Arkansas News

Monday, August 21, 2017

Little Rock Fire Department’s 20-Year-Old Alert System to be replaced

The Little Rock Fire Department will soon have a new state of the art alert system that could decrease response times and in turn, save lives. We learned from LRFD the current alert system is 20-years-old. We found in the city board of director's agenda document from earlier this month these phrases to describe the current alert system: "reaching end-of-life," "must be replaced," and "imperative it be upgraded." A fire call was dispatched to the central Little Rock fire station near W. 7th Street and S. Chester Street while our crew was there Friday. Firefighter Jonathon Nunley said, "Just in time."
Fox 16

Russellville and Pottsville Fire Departments respond to commercial structure fire at ConAgra

No damage to structure. Plant resumes normal operation, with the exception of incident area which will temporarily shut down until defective valve is replaced/repaired. Scene turned over to ConAgra. All RFD unit back in service. At approximately 8:31 p.m., Russellville Fire Department units E1, E3, E4, L1 and Pottsville Fire Department under the command of Battalion Chief Kurt McBryde, along with the Fire Marshal's office, responded to 3100 East Main Street, ConAgra Foods, on a commercial structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters confirmed light smoke coming from the RMO process area.
River Valley Leader

National Heroes help Little Rock salute local heroes

National heroes helped give a salute to Little Rock's local heroes. More than a hundred first responders took a break from the violent crime rattling Little Rock Saturday evening. A free concert from a band made up American heroes, navy sailors, performed at the River Market in Little Rock Saturday night. We learned it was their second to last stop on their national tour. When Gretchen Hall, president and CEO of the city's convention and visitor's bureau got the call about the concert she said she and others decided it was a great time to thank local first responders. The U.S. Navy Cruisers had their sound check before the concert, while firefighters, EMTs and officers learned what it is like to be on the other side of "serving."
Fox 16

Highway 351 crash near Craighead/Greene County line leaves driver injured

Emergency crews responded to a crash on Highway 351 near the Craighead/Greene County line Sunday night. One person was reported to be entrapped in a vehicle with the possibility that it might catch on fire. At the scene, a Region 8 News Reporter spoke with Brookland Assistant Fire Chief, Wayne Reece, who said the driver ran off the road and hit a tree head on. Crews were able to remove the female driver. A medical helicopter arrived and transported the driver to a local hospital. The driver's name and her condition has not been released yet. Arkansas State Police is investigating the crash.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Washington County EMS seeks to buy Fayetteville property

The Washington County ambulance service will offer to buy property from Fayetteville for a station, Chief Becky Stewart said Thursday. Central EMS could stop leasing its station on Crossover Road near Wyman Road for $700 a month and move up the street. The move would provide long-term stability and property ownership, said Steve Harrison, deputy chief for Central EMS. "It's an investment," Harrison said. The City Council decided Tuesday to sell the Fire Prevention Bureau at 833 N. Crossover Road. On Wednesday, the ambulance authority's executive committee decided to offer $162,000, or what the property appraised for in June.
NWAOnline - Northwest Arkansas News

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