Arkansas News

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

New fire station in Harrisburg looking to save residents money

A new fire station in Poinsett County will better protect you and may just put a couple more dollars into your pocket. Construction has begun on the new Harrisburg Fire Station right off Highway 1. The new state-of-the-art facility will expand their force and hopefully lower their Insurance Services Office Rating. “Once we get done with this stuff, our ISO rating may potentially go down which will lower issuance premiums for the city of Harrisburg and surrounding areas,” said Mayor Justin Kimble. Kimble said they are building the facility with the plan of moving to a full-time department and adding space for living quarters. He added construction on the exterior of the building is expected to be completed by the winter.
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Monday, September 26, 2022

It’s hats off for Springdale firefighters; Council to consider spending $63,000 to rehelmet 160 firefighters

The Fire Department chief says his team needs new helmets and has asked the City Council to spend up to $63,000 for their purchase. The council, meeting as a committee of the whole Wednesday, moved the measure for a vote Tuesday. Fire Chief Blake Holte said the department would save $8,800 if it buys the helmets together instead of a few helmets at a time. Individual helmets cost about $355. Accompanying gear such as the chin strap would come at no cost with a promotion from Casco Industries in Shreveport, La., which sells fire equipment. The money would come from the Act 833 fund, which returns to fire departments tax money residents pay in their homeowners insurance, fire insurance and property taxes. The fund now holds about $400,000, reported Colby Fulfer, the mayor's chief of staff.
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