Fighting fires is only part of what our Fire Department does to serve residents. In addition to loss prevention, firefighters also conduct fire inspections, safety classes, and car seat installations. The Fire Department currently has 9 full-time firefighters that work on a regular 24 on 48 off schedule, 15 paid volunteers and a full-time Fire Chief. Out of this manpower, we have divided our men into three companies that respond to rescue incidents all over Clark County. Our rescues include auto extrication and river rescues.
There are also regular meetings for full-time and volunteer firemen held on the first and third Monday nights of each month. Meetings start at 6:30 and last until 8:30.
ISO Rating – The City of Arkadelphia currently has an ISO rating of 4. The rating given by ISO is determined by manpower, equipment, communication, and water supply.
Keep the wreath red
The holidays are a special time in Arkadelphia. People across the city pull out their best and biggest holiday decorations, in hopes of spreading holiday cheer. At Fire State 1, a wreath holds a very important meaning.
If there is a fire in town relating to holiday decorations, a red bulb is replaced with a white bulb, indicating a holiday-related fire in town. It is the goal of the Arkadelphia Fire Department to keep all the bulbs red every year.
- Cut one-quarter inch or more of the base of the trunk if the Christmas tree has been harvested over 4 hours. This fresh cut will encourage the free flow of water into the tree to preserve freshness.
- Water, water, water; and don’t let the water ever go below the fresh cut base. This will cause the base to seal and the tree to stop absorbing water.
- Display your Christmas tree in a cool place but out of a draft. Fireplaces can dry your tree prematurely.
- Water, water, water. Christmas trees are very thirsty and will use up to a gallon of water each day. Check the stand each day for water. When your tree stops drinking water—it’s time to remove it or discontinue lighting it.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for connecting multiple strings. The general limit is three strings. Light strings with stacked plugs can usually accommodate greater lengths than end-to-end connections.
- Replace burned-out bulbs promptly. Empty sockets can cause the entire string to overheat.
- Make sure that the lights and extension cords you are stringing outside are rated for exterior use. Exterior lights, unlike those used inside the house, need to be weather resistant. The same goes for any extension cords used outdoors.
- Don’t use outdoor lights indoors. They’re too hot for interior use. For the coolest bulbs and greatest energy efficiency, try LED lights, which come in a wide range of styles and colors.
- Don’t attach light strings with nails or staples. They can cut through the wire insulation and create a fire hazard. Only use UL-approved hangers.
- Take exterior lights down within 90 days. The longer they stay up, the more likely they are to suffer damage from weather and critters chewing on them.
- Store lights safely. Tangled lights can lead to damaged cords and broken sockets. After the holidays, coil each string loosely around a stiff piece of cardboard, wrap it in paper or fabric to protect the bulbs and store in a sturdy container until next year.
- Do not run cords underneath carpeting or throw rugs.
- Always turn off interior holiday lights when leaving or going to sleep. Never leave unattended.
Reduce the risk for wildfires: Home safety tips
- Keep your roof-lines, gutters, decks, porches patios and fence lines clear from pine needles dead leaves or anything else that is flammable to prevent falling embers from spreading fire to your property.
- Check smoke alarms to make sure that they are operating well, and that the batteries are functional.
- Store furniture, mats and potted plants away to prevent fire from further spreading.
- Screen and/or seal off any openings into your house, such as vents and exterior attics.
- Replace any missing shingles or roof tiles, and cover ends of tiles with bird stops or cement to help prevent ember penetration during a wild fire.
- Mulch and leaves can ignite when wind blows burning embers to your yard. Consider raking mulch and other flammable substances 5 feet away from your porches, patios and fences.
- Keep any shrubbery or tree branches trimmed away from your home and within 6-10 feet from the ground to prevent any fire spreading.
- Stay aware of what could serve as a fuel source for a wild fire such as lumber, piles of branches, and vehicles, and try to keep them 30 feet from your home.
- Contact the Building Department located in Arkadelphia Town Hall on the first floor at 700 Clay Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71923, or call (870)246-1818, to see if your home is in a high-risk area of wildfires, or if there are specific ordinances that you should follow.
- If you part of a homeowner’s association work with them to identify regulations regarding landscaping, home design and building materials to better prepare your property from fire damage.
- Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained.
- Learn more about evacuation plans, response time and how to better prepare yourself by speaking with the City of Arkadelphia Fire Department.
- Learn about wildfire risk reduction efforts by contacting the Clark County Office of Emergency Management at (870)246-0013 or visit with them at 406 S 5th Street, Arkadelphia, AR 71923.
- Develop an Emergency Supply Kit and store it in a safe location.
- Create an emergency evacuation plan and practice it with everyone in your home.
- Plan two ways out of your neighborhood and designate a meeting place.
- Learn more about emergency preparedness planning on NFPA’s emergency planning webpage.