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Tucked away in the most northwestern corner of DeSoto County, the Walls Fire Department recognizes the role that they play in providing safety to the predominantly rural community. The dedicated men and women who volunteer at the Department are the first line of defense in protecting eighty-three square miles of land, which is the largest first response area of any department in DeSoto County. Homes, businesses, and schools all depend on the Walls Fire Department to be ready to handle a wide range of emergencies that could potentially impact the region, and the Department stands ready to take on that task.
The Walls’ Fire Chief, Mike Hancock, and the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors have continuously looked for opportunities to improve the emergency response capabilities of the Walls Fire Department. As part of these improvement efforts, Walls is currently constructing a new station that is anticipated to become operational by the end of 2017. District 3 Supervisor, Bill Russell, is excited for the benefit that the new station will provide those who live in his district. “It’s going to provide more coverage for people who live in the area, and that can lead to lower home insurance rates,” noted Supervisor Russell. “We’re thrilled about that." Those who live within five road miles of a fire station are potentially eligible for a reduction in their fire rating, leading to lower home insurance costs. The hope is that, by constructing another station in Walls, more residents will receive this benefit.
While working as a volunteer firefighter is no easy job, this hard work is its own reward. Chief Hancock wants those who might be interested in joining the department to know of the tremendous impact that they can have on the lives of friends and neighbors. “You can be a part of the community in a positive way,” said Hancock. “When you join, you’re part of something bigger than yourself and you can really help your community.”
Walls currently has thirty-eight members on their roster, but they are looking to grow. If you are interested in becoming part of the Walls Fire Department, you can contact the Department at 662-781-2020 to begin the application process. Training and equipment are provided at no cost to the applicants.