Arkansas News

Friday, October 20, 2017

Springdale Fire Department receives life saving training

First responders in Springdale got some special training Thursday that could help save their own lives. During the session, firefighters performed a maneuver called the Columbus Drill. This is when a firefighter falls into the basement of a burning house and other firefighters use a hose to pull the fallen fireman out of the basement. Battalion Chief Blake Holt says this maneuver could help bring the brave first responders home. "When an event occurs, an emergency event. We don't want that to be the first time we've experienced something similar. You need training and or past experience or a combination of those to react and be efficient," Holt said. The training took place at a house donated by Springdale Water Utilities.

Little Rock: Millions awarded in tragic death lawsuit after delayed 911 response

The estate of Le Yang, who died at age 7 on January 19, 2015, from injuries suffered in a January 14, 2013, drowning incident following a delayed emergency response, has been awarded more than $17 million against Candance Middleton, the former City of Little Rock 911 call taker who mishandled the 911 call. On January 14, 2013, Jinglei Yi, and her then five-year-old son Le Yang, were driving to Le’s preschool when her SUV hit a patch of black ice near the intersection of Capitol Hill Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue/Rushmore Avenue in Little Rock. Jinglei’s SUV left the roadway and ended up in a pond just south of Capitol Hill Boulevard.
Fox 16

Royal: Three area fire departments battle blaze

Three volunteer fire departments fought a fully involved house fire at 115 Cleo St. into the early morning hours Wednesday. The cause of the fire, which destroyed the residence, was still under investigation, Piney Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Scott Miser said, noting he has received reports the structure did not have electricity for three months, and its sole resident was living off generators kept in the house. Miser said the male resident was transported to an area hospital for unrelated causes prior to the fire's start. Miser said he plans to ask the resident if there was a heat source in his house that could be tied back to the incident.

Woman airlifted to hospital after Pearcy area fire; blaze ’believed to be suspicious,’ fire chief says

An Arkansas woman was airlifted to UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock after a fire Thursday that appeared suspicious, officials said. The fire at 407 S. Harris Road in the Pearcy area started before 10 a.m. and destroyed the one-story storage building, the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record reported Friday. As firefighters arrived and began to attempt to control the blaze, a woman emerged from a side window, the newspaper reported. The woman was treated on scene before being airlifted to Little Rock. There was no immediate update on her condition on Friday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette & Arkansas Online

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Crews respond to house fire in Rogers

A family is safe after a fire broke out at their home on the the 300 block of Casey Lane in Rogers. The Rogers Fire Department was called to the scene just before 8 PM. They said the fire started in the basement, but the cause has not been determined. Matthew Dickson, the owner of the home, told 40/29 News that he and his family had just moved into the house on Friday. No one was injured, but the family did lose a pet hamster due to smoke inhalation.
KHOG-TV ABC 29/KHBS-TV 40 Fayetteville-Fort Smith

PHOTO: Donation to El Dorado Fire Department

Clean Harbors presents a $10,000 donation to the El Dorado Fire Department. The money will be used to purchase new equipment to protect firefighters from carcinogens. Exposure by firefighters has increased exponentially over the years and Clean Harbors has joined the EDFD efforts to actively prevent exposure to known substances that result from fire byproducts.
El Dorado News-Times

Rogers Fire Department assists with house fire near Avoca

The Rogers Fire Department assisted in an overnight fire near Avoca, according to chief Tom Jenkins. Firefighters responded about 1:17 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 18) to 14979 Muldoon Drive, which is in unincorporated Benton County on an inlet at Beaver Lake The Avoca Fire Department described the structure as a total loss, but said no one was home while crews responded to the blaze. The fire has been turned over to the Benton County Fire Marshal for investigation.
KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith

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