Certain areas in the City of Jackson have been placed under a MANDATORY EVACUATION due to the risk of SEVERE FLOODING. With the Pearl River expected to crest at 38 feet on SUNDAY, February 16, 2020, citizens living in low-lying areas are urged to leave their homes no later than SATURDAY, February 15, 2020. Long term shelter has been made available at the Jackson Police Training Academy (3000 St. Charles Street, Jackson, MS 39209). Residents are advised to keep an emergency supply kit on hand. View this interactive map for impacted areas. EXTENDED: Sandbags are available for PICK UP ONLY Saturday from 8:00 - 2:00 at 4225 Michael Avalon Street, Jackson, MS 39213. For more information on how to prepare click here. Se habla espanol, marcar aqui. PLEASE NOTE: All City offices will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2020, in observance of Presidents Day. 

Willie G. Owens, Fire Chief

Email

wowens@city.jackson.ms.us

Phone

601-960-1392

Position

Fire Chief

Jackson Fire Department

Willie G. Owens, Fire Chief

The leader of the Jackson Fire Department is Chief Willie G. Owens who has thirty – two (32) years with the department. He is a native of Belzoni, Mississippi where he attended McNair High School and enrolled in Jackson State University in 1970. He received a B.S. degree in Health & Physical Education from Jackson State in 1972. In 1974, he began a career with the Jackson Fire Department, and in 1979 he went back to Jackson State University and received a degree in Fire Science Technology.

The city of Jackson entered a Consent Decree with the Federal Government for Racial discrimination in 1973 and therefore hired an all-black class the next year that produced two Fire Chiefs, Chief Owens being one of them.

Chief Owens has made many accomplishments since becoming fire chief by extending the promotional list from one to two years, decreased the age limit from 21 to 18 to become a firefighter, establish a fire science program in the Jackson Public School System and increased the number of firefighters to its highest level in the department.

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