s better to have too much help than not enough.

Why does the Fire Department bring the fire engine just for a simple inspection?

Two reasons:  First, these inspections are conducted by on-duty engine companies that must be ready to respond to an emergency call from the field.  This is why you almost always see the personnel together as a crew and have the fire engine with them when they are out of the fire station.  Second, an important part of the value of the public safety inspection is to familiarize your local firefighters with the buildings and business in Flowood.  While they check for hazards and consult with business owners on how best to eliminate or minimize the likelihood of a fire, they also familiarize themselves with access points and the layout of the facility.

Why do fire trucks respond to motor vehicle accidents?

Automobile accidents present other hazards such as potential fire, ruptured fuel tanks, un deployed airbags and/or the presence of hazardous materials. If any occupants are trapped they will begin the extrication (removal) process. Since all of our firefighters are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) or Paramedics, they can begin assessing an injured party’s condition and assist in providing treatment prior to the arrival of ambulance personnel. Additionally, all fire apparatus carry extrication tools.

How much will I be charged if Flowood Fire Department responds when I call 911?

There is never any charge for our services.

When would be a good time to come to the fire station so my children can see the fire engines?

We encourage you to come by on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., but Flowood residents are, of course, welcome at anytime.  If you would like to schedule a time to come by the fire station, please call (601) 992-9019.  The Central Fire Station is located at 511 Vine Drive. You may schedule a visit to any location that is nearest you.

When I see an emergency vehicle approaching with lights and sirens while I am driving, what should I do?

State law, and common sense, dictates that vehicles yield to emergency vehicles that are operating their emergency lights and siren. Emergency vehicle drivers are taught to pass on the left whenever possible when responding in an emergency mode. When safe, slow down, pull over to the right, and stop. However, there are circumstances where that may not be possible (if you car is already stopped, and you don't have anywhere to pull over). Simply stay put until the emergency vehicle goes around you. Do not tailgate, "draft", or follow a responding apparatus closely. Not only is this illegal, you run the risk of collision as vehicles pull back out into traffic after the emergency vehicle goes by.