Pocahontas Fire station damage affecting response times

  • Source: KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro
  • Published: 05/18/2017 02:12 PM

As homeowners continue to clean up after major flooding this month, cities are assessing damage to their buildings also. The flood significantly damaged the Pocahontas Fire Department Station 2 at the airport. It got between 6 and 8 inches of water inside. The crew that's usually at Station 2 would likely be the first to respond to an emergency on the east side of town, but right now they can't work out of that building. "We normally staff this station, we've moved that to our older station that was only staffed during the day, and that's become living quarters for full-timers," Fire Chief Darrel Kester said. That older fire station is on the west side of town, which can hinder them getting to a scene quickly, especially with the Black Rock Bridge currently reduced to two lanes.


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