Arkansas News

Friday, May 18, 2018

Gosnell Fire Department raffling grill to raise money for new equipment

Training equipment is important for any fire department, and one area department has come up with a creative way to try to fund a new training tool for its firefighters. It's all part of the effort to lower the fire department’s ISO rating. Gosnell Fire Department currently sits at a 4. But every new training tool they have under their belt helps in lowering that rating. So the Friends of the Fire Department group is raffling off a $1,500 wood pellet grill to raise money. All proceeds will go toward a burn building for the department. “What that building does is allow the firefighters to actually train in a similar real-life burning situation,” Asst. Police Chief and Driver for Gosnell Fire Department Andrew Wyles said. “I believe they put hay inside the building and burn it to where it gets smoked up so the firefighters can crawl through it and find it and extinguish it.”
KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro

Pocahontas: Fire destroys travel trailer

A fire Thursday night kept Pocahontas firefighters busy and destroyed a travel trailer, according to Pocahontas Fire Chief Darrell Kester. Firefighters went to Arkansas 251 around 6:45 p.m. Thursday after getting a call about the blaze. Kester said one person was inside the trailer, which was being used as temporary housing. The person, who was not injured, was able to get out of the trailer, Kester said.
KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Searcy: Pets perish from smoke

Searcy firefighters attempted to resuscitate two dogs Wednesday afternoon that were exposed to heavy smoke from a laundry room fire, but the animals eventually had to be euthanized. The fire started in the dryer at a residence at 14 Weatherstone Drive and was contained to the laundry room, according to Searcy Fire Chief Andy Woody. "Fire crews went in and rescued the dogs and administered high-flow oxygen through a mask just as they would to a fire victim ”¦," he said. "The vet at Westside [Veterinary Clinic] was very complimentary and said that's exactly the way the pets needed to be treated." A cat also perished but was dead when firefighters arrived at the fire, which was reported at 3:15 p.m., Woody said. He said the veterinarian said he was surprised the dogs lasted as long as they did considering how long they were exposed to heavy smoke before treatment was administered.

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