On March 25, 1980, a group of 25 concerned citizens gathered in the cafeteria at Biggersville High School to discuss starting a volunteer fire department to protect their community. From this meeting, the Biggersville Volunteer Fire Department was born. With the guidance of Corinth Fire Chief James Young, seven of the citizens stepped forward to become the first members of the new fire department. These were James Yancey, Billy Brawner, Leroy Marlar, Bill Bagwell, Tony Morton, Kenny Killough and Martin Huggins. During the meeting, a collection was taken to start the funding for the department. A total of $52 was received in donations that night.
It was from these humble beginings that our department has grown. The current members of Biggersville Fire & Rescue proudly honor these men for their work and sacrifice toward the protection of their community by continuing to diligently work to save lives and property.
Below is a list of our past Fire Chiefs and their terms of service:
- Bill Bagwell: 1980 - 1991
- Edward Settle: 1991 - 2001
- Jim Kinney: 2001 - 2008
- James Bryant: 2008 - 2009
- Patrick Claunch: 2009 - 2013
- Jeff Allen: 2013 - 2014
- Patrick Claunch: 2014 - 2015
- Jonathan Rider: 2015 - present
Our uniform patch is displayed on department dress uniforms and some response/duty clothing. It proudly stands out from any other patch designs with its vibrant yellow and red color scheme. Displaying the year of our charter and the department motto, this patch is truly individual to Biggersville Fire & Rescue. We gladly "swap" patches with other fire, police and EMS departments across the nation and anywhere in the world. For more information, please contact us.
In 2009, Biggersville Fire & Rescue adopted the motto, "Our Family Protecting Yours". The members of the Department felt that this simple phrase perfectly captured the purpose of their efforts. As a volunteer, you quickly become close to those that you serve with -- before long, you are practically family. It is this binding quality that makes the heart of a volunteer fire department so special to its members and the community that it serves. This motto is reflected in the Biggersville Fire & Rescue uniform patch, on all department vehicles and on all publications.
Meetings are usually held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm. (Times and dates may vary depending on schedules and training events; contact us for up-to-date information.) These meetings are open to the public and held to discuss the day-to-day operations of the department, financial reports and call volume information. These meetings also include a wide varity of training topics and activities. Any person wanting to find out more about becoming a member is encouraged to attend these meetings.
Annual Officer Elections: Officer elections are conducted on the second Tuesday of June each year.
North Station & Helipad: In November 2011, thanks to the Assistance to Firefighters Station Construction Grant (ARRA-SCG) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the North Station was opened. Biggersville Fire & Rescue was the only recipient of the ARRA-SCG in the State of Mississippi. The award is the largest AFG/FEMA grant awarded in the history of Alcorn County. In addition to day-to-day activities of a fire station, the building is also used as a voting preceint and host to community events sponsered by Biggersville Fire & Rescue.
South Station: Soon after the start of the department, a small piece of land was donated by the Dees Family for the construction of a fire station on Alcorn County Road 513, near Highway 45. That fire station is still in operation today. In addition to day-to-day activities of a fire station, the building is also used as a voting preceint.
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