Arkansas News

Friday, February 15, 2019

Texarkana firefighters take part in hazmat training

The Texarkana, Arkansas and Texarkana, Texas fire departments are partnering with members of the Arkansas National Guard to sharpen their skills on handling dangerous hazmat materials. In Thursday's training scenario, the Civil Support Team suited up in hazmat suits to investigate a clandestine meth lab that had been reported to law enforcement. Hazmat officials say keeping up on training helps the team face a wide variety of situations. The training also aims to build a relationship between the local firefighters and the 61st Civil Support Team. "You don't want the first time you meet someone to be an emergency where you're trying to figure out protocol, policies and procedures, and how to work together," explained William Smith, Texarkana, Arkansas Fire Department Battalion Chief.
The De Queen Bee

Arkansas State University moves forward with disaster training facilities

One of the worst earthquake sequences ever recorded in North America started at 2 a.m. On Dec. 16, 1811. The quake, up to 8.2 on the Richter Scale was centered three miles underneath the ground in present-day Blytheville, according to geologists. A series of more powerful earthquakes followed in the coming months centered near New Madrid, Mo. The rattling earth was so strong, it was reported to have moved church bells in New England and re-routed the Mississippi River. Little damage was caused in Arkansas when the initial quake struck due to the fact that few people lived in the region. That’s not the case anymore and geologists agree on one thing – it’s not if another quake will strike the New Madrid Fault Zone that ends in Marked Tree, Ark., it’s a matter of when it will strike.
Talk Business

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Woman, 30, struck by train in south Arkansas airlifted to Little Rock hospital, officials say

A 30-year-old Arkansas woman was struck by a train south of Camden on Wednesday afternoon and later airlifted to Little Rock, officials said. Firefighters received a call about the collision, which occurred near the intersection of Arkansas 376 and Old Wire Road, at about 1 p.m., Camden Fire Chief Robert Medford said. The Ouachita County sheriff’s office identified the woman as Jennifer Eltabbakh of Camden. The severity of the woman's injuries prompted responders to airlift her to Little Rock for treatment, Ouachita County Medical Center CEO Peggy Abbott, said. Eltabbakh's condition wasn't immediately known hours after the collision. The sheriff’s office didn’t say why Eltabbakh was on the tracks. Authorities said the Union Pacific Railroad Police Department was investigating.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette & Arkansas Online

One man saved in Johnson County water rescue

One man is recovering after being rescued from a Minnow Creek in Johnson County. The Johnson County dive team captain says they don't know for sure if wet and slippery conditions played a factor in the accident, but they say this is a good reminder to slow down during bad weather. It happened Monday around 11:30 a.m. on Highway 123 about two miles north of Highway 164. Fire officials say a truck driver told a neighbor about the car in the water, that man then drove a tractor over and hooked a chain up onto the vehicle and tried to pull it out of the water. The driver was able to kick out a window and crawl out of his car to safety. The dive team captain, Darrell Plank, says this could have ended a lot differently if the neighbor hadn't stepped in to help.
KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith

Work progresses on Paragould fire station design

Work is getting serious on the new fire station. A crew from MTA Engineers of Little Rock has been taking soil samples at the site, west of the west end of Morgan Street on Highway 49, to test soil strength. According to Mizan Raman, president and CEO of Little Rock-based ETC Engineers and Architects, the actual design of the building has already been in the works for the last three months. "We stared with user [i.e. Fire Department] input," he said, "based on user need, for what they will want now and in the future." Having received the input, Raman said, ETC has now finished its last revisions. "The users have looked at the floor plan," he said, "and are satisfied that they have gotten what they want. So now we will do the soil analysis, heating and ventilation requirements, and we are now in full design mode." Paragould Fire Chief Kevin Lang said the department is still "tweaking" the interior. The building is to have five drive-through bays for fire engines, plus one smaller bay for trailers.
Paragould Daily Press

Bentonville station ceremony open to public

The city is inviting the public to attend a groundbreaking for fire station No. 7 at 2 p.m. Feb. 22. It will have one wash and three apparatus bays. It will include living quarters for six firefighters and a battalion chief and a substation office for the Police Department. Jackson Brown Palculict of Little Rock designed the building. Clinard Construction Management of Bentonville is the construction manager. The building is expected to be completed in the fall and cost about $2.5 million.
NWAOnline - Northwest Arkansas News

Sign up to subscribe to custom state Daily Dispatch emails for free

click to subscribe