Arkansas News

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Rogers Fire Chief discusses wildfires in D.C.

Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins was in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to testify before Congress on the behalf of the fire service about the devastation caused by wildfires in 2017. Jenkins is serving as the president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and one of his duties is visiting with elected officials about issues that fire chiefs have on a local level. "Wildfires, in particular 2017, proved to be a challenging year and we've seen it over the last 10 years increase in both intensity and the seasons increased," Jenkins said. Jenkins says that wildfires can happen at anytime and it can affect all areas of the country, including right here in Northwest Arkansas.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Man hospitalized after Fort Smith car wreck, fire

A man in his 90s was taken to a hospital Wednesday (March 21) morning after his car caught fire when he crashed into a fence on Spradling Avenue, according to Fort Smith police. The man was trapped inside the car while firefighters put out the blaze, but police said the man was alert when they pulled him out. He was taken to Sparks Regional Medical Center, but his current condition is unknown. The wreck happened shortly before 8 a.m. Police believe a medical condition could have contributed to the wreck.
KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport operates own police and fire units, struggles with turnover

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) in Highfill is like a small city. More than 1.4 million travelers visit annually, not including those who meet and greet them daily, and the personnel responsible for their safety work among them and behind the scenes. Gilbert Neil, public safety director for XNA, has led the airport’s police and fire departments for more than 10 years. The police department is focused on community policing as officers engage with travelers and give more warnings instead of citations for traffic violations and incidents. The ratio of warnings to citations is 10 to one, he said. “Public service is very important to us,” Neil said. “We’re taking care of the people here. And that may just be helping them from their car to the check-in counter. We’ll do anything and everything that people need.”
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