Arkansas News

Friday, June 23, 2017

Pocahontas Firefighters still without a home

The effects of the flooding are still present in parts of Region 8. Fire Station #2 in Pocahontas doesn’t have any firefighters in it. The recent flooding forced them out until they could get the building repaired. Fire Chief Darrel Kester said this recent flooding brought more water into the building than ever before. “Here at Fire Station #2, on the east side, we incurred approximately six to eight inches of water inside," Kester said. "It’s a little difficult to tell exactly how high it was. We were in here immediately afterward and got the demolition going and removed the water soaked material. Several of my crew have been through here when this station flooded previously and they felt the water level was higher than it had gotten before.”
KAIT-TV ABC 8 Jonesboro

Faulkner County prepares for remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy

Faulkner County officials, business owners and residents prepared to be inundated with heavy rains as remnants from Tropical Storm Cindy were expected to hit Arkansas on Thursday. The National Weather Service of Little Rock said: “[A]reas of heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms will spread across the region” late Thursday and into Friday. Southern parts of the state were expected to see the most rain — up to 7 inches — while forecasters said Faulkner County would likely receive around 2 inches.
Conway Log Cabin Democrat

Motor creates smoke alarm inside Columbia County Library in Magnolia

Smoke inside the Columbia County Library on North Jackson Street led to a brief evacuation of the facility on Thursday afternoon. The Magnolia Fire Department determined that a burned-out motor on an air conditioning unit was the source of the smoke. Staff was allowed back into the building at 3:41 p.m., and firefighters returned to the station at 3:49 p.m. One pumper truck was dispatched. Entergy Corporation also arrived to cut off power.
Magnolia Reporter

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Western Carroll County Ambulance District approves contract with Eureka Springs Fire Department

Eureka Springs Fire & EMS is here to stay, and there’s a contract to prove it. On Tuesday afternoon, the Western Carroll County Ambulance District Commission approved its contract with ESFD to provide ambulance service for the Western District. ESFD received the bid to provide the service in April, promising to supply two ambulances with crews on a 24-hour basis. Vice chair Sam Ward said the contract will be signed by Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry before June 30, the date the current ambulance contract expires. Also at the meeting, Eureka Springs rural emergency medical responder Michael Fitzpatrick spoke about the minutes from last month’s meeting. Fitzpatrick said the minutes state that responders out of rural Eureka Springs failed to provide cover on 88 out of 98 occasions in 2015 when they were called. This is untrue, Fitzpatrick said.
Lovely County Citizen

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