The Forrest City Fire Department is a combination department and operates from 2 fire stations. Station 1 is located in the center of the city of Forrest City, at 300 East Garland and station 2 is in the north-west part of the city, at 1595 Dawson Rd. The Department is equipped with 4 - Type 1 Fire Engines with extrication, 1 - Type 1 Aerial Ladder Truck, 1 - Type 1 Water Tender, 1 - Type IV Brush Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Operations unit, 2 Water Rescue Boats and 1 All-Terrain vehicle. The Department is very active and provides services for fire suppression, heavy and light vehicle extrication, first responder medical, arson investigations, a hazardous materials operations team with haz mat technicians, wild land fire suppression, fire prevention, education and safety to the public. All career FCFD firefighters are IFSAC-accredited FFII, medical first responders, Haz Mat Operations level, and many are certified Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics and Haz Mat Technician level. All personnel are members of the Arkansas State Firefighter's Association and the Chief Officers are members of the Arkansas Association of Fire Chiefs.
The Forrest City Fire Department has an Public Protection Classification/ISO class 3 rating. The Department has averaged 1300 incidents per year recently. Forrest City Fire Department has mutual aid agreements with all 8 volunteer fire departments and several other emergency agencies in St. Francis County, which is 685 square miles. The Forrest City Fire Department's first response area has approximately 22,000 residents and around 7,000 structures including the Federal Correctional Institution-Forrest City, 30 miles of Interstate 40, which has been recognized as the busiest section of interstate in the United States, several manufacturing and warehousing complexes, and numerous hazardous materials storage facilities. It has been documented that approximately 40,000 vehicles pass through Forrest City on I-40 each day. And our fire district protects active railroads running east and west and north and south through our district and multiple large diameter natural gas and propane transmission pipelines that are buried through our district. Also in our rural response area is Crowley's Ridge, a naturally formed section of hills and valleys that run through the Delta area, several pine tree plantations, peach tree orchards, acres of farm and crop land and wide-spread forestry and vegetation acres that have residential, farm shop and other structures constructed throughout.
Fire Emergency Only - 911
Non-Emergency Calls - 870-633-2414
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The mission of the Forrest City Fire Department is to serve and protect the citizens of our community with selfless dedication.
It is the vision of the Forrest City Fire Department to achieve and maintain an excellent level of readiness for the safety and protection of our citizens.
Fire Department Staff
The Forrest City Fire Department is made up of 21 full-time and 7 part-paid firefighters. The firefighters work a three shift system, meaning they work 24 hours and are off-duty for 48 hours.
3 Captains, one per shift
The Shift Captain is responsible for daily operations and training of their respective companies, including direct supervison of their Lieutenant and firefighters. The Captain is assigned to Station 1.
3 Lieutenants, one per shift
The Shift Lieutenant is assigned to Station 2 and responsible for the leadership, daily operations and shift training of firefighters at Station 2.
13 Firefighters, four on 2 shifts, five on 1 shift
The Firefighter is responsible for fire suppression, extrication, apparatus operations, fire prevention and maintenance of departmental apparatus and equipment.
The Part-Paid Firefighter are on call 24/7/365 and responsible for reporting to alarm activations, scheduled drills and training. Part-Paid Firefighters will function in the same roles as Firefighters, when activated.
The Department is established with the following positions:
Firefighter/Fire Prevention Officer