Arkansas News

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Bella Vista Fire Department developments to go to voters

The fire department is looking to make some improvements, assuming voters are on board. The city council voted during its August regular meeting to pursue a $20 million bond, to be secured by a 1 percent sales tax, to support building a new police station and court facility, raze and rebuild Fire Station 3 on Glasgow Road and construct a fire training facility. This sales tax increase cannot be approved by city government alone and must go to the voters for approval. City officials have previously expressed interest in getting the issue on the March 2020 primary ballot. Fire chief Steve Sims said that if these measures are approved by voters, the revised Station 3 will allow the department to better serve the highlands with more staff, which in turn will allow the department to have more vehicles on-site, including an ambulance -- something the Highlands station currently lacks.
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U of A Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock firefighters partner on training

The University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College announced Wednesday that four members of the North Little Rock Fire Department will work as adjunct faculty members as part of the Emergency Health Sciences training partnership. In January, officials transferred the emergency medical services program from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to UA-Pulaski Tech. The 14-month program consists of three semesters of lectures and labs along with clinical hours in a hospital setting and 300 hours of ride time in an ambulance, said Billy Jones, training and EMS captain for the North Little Rock Fire Department. "It's two nights a week, and it's an intense program," he said. Officials from North Little Rock, the Fire Department and Pulaski Tech announced the faculty partnership at the college's Center for Humanities and Arts.
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Little Rock’s Team Will Face Little Rock Firefighters to Help Battle Hunger in Arkansas

A battle royal between Little Rock’s Team and Little Rock’s bravest will help fight hunger in Arkansas. The UA Little Rock baseball team will take on firefighters from the city of Little Rock during a charity softball match that will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Gary Hogan Field in Curran Conway Park. UA Little Rock head baseball coach Chris Curry said his team is looking forward to the challenge of playing the firefighters for a good cause. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner for the first time with the Little Rock Fire Department Local #34 Station,” Curry said. “Matthew Stallings (a firefighter) and I have been working to try to put this charity softball game together for a couple years. We were finally able to make it work and to partner with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and the Trojan Food Pantry at UA Little Rock.”
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Jonesboro police, firefighters respond to fire on Highway 1

Jonesboro police and firefighters are at the scene of a fire with heavy smoke showing on Highway 1, officials said Wednesday. Crews went to the scene, just south of Southside Softball Complex on South Stadium Boulevard, around 5:50 p.m. Oct. 16. According to the Jonesboro Fire Department, there was heavy fire and smoke at the scene but no other details were available. The Jonesboro Police Department desk sergeant said police were also in the scene due to fire hoses being stretched across the road to help put out the fire.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Pangburn Fire Department ’in dire need’ of truck

The Pangburn Volunteer Fire Department is in the market for a new fire truck after learning it will receive a $15,000 grant from the Rural Community Grant Program. According to a letter to Mayor Michael Marsh from Becca Caldwell, director of the Division of Rural Services, Gov. Asa Hutchinson will present the grant to a representative of the department in a special awards ceremony Oct. 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the state Capitol in the Governor's Reception Room. At a Pangburn City Council meeting last week, Marsh said the city had promised to match the amount of the grant, but that he wanted to approve a larger amount. "What I'd like to do is approve up to $45,000, which would be $30,000 on our part. I'm not sure if we'd even have to spend that much, but I'd like to authorize $45,000 total," he said.

Lockesburg Fire Department visits Legacy Academy students

On Friday, Oct. 1, the Lockesburg Volunteer Fire Department visited Legacy Academy preschool and grammar level students. Fire Chief Doug Currence explained the importance of fire safety and why families should have an escape route and meet-up plan in place. Local fire department member Thomas Jackson suited up as the team discussed the purpose of each piece of the fire turnouts. The presentation concluded with the firemen showing the students the fire truck.
The De Queen Bee

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