Keith A. Brown
Fire Chief, Picayune Fire Department (Miss.)
Chief Keith Brown began his role in public service in 1989 attending Pearl River Junior College where he majored in Criminal Justice. He joined the Poplarville (MS) National Guard Unit in 1992 and graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Auxiliary training program in 1993.
Chief Brown’s tenure with the fire service began in 1990 when he joined the Poplarville Volunteer Fire Department. In 1991 the department awarded him Firefighter of the Year. In 1992, he became employed with the Picayune Fire Department and in 2001 he was promoted to the position of Fire Marshal/Training Officer. Then in 2002 he was named Fire Chief, the title he currently holds. During his tenure with the Picayune Fire Department he has received numerous certifications pertaining to the fire service.
In 2008, Chief Brown was named as an executive board member for the South Mississippi Regional Response Team. That spring he was elected as Vice President to the Mississippi Fire Chief’s Association Southern District. Then during the summer, he was appointed to the Mississippi Standards and Certification Fire Personnel Board, where he currently serves as vice chair.
In 2010, Chief Brown was named by the Southeastern Association of Fire Chief’s to represent the State of Mississippi Fire Service. In 2011, he was named Fire Chief of the Year for the state of Mississippi by the Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Association. Chief Brown was also named chairman of the Pearl River County Emergency Communications Advisory Board in this same year.
Chief Brown joined the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Board of Directors in June 2013 where he serves as the International Director for the Southeastern Division.