Mayor swears in new fire dept. lateral transfer

This is a press release from the city of Hattiesburg.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mayor Toby Barker issued the firefighter's oath to Michael Wheelock, a lateral transfer to Hattiesburg Fire Department on Wednesday.

Firefighter Wheelock is a graduate of South Jones High School, and he is coming back to the city as a re-hire from spending a few years working in the oil industry. He holds Firefighter 1001 and 1002 certifications, and he is certified as both a Hazardous Material Technician and Rope Rescue Technician.

The City of Hattiesburg continues to see growth in both police and fire departments and is actively recruiting for its 2018 academy classes. Anyone interested in applying for either academy, slated to begin in February, can visit

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