Hard at work. WPFD had a crew mixing it up on a mountain top with about 100 bags of concrete today. We set the foundation and base section of a new radio repeater that will serve our western part of our fire district. In the future we expect better communications for our crews working south of Lake Maumelle to the north side of Lake Norrell and toward the central part of our district near downtown Ferndale. We are glad it was a safe day and no one got hurt or slid down the steep mountain, luckily. Thank you to all of our guys that made it out to get this long needed project coming out of the ground and going skyward.
Even firefighters have emergencies. WPFD had an unplanned emergency on Feb 21st when one of our primary fire vehicles caught itself on fire after leaving a shop for maintenance. We won’t go into the particulars right now but it can be said that NO ONE was injured and Brush Truck 4 was likely damaged beyond repair. Fire can be unforgiving.
This vehicle, based at Station #4, serves our Wye Mountain / Little Italy area and supports others in our district and neighboring departments for mutual aid. We are making plans for immediate and long-term replacement of this primary fire apparatus that is mostly used for grass/woods fires and secondary rescue or off-road support.
We expect insurance will cover the majority of costs to replace the 2008 Ford F-350 4×4 Heavy Duty chassis. We are already working to strip of the salvageable equipment like the fire-rated pump motor, water tank, hose, reel, and equipment. Realistically, we also lost emergency lighting, communication equipment and more that might not be fully covered with the cost of a comparable chassis and work bed.
Don’t worry. We are working hard to get a good quality truck chassis to rebuild from the ashes of our old truck. When the dust (or smoke) settles we may be able to get an even better truck to serve this area. If you would like to help in our rebuilding processes for constructing our replacement truck with a donation, please contact our business office at 501-821-9320 or email us at email@example.com to let us know how you might like to help. We hope to get things planned soon and start the construction of a replacement truck, work bed, and all the things that go into making a quality fire service vehicle for our Station 4 area.
Please don’t play with fire. So many folks are just burning leaves or trying to clean up their property with matches (or flamethrowers) that we and several other fire departments in our area have been hopping from fire to fire. No honeydo’s on our lists got done today as we responded to Saline and Pulaski county grass, and woods fires that escaped control.
Thanks to Lake Norrell FD and Crystal FD for the help on Congo Ferndale/West Colonel Glenn calls. Really glad to have Arkansas Forestry too for two calls today.