Arkansas News

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Farmington Firefighters are now on duty 24/7

The Farmington Fire Department has greatly reduced its response time. For the first time in its history, the Farmington Fire Department now has firefighters on duty 24/7. With the city's increase in growth, the department receives more calls, meaning they need someone available at all times. "It takes a team to run the firehouse and protect the city." Farmington Firefighter, Martin Peters said. Fire Chief Mark Cunningham has been a member of the Farmington Fire Department for 35 years. "When I first got on I believe we had 208 people in the city. For me to see the city grow the way it's grown over the years. It's helped me grow the fire department.

Russellville: Several fire departments battle blaze consuming motor home

Just after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, January 16, several fire departments responded to a report of a structure fire located near the 1400 block of East Gum Street. The 911 caller reported to dispatch that a motor home parked behind the residence at the address was on fire. After speaking to the caller, dispatch learned that a second structure was possibly being threatened after being told the motor home was located next to a large shop. Dispatch requested the response the Crow Mountain Department and also requested the response of Russellville Fire Department’s Engine 3 and Battalion 1, Moreland Fire Department, Linker Mountain Fire Department and Martin Township Fire Department per auto aid agreement.*
River Valley Leader

Dover ISO ranking improved

Residents within the Dover city limits could notice a significant decrease in homeowner's insurance premiums in the new year because of an improved ISO rating according to a statement released recently by Dover Fire Chief Tristan Teague. Teague said the Insurance Services Organization (ISO), a private organization evaluating preparedness systems nationwide, completed its comprehensive review of the city's fire department, communications system, and water supply and improved its rating from a Class 4 to a Class 3 ranking.
Russellville Courier

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Fort Smith residence damaged in fire

A Fort Smith residence sustained damage from a fire that took place on Monday, according to Fort Smith Fire Marshal Ronnie Rogers. Rogers said a 911 call about the fire came in at 12:36 p.m. Monday. The fire started in the attic at 1701 N. 45th Terrace, possibly as the result of an electric short. The family living at the residence was at home when the fire started, Rogers said. However, everybody got out safely with no injuries or fatalities. The garage and attic of the residence sustained significant damage, and there was smoke and heat throughout the house, Rogers said.
Fort Smith Southwest Times Record

Monette Fire Department buys new lights to aid in helicopter landings

The Monette Fire Department bought new landing light to use for medical flight services. They’ve had LED lighting to use as a perimeter when helicopters land at an emergency scene. Last year, a medical helicopter could not see the lights while using night vision after responding to a house explosion in Monette. Fire Chief David Clark said that issue is resolved with the new lights. “They are flashing ambient lights, and they say they’ll be able to see these with night vision,” Clark said. Clark said the lights are ready to go, but hopes they never have to use them.
KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro

New chief takes over in Pangburn

The new fire chief in Pangburn said he plans to bring major improvements to the volunteer fire department. "With the new fire tax that has come in, it has opened a lot of doors for us," said Blake Ellis, a 27-year-old White County deputy who took over as fire chief at the first of the year. White County voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax in November that will give each volunteer fire department in the county nearly $6,000 monthly, according to Pangburn Mayor David Wilson. "A lot of it [money] is going to be growing the fire department as far as [purchasing] apparatuses and equipment," Ellis said. The Pangburn Volunteer Fire Department lacks the newest, up-to-date equipment that would allow first responders to serve more adequately and efficiently in some emergency scenarios, according to Ellis.

Springdale business "Total Loss" in fire

A business is a total loss after burning about midnight this morning (Saturday, Jan. 13). Truck Center of Arkansas located at 2675 W. Sunset Ave. was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, said Battalion Chief Todd Andrews with the Springdale Fire Department. Firefighters worked several hours to get the fire under control. Andrews said the cause of the fire continues to be investigated, and no one was injured.
KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith

Crews return to Elkins house after fire rekindles

Emergency crews have returned to the scene of a house fire in Elkins, after flames rekindled in the early hours of Monday morning. Officials say the call originally came in around 8:30 pm Sunday night on Stokenbury Road. When crews arrived, they were able to put out the flames, but the fire started back up again hours later, prompting crews to return. The Washington County Fire Marshall tells 40/29 News that no one was hurt, but the house is a total loss. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
KHOG-TV ABC 29/KHBS-TV 40 Fayetteville-Fort Smith

Crews respond to house fire in Springdale

The Springdale Fire Department is investigating what caused a house and garage to go up in flames early Sunday morning. Crews say the home and garage went up in flames just after 1:30 am. When firefighters got to the scene, the home was burning so badly they couldn't get inside and had to fight the flames from the outside. Springdale Battalion Chief James Hales says the home —located on Ewalt Avenue — had been vacant for a while and they don't believe anyone was in the home. Firefighters say home is now a total loss. Crews also ran into problems because of the cold weather.
KHOG-TV ABC 29/KHBS-TV 40 Fayetteville-Fort Smith

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