Arkansas News

Friday, February 23, 2018

Little Rock Fire Department proactively staffs two extra water rescue crews

After a few days of heavy rain and more is on its way, the Little Rock Fire Department is proactively staffing two extra swift water rescue crews just for the flood potential. High water is rushing through Boyle Park in Little Rock. The overflowing creek, and potential for more rain, causing the Little Rock Fire Department to put extra staff on the clock that is dedicated to rescuing people from high water "We have six additional firefighters on duty in addition to the other staff positions," said Little Rock Fire Department Captain Jacob Lear-Sadowsky. Captain Joey Whitaker is in charge of the water rescue team based out of West Little Rock.
KARK-TV NBC 4 Little Rock

Rogers Fire Dept. responds to small electrical fire

The Rogers Fire Department cleared the scene after a small electrical fire broke out at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade. It was a scare for shoppers who were wrapping up for the day. Firefighters were called to the scene around 8:20 tonight. The Fire Chief said the fire started at the Jos. A. Bank store, but it was under control quickly. It's unclear how much damage was done.
KHOG-TV ABC 29/KHBS-TV 40 Fayetteville-Fort Smith

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gassville City Council hires new fire chief, denies opioid lawsuit

In Tuesday night's session of the Gassville City Council the council approved hiring Christy Dewey as the new fire chief. Dewey has 10 years firefighting experience within the Gassville Fire Department and is also a paramedic. Her current position is as secretary within the department. Gassville Mayor Jeff Braim told KTLO, Classic Hits 101.7 and The Boot news Buford resident Will Syfrett, who had been selected as the city's new chief, has decided not to accept the position. By a vote of four to two the council also decided not to support litigation recognizing the opioid epidemic in the U.S. and in Arkansas. Cities are being asked to approve resolutions to engage in litigation as a member of the Municipal League Defense Program against entities and people responsible for the rapid spread of abuse.
KTLO-FM 101.7 Classic Hits

Heavy rains flood roads, cause lakes to rise in Garland County

At least one person had to be rescued from a flooded vehicle Wednesday after heavy rainfall pushed local creeks onto roadways, while another was able to make his way through a rain-swollen tributary on his own. Garland County Department of Emergency Management Director Bo Robertson said Capt. Shelby Terry of the Garland County's Sheriff's Department rescued a woman from floodwaters on Deer Park Road, pulling her from a vehicle in waters that had reached the windshield. Jonathan Werst of Holy Spirit Loop made it to safety on his own early Wednesday after his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was swept into the Middle Branch of Gulpha Creek, forcing him to climb into the bed as the water rose, according to a firefighter at the scene.

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