Just thought I'd share our good news. As little as three years ago, we were the red-headed step-shild division of a Department of Public Safety with one engineer per shift plus a relief guy. Today, we have 12 firefighters staffing an engine company in our very own fire department. Things are looking up.
City creates fire, police departments
Maumelle abolishes Department of Public Safety
Maumelle is home to Arkansas's newest fire department.
Tuesday night, the Maumelle City Council passed Ordinance 540 with each of the six council members present voting for the measure. The ordinance officially abolishes the Department of Public Safety and the position of Public Safety Director. In its place, it creates separate fire and police departments, each with their own chief.
Following passage of the ordinance, the council also passed an emergency clause stating "there is an immediate need to go forward with this division in order that the necessary municipal services may be provided the citizens of Maumelle." The emergency clause allowed the ordinance to go into effect immediately.
Maumelle utilized a Department of Public Safety to provide fire, EMS and law enforcement services since before its incorporation as a city in 1985. Until recently, the department maintained a small staff in the fire division while relying heavily on public safety officers -- police officers cross-trained as firefighters -- for fire suppression and EMS duties.
Earlier this year, Maumelle residents passed the city's first-ever sales tax. Revenue from the tax allowed the fire division to expand to 12 career firefighters -- three times as many personnel than were employed just three years ago.
The new Maumelle Fire Department operates from one station with a fire chief, 12 career firefighters and 19 volunteer firefighters. To meet the needs of the city, which is adding an estimated 1,000 citizens a year, the department plans to add an additional 12 career firefighters and construct two new stations in the next six years.
For more information about the Maumelle Fire Department, visit us on the web at MaumelleFire.Com.
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Thread: The NEWEST Fire Dept.
12-21-2004, 10:31 AM #1
The NEWEST Fire Dept.
12-21-2004, 10:44 AM #2
Congratulations!"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
12-21-2004, 10:57 AM #3
congrads on your new department!!!!If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!
12-21-2004, 01:35 PM #4
a ship in a harbor is safe. . . but that's not what ships are for
12-21-2004, 01:41 PM #5
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Have a safe Happy Holiday!!!
12-21-2004, 01:42 PM #6
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- Westlake, Ohio
How cool! Congratulations!
12-21-2004, 03:04 PM #7
Coz, it looks like your town is really growing. Are you getting a lot of transplanted yankees down there.IAFF-IACOJ PROUD
12-21-2004, 08:07 PM #8Originally posted by MIKEYLIKESIT
Coz, it looks like your town is really growing. Are you getting a lot of transplanted yankees down there.
12-21-2004, 08:11 PM #9
A bit of video
Here's a link to the story from one of the local stations...
Click on the "THVideo" button to see some footage of our A Shift checking trucks for the camera and heading out on a run. My shift picked up the last official run for the DPS Fire-Rescue last night on an assault. No cameras there for that. Heh. But here comes A Shift on duty this morning... and here come the TV cameras... and all the glory.
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