Mission of Fire Services Development
The Mississippi Legislature created Fire Services Development in 1988 to carry out two principal functions:
- Provide accountability for $11-12 million distributed annually to municipalities and counties for
fire protection improvement. Miss. Code Ann. § 83-1-37 and
- Enhance 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 $50,000 for fire truck purchases in rural areas. All counties have received these grants. Over 298 fire trucks purchased have
been furnished to communities with at least 1.3 million beneficiaries across
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 762 fire departments. Most of the 10,000 volunteer
firefighters are beneficiaries of various insurance coverage brought about
through Fire Services Development program activities.