DeSoto County Emergency Management is charged with the development and maintenance of a Comprehensive Emergency Management Program in coordination and planning with local, state, federal, and private agencies in order to protect life and property from natural and man-made hazardous events.
The DeSoto County EMA seeks to mitigate the effects of an emergency or event, execute timely response during disaster, and establish a recovery system in order to return the community to its normal state of affairs as soon as possible.
This agency is also charged with establishing, maintaining, and operating an Emergency Operations Center from which officials can conduct operations during emergency / disaster conditions.
DeSoto County EMS provides CPR, EMT, and other life-saving training to area fire departments, organizations, and schools.
Desoto County Government issues burn permits for open burning in the unincorporated areas.
- A residential burn permit may be issued on personal property for open burning of campfire wood, brush (less than 5 inches in diameter), weeds, leaves, grass, clean lumber scraps and paper products at a residence.
- A Commercial burn permit may be issued for land-clearing waste such as trees, brush & stumps. A site visit is required before a Commercial Burn Permit is issued.
Fire Code Enforcement & Investigation
Desoto County Emergency Services is responsible for fire code enforcement in the unincorporated portions of Desoto County. Duties include; annual inspections of commercial buildings; reviews building plans, and inspects new buildings for fire and life safety code compliance.
Fire Investigators partner with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department to determine the cause and origin of fires and explosions in the unincorporated portions of Desoto County.