Fire Services

Fire Safety Education

Incident Reporting Resources

Mission of Fire Services

The Mississippi Legislature created Fire Services Development in 1988 to carry out two principal functions:

  • Provide accountability for approximately $20 million in state fire protection funds distributed annually to Mississippi’s counties and municipalities. Miss. Code Ann. § 83-1-37 and 83-1-39.
  • Provide guidance to the state’s fire service to assist in the enhancement of and accelerate the growth of fire protection capabilities throughout the State, particularly in rural areas. Miss. Code Ann. § 17-23-1.

Since 1995, Fire Services Development has administered the Rural Fire Truck Acquisition Assistance Program (RFTAAP), which provides matching fund grants up to $90,000 for fire truck purchases in rural areas. All counties have received these grants. Over 1,000 fire trucks have been purchased through this program and furnished to communities resulting in at least 1.3 million citizens across the state benefitting from the program.

State agencies and policy makers now have information about fire services and related public expenditures. This program established state purchase contracts that have reduced costs of fire equipment for the State’s 752 fire departments. Most of the 13,000 plus volunteer firefighters, as well as many career firefighters are beneficiaries of the various insurance coverage brought about through Fire Services Development program activities.

In addition, the Division is responsible for the management and administration of the State’s incident reporting system, MS ELITE. This system is utilized by the Division to analyze incident data, identify fire service trends and develop both short and long-term solutions aimed towards improving fire service capabilities throughout the State.

Reed Abraham – State Fire Coordinator

Reed Abraham was named State Fire Coordinator in June of 2024. He joined the Mississippi Fire Marshal’s Office in July of 2023 as the State Deputy Fire Coordinator. Prior to joining the Fire Marshal’s Office, he worked in higher education administration, fundraising, and marketing for more than 15 years at both two and four-year colleges in the State of Mississippi. He taught and authored more than 20 college courses primarily in the business administration discipline. Abraham earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Delta State University. He has a long history of volunteer fire service having joined the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department in 2000 where he retired in 2023 as the County Deputy Fire Chief. He is a certified volunteer firefighter and a member of the Mississippi Firefighters and Fire Chiefs Associations.

Fire Services Development Contact Information

Mississippi Insurance Department
State Fire Marshal’s Office
Reed Abraham, State Fire Coordinator
P.O. Box 79
Jackson, MS 39205
Office: 601-359-1062
Mobile: 601-540-8689
Fax: 601-359-1076