Page 13: History of the Biloxi Fire Department

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Biloxi Fire Department's million dollar ladder truck at the Central Fire Station has all the bells and whistles. It boasts the latest technology found on a modern day fire truck.

If you visit the Biloxi Fire Museum on Howard Avenue you'll see how far the department has come over the years.

"This is a 1947 Ford," said Battalion Chief Joe Boney, sitting inside a classic old fire truck.

Boney said he is so proud of the collection that has come together over the years at the West End Fire Company 3 building, turned museum.

"Our main mission is to preserve the history because Biloxi has such a great history between the fire department and the public."

Historic fire trucks, like a 1968 Mack and an open cab 1955 truck, are the most compelling items at the Fire House museum.

Old photographs from Fireman Day parades capture what was once quite a ritual in the city of Biloxi. Back in the early part of the 20th century, the parades were as big as Mardi Gras. They even had their own Queen named Miss Flame. There is an effort underway to revive the ritual this year. The idea is to hold the parade in September.

Meanwhile, stop by the Fire House Museum on Howard Avenue and step back in time.

Boney said it's a great opportunity to explore the past.

"There is a story behind every artifact in here. Everything has a little bit of history to it."

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