The City of Madison is able to trace some form of organized fire protection back to World War II when Bruce Campbell Field on Old Canton Road was a training facility for foreign pilots.
When the airbase closed at the war’s end, it was turned over to the City of Madison to become a general aviation facility. At that time, two 1946 fire trucks were left with the base for firefighting. These trucks were housed in a wood frame structure just north of the current hangers on the airfield. Since that time our department has expanded considerably. Two stations, one on Old Canton Road and the other on Highway 463, protect the citizens of Madison and the outlying county area.
Our stations house two Fire Engines, one 3,000-gallon Tanker, one 75-foot Ladder Truck, one Rescue Truck, two Swiftwater/Dive Boats, one Dive Equipment Trailer, and one Trench Rescue Equipment Trailer. This equipment is staffed by 36 paid Firefighters.
The Madison Volunteer Firefighter’s Association served the City of Madison for years as an All-Volunteer Department until the late 1980s. In the late 1980s, the Mayor and Board of Alderman hired a full-time Fire Chief. The Fire Department continued functioning as a Combination Fire Department with Volunteer and Career Firefighters until 2012. In 2012 the Madison Fire Department transitioned into an “All Career” Fire Department.
All Madison Fire Dept. personnel are certified car seat technicians. We will gladly show you how and help you install your child’s car seat free of charge. We prefer you bring your child with you so we can properly fit them for their seat. However, if you cannot bring your child, we can teach you how to adjust the straps to fit them properly. You may come to either Station 2 or Station 3. It is not necessary that you have an appointment, but you may want to call ahead so that we can plan around your arrival. Also, remember that because of the nature of the Fire Service, we may be out of the station on a 911 call when you arrive, even if you have called ahead. We apologize if this causes any inconvenience.
Mississippi has a primary seat belt law. If law enforcement sees you without a seat belt, they can and will pull you over! Car seat laws vary from state to state. Our law says that children from birth to age 4 must ride in a correctly installed car seat. From age 4 up to age 8, children under 65 pounds or 4’9” in height are required to ride in a booster seat. Other car seat tips:
If you are taking or picking up a child and it is not part of your routine, use a reminder that you have precious cargo in the back seat!
The Madison Fire Department is dedicated to serving the community. To do this, we offer a variety of programs:
If you are interested in any of our programs and would like to schedule a class, please call Lisa at 601-856-8894.
Information about fire training and safety issues can be found on these links: