Calling all Arkansas Firefighters... WHATS GOING ON AT YOR DEPT.
Calling all Arkansas Firefighters... WHATS GOING ON AT YOR DEPT.
We have had 9 working fires in three days. One being a large house fire in the old town area of Pine Bluff. With flames showing and all hands working, Engine 32,36,38 and Ladder Co. 33. The fire was worked for 3 1/2 hours. Then a warehouse fire on the west side. Engine 35,38 and 40 and Ladder 33, 34 plus BC31. First Engine reported Flames showing. All companys were released after three hours. All other fires were house fires with flames or heavy smoke showing. After all this PBFD responded to 32 calls in 3 days.
A fast moving wildfire burns at least 3 cars and trucks and damaged 1 home. Redfield firefighters responded with a tanker and brush unit to NCTR road Thursday around noon. First unit onscene requested Hardin F.D. which responded with a Engine, Tanker and Brush. Arkansas Forestry responded with a dozer. Wildfires in Jefferson County are still an every day thing. Some rain last week did not help the slow down the wildfire threat.
A fire this week burned Fire Station #7 in Pine Bluff. Three Engine Companys and Two Ladder Companys and BC. The fire started as Engine Co. 42 was out at a woods fire. The ladder truck that was housed at the station was saved. EASI ambulance responded to the scene and treated one for minor injurys.
Grant county firefighters had there hands full with a MVA on 167 south. First due units found a RV and 18 wheeler on fire. Three other vehicals were also involved in the crash. Rescue and MEMS responder to the call. At least. Three people lost there lives in the crash. And three were transported to local hospitals.
As tones went of yesterday around 330pm, the sky over West Jefferson County was turning Black. First tones were for the Watson Chapel Fire Dept's. The call was for an explosion in the area of Luskwood RD. A second tone out was made for a reported working Business Fire. First due Engine arrived in only 3 min's. They found a old skating ring along with a house well involved. With heavy fire showing Hwy 15 South fire was tones out. About 10 firefighters we onscene with tanker Op's going on at this time. Second due Engine from WCFD layed a supply line over 1300 feet to the first due engine. At this time two attack lines were being used and a two and half attack line. Interior Attack was being made but as water pressure was lost, and firefighters inside pulled out. This may have save firefighters as the roof fell in soon after. Second due engine drafted out of a pond and used one attack line and a two and a half line. First due engine from H15SFD arrived and pumped from the plug to the First due engine. Heavy fire and flames as high as 40ft were seen at the peak of the fire. In all around 30 firefighters along with Red Cross and Jefferson County SO was onscene. The last units cleared around 11pm.
Two days of rain have brought calls Central Arkansas. Alarms going off and MVA's are the main threat from the storms. Already PBFD Engine Co. 32 (Downtown) has had 3 MVA's which rescue was needed. In all there has been around 15 MVA's in Jefferson County with injurys. About 10 more without injurys. There has also been about 20 to 30 Alarms in the county.
The Bryant FD is looking to hire 22 firefighters. App's must be in to the city by May 22, 2006. Starting pay is to be $9.58 an hour. If you have EMT cert. it may be more. It will be 24 on and 48 off shifts. App's can be picked up at 301 S.W. 3RD in Bryant.
Here in Faulkner County, things have been quite. At my Department, Mayflower, we are going to advertise for a full time Chief/Code enforcment position. This will happen when our new Mayor comes into office. Have fun and stay safe.
Pine Bluff was toned out around 1:30pm Monday for a report of a house fire in the area fo 1000 W. 23rd ave. E-32 arrived within min's to find a two story home well involved. Three Engine, two ladders and other support staff were at the fire. Three homes were also damaged.
Thats the only thing I can, woods, grass, and open burning is keeping us busy in Jefferson County. Hardin VFD has responded to 15 fires in 3 days. The Pine Bluff FD, Hwy 15, White Hall and Redfield FDs have been running at least 1 our 2 fires a day for the last week. Temp's are in the 90s to 104F around the area. This hot weather may stay around all summer...
Not much going on in our neck of the woods. We had a get together of the local mililtia and someone forgot to tell Cooter and Skeets it was blue shirt day.
Very dry here in Texarkana... Texarkana FD has had quite few grass and brush fire calls in the past weeks due to the hot dry weather... Miller Co VFD has also had the same with few fire burning close to 100 acres. The county VFD has also had rash of House fire too... Burn ban is in effect until further notice...
I'm from Illinois but was passing through Arkansas following a visit to the folks there. On July 20th on I-55 south of Blytheville was a 2 semi MVA where both semis were toast. Anybody know what happened there?
The Doc is out now.
A fire today at Cabot Jr High brings over 50 firefighters from two countys. The Cabot FD responded and a working fire was soon found as they arrived. Units from Cabot, Jacksonville, Sherwood, Gravel Ridge, East Pulaski County and other FD's responded. The outside temps were well over 100F.
Pine Bluff Fire Department is taking Applications for the 2007 Firefighters list.
More info at www.pineblufffire.com
A house fire around noon in Hwy 15 South FDs first due area brings 4 depts out. The fire was on Brown Cemetary Rd. The first due company reported a 2 story home with heavy smoke showing. Watson Chapel Fire & Rescue was second due on the first alarm. 1545 from Hwy 15 requested aid from Hardin Fire Dept. They responded with manpower. Temps were around 100F, water supply was made buy way of the pool in the back yard. 5 Engines responded as well as 2 tankers. Redcross was also onscene with water for the firefighters. White Hall FD was also onscene with manpower. This was the second working fire for county vol. fire depts. this week. A house fire sunday keep Hardin FD busy for 5 hours.
Well here in Stone co, it has been very quiet. Last good call was 2 months ago when a semi overturned and traped both occupants. 6 am is no time to find a trucker with a missing limb.Allison and Mountain View worked for hour and half to finally getting them out.
On Friday just after shift change, alarm tones went off for Engine-32, 37 Ladder-33, and BC-31. Units responded to the 1000 Blk of west 8th for a working structure fire. First due E-32 arrived to find a large single story structure with heavy smoke showing. Reports were also coming in off 2 people still inside. L-33 FF J.Buchan went in and did a fast search of the home. E-32 FF K. White also came in with the line. FF's found heavy fire in the rear of the home and brought a line to the rear. E-37 laid a line in as they arrived. There crew also went in to search. The first in crew knocked down the fire and finished there search. EASI medics arrived as well as C-30, FM-39 AND 43. The house was clear and EASI medics were released. Units were onscene for 2 hours. On 9-2 the same companies responded to another house fire on west 12th. This fire was also quikly knocked down.
The Watson Chapel VFD in Jefferson County has a new pumper. Its from Deep South Fire Inc. in Mississippi. Its a ALF 1250GPM 1000GAL pumper. This is just one of the new units there dept has. Last year they got 2 new rescue/squads built on dodge 4x4 cabs, with box units, with skid pumps and tanks.
Just a few new trucks in Arkansas.
Gravel Ridge Engine (West of Jacksonville)
Stuttgart Ladder (Arkansas County)
Ward Engine (West of Cabot)
Well today was very intresting here in Central Arkansas. My Department was on standby for support of the Big Dam Bike race. I never knew there were that many bikers around here. They said we had almost 1,000 come thru Mayflower. Next year they expect even more!!
This is the First Round of Fire Act Grants for Arkansas Fire Dept's.
The City of Conway and The City of Rogers are taking app's for there upcoming firefighters test. Tests should be next month.