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The Mississippi Fire Insurance Rating Bureau evaluates all fire departments and districts within the state to determine how insurance rates should be applied by insurance companies. The scale runs from one to ten with one being the best rating. There are many factors considered in order to determine the rating. Some of those are area covered by fire stations, apparatus and equipment, training, certifications of various personnel, inspections of commercial properties, water supplies and others.
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Burn permits are issued in compliance with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality requirements and EPA. A permit can be obtained for the clearing of land by contacting this office and completing the permit application. The fee is $150.
A site inspection is required to verify the pit is within guidelines and an air curtain destructor is provided. A pit is required for most sites. Fences must be provided to avoid unknowing humans or animals from falling into the pit. Fences shall be erected at the end of the day. The burn permit must be kept on site and contains a list of the requirements to be met. Burning of trash, rubbish, copper wiring, tires, or any other materials shall not be allowed. All permits can be discontinued if there are excessive complaints in the area. Developers / contractors are responsible for any damages related to the burning operations.
The Southaven Fire Dispatch Office should be contacted at 662-393-0228.
The City of Southaven has recently adopted the 2018 International Codes published by the International Code Congress. Copies can be purchased online by visiting their website at iccsafe.org. NFPA standards are applicable as referenced within the International Fire Code.
There are times when a sheet or portion of the drawings must be corrected to ensure that the contractors have the appropriate instructions for code compliance.
The process for appeal is located within the administrative section of the 2018 International Fire Code. An appeal board will hear requests for determinations on interpretations or alternate materials or processes that meet the intent of the code. There is no process for eliminating the enforcement of any specific section within the code as adopted. The code is considered to be the minimum required to produce a safe built environment for our citizens.
You may come to City Clerk's Office located at 8710 Northwest Drive, first floor between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. The fire report fee is $10.00. Please have the address of incident and the date of incident so we can pull the appropriate report. If a business requires a fire report we will require a formal request on your business letterhead faxed or brought in to our office. Please be advised there is a 24 hour turn around time to have your report ready for pick up.
Fire Department Administration located at 8710 Northwest Drive, second floor between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. The EMS report fee is $10.00. Please have the address of service and the date of service as well as the name of the person involved so we can pull the appropriate report. To obtain an EMS report you must have a signed HIPPA release form. EMS reports may only be released to the person involved. Please be advised there is a 24 hour turn around time to have your report ready for pick up.