Fire Department

Leo Brown

Fire Chief

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Meet Your Fire Chief: Leo Brown


Fire Chief Leo Brown has served the city of Laurel as a firefighter for nearly 29 years and continues to look forward to protecting and improving the city.

Brown was born and raised in Laurel and after high school, joined the Army where he served for seven years from 1983 to 1990. In February 1992, he got married.

He credits his success to persistence and the previous experience he had in the military learning leadership qualities and people skills. “There is a lot of camaraderie,” he said. “You work with a lot of different people- it’s like a family.”

One thing that meant a lot to Brown as he was starting out, and that he continues to focus on as chief, is to give credit where it is due and provide the best possible support for the team. “It meant a lot to me when I was coming up,” he said. “Compliment a job well done and get the stuff they need to do the job.”

He also works to encourage his team to build their skills so that they too can rise up in the ranks. “A lot of guys are real passionate about this job. I want them to learn this job so that one day they can sit over here,” he said referencing the chief’s position.

In addition to building up his team, Brown also enjoys working to increase public understanding of the services that the fire department provides.

“It takes a good ear and a thick skin,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know what goes on. For example, water coming from the truck does not mean that the truck is losing water. It is not leaking it is just part of the process. I want to bridge that gap between public knowledge,” he explained. “I like dealing with the public. I’m a people person,” he said. “My door is always open.”

Brown’s goals for the future of the department include acquiring better training and equipment, building up the department’s personnel, increasing public awareness about the department and its work, and improving the city’s fire rating.

He and his wife live in Laurel. They have a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.



Fire Station #1

314 Ellisville Blvd.
Phone: (601) 428-6597
Fax: (601) 428-6483
After Hours (601) 428-6468

Fire Station #2

1347 Susie B. Ruffin
Phone: (601) 428-6477

Fire Station #4

415 Queensburg Ave.
Phone: (601) 428-6474

Fire Station #5

1415 Parker Dr.
Phone: (601) 428-6475

Fire Station #6

1318 Hillcrest Dr.
Phone: (601) 428-6476

Staff Members

Edwin Blue

Training Officer
Phone: 601-428-6470

Tandi Tanner

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 601-428-6597

Howard Kitchens

Fire Prevention Officer
Phone: 601-319-6471
The City of Laurel, established as a lumber town in 1882, is conveniently situated approximately two hours from larger destination cities such as Jackson, Biloxi, New Orleans, and Mobile. In recent years, the city has become a destination all its own thanks, in part, to its starring role in HGTV’s popular “Hometown” series. As Laurel, and interest in it, continues to grow, we are committed to providing the resources necessary to help all of our residents and businesses reach their full potential.
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