Jackson County’s fire protection is provided by both paid and volunteer Fire Departments divided into eleven districts. North Jackson Fire District is governed by an elected Board of Directors who set the budget and mil rate for the district. The Fire Chief is responsible for the operation of the Department.
The North Jackson Fire District covers 37.5 square miles. The Department is made up of men and women from all walks of life. The current company includes farmers, postmen, retirees, bus drivers, civil engineers, airline pilots, etc.
In 1973, Smith Bridges, Claude Pardue, Jerry Fletcher, Frank Davis and others saw the need for a fire department in the North Jackson area and started the North Jackson Fire Department. In the beginning, they operated two engines. Funding in the early days was raised by BBQ, ham and egg suppers, a reverse raffle for a Cadillac, and wrestling matches.