Arkansas News

Monday, March 27, 2017

Honoring Fallen Fire Fighters in Little Rock

At an annual ceremony Saturday loved ones came together to honor Arkansas heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice. This year two names were added to the memorial. Chief Ronald "Shorty" Boyd of the Round Mountain Fire Department who died in the line of duty in 1989 and firefighter Lancy Crawford of the Plainview Fire Department who died summer of 2016 during a driving inspection. Justin Lancaster, Chief of Plainview Fire Department says, " Firefighter Crawford was uh if there was ever an ideal firefighter that's that's how you would explain firefighter Crawford. He's always there when you need him." Over 100 firefighters have died in the line of duty so far.
KARK-TV NBC 4 Little Rock

Lowell growth prompts building of second fire station

Plans for the city's second fire station will improve response times on the west side of town when it opens next year, officials said. Construction on Fire Station No. 2 will begin in the fall at the corner of Bellview Street and Zion Church Road, Fire Chief Mike Morris said. The station will occupy the northwest corner of a 100-acre tract planned to become a city park, the Kathleen Johnson Memorial Park. "Our average response time is higher than preferred on the west side, and it will be the primary response station for everything west of Dixieland," Morris said.

Paragould auto sales shop fire believed to have started in trash can

Northeast Greene County Fire District Chief Daniel Patterson told Region 8 News the fire that destroyed Larry's Auto Sales on Highway 49 Saturday has been ruled accidental. Patterson said they believe it started in a trash can that had cigarette butts in it but they aren't sure how the fire started. Larry's Auto Sales is expected to reopen soon. According to Daniel Patterson with the Greene County Northeast Fire District, crews were able to save all the titles, documents, and most of the keys. He said the owner plans to set up a temporary shop on the used car lot to resume business sometime soon.
KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro

Hot Springs mobile home fire

Hot Springs Fire Department firefighters survey the damage to a mobile home at 107 Skyview Terrace after a fire erupted in the home early Friday. Firefighters got the call shortly after 6:30 a.m. and had the fire under control within about 15 minutes, HSFD Assistant Fire Marshal Carlton Scott said. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it appeared to have started in a bedroom. Five people were home at the time and all escaped uninjured, but one dog was later found deceased and some kittens were seriously injured. Scott said the residence was a total loss.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fort Smith Fire Department purchases “Multi-Gas” detectors to keep firefighters safe

The Fort Smith Fire Department is working to keep their men safe, not just while they’re out on the job, but when they’re not battling the flames too. The department was able to get their hands on more what they call “multi-gas" detectors. They help crews determine when it’s safe to enter into a building following a structure fire. The detector has four different sensors that draw in samples of air. The device measures carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, the low explosive limit and oxygen. When the alarm goes off on the device, it means the levels are too high and it’s no longer safe for the firefighters to be inside a building. If fire crews breathe in too much of the toxic air, it could lead to health hazards. The Center for Disease Control conducted a study finding that more than 68 percent of firefighters will develop a type of cancer due to their work environment.
KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith

Fire destroys home near Strickler

A home and workshop burned down near Strickler on Thursday night. The fire spread to nearby trees and burned several vehicles as wind whipped up the flames to dangerous conditions, said Mark Myers, West Fork fire chief. No one was hurt in the blaze. Firefighters from several agencies fought the fire around 4:30 p.m. at 21027 Carter Road. The home and shop were completely consumed with flames when firefighters arrived, Myers said. The wind pushed the flames into trees and burned three or four vehicles, he said. Another building was also starting to catch fire, he said. It took about four hours to put out the fire, Myers said. Firefighters saved several buildings.
NWAOnline - Northwest Arkansas News

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