Fire Department Operations

Firefighting

The Fayetteville Fire Department is responsible to prepare for, respond to, and control all types of fires within the City of Fayetteville. The department coordinates firefighting activities, including suppression, to support local agencies involved in rural and urban firefighting.  The Fayetteville Fire Department  conducts an extensive fire-training program for its employees. Firefighters are given progressive training in the techniques and science of fire control as they advance through their careers. Professional Development and higher education is encouraged for all employees.  Fire fighting requires the most resources and has the greatest potential for loss of life and property

Firefighting

Emergency Medical Services

Fayetteville has a two-tier EMS system—with the Washington County Regional Ambulance Authority (Central EMS) providing transportation to area hospitals. Our fire fighters provide the first tier of emergency response, including scene control and patient assessment, stabilization, and treatment in anticipation of transport.  All of our front-line apparatus provide basic life support to the community.

Our Department has 119 emergency medical technicians and all of our apparatus are equipped with automatic external defibrillators for rapid electrical therapy delivery to those cardiac patients who require it. 

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Hazmat

The Hazmat team is composed of 30 personnel trained to the Technician level and supported by the remainder of the department, who are trained to the Operations level. We are also supported by and train with teams from surrounding departments and the 61st Civil Support Team out of Little Rock.

The team is divided into five groups: Air monitoring/Sampling, Protective Equipment, Communications/Research, Decontamination, and Spill Control. Two specialists are in charge of each group.

We respond not only in Fayetteville, but anywhere in Northwest Arkansas when requested. In addition to emergency mitigation, team members will conduct air monitoring at events where a large number of people are present.

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Technical Rescue (TRT)

Forty-five team members are highly trained in rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, and structural collapse. 

Technical Rescue Team members also receive technician-level training in heavy vehicle/machinery extrication and antenna/tower rescue.

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Swift Water Rescue

Equipped with wetsuits, personal flotation devices, helmets, and specially designed water-rescue devices, the department’s Swift Water Rescue personnel have the ability to perform both land- and water-based rescues to save victims trapped in natural and man-made waterways. The Swift Water Rescue Team members are trained to conduct a search or rescue through a range of techniques, including using two Zodiac boats, swimming out to a victim, walking out to a victim using team members, making a rescue using one of the department's three ladder trucks, or building rope systems to access trapped victims in vehicles or trees. They have the ability to accomplish these rescues any time of the year, regardless of the weather.

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Airport Rescue

Station 8 is located on South School Avenue and houses the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) apparatus. This station is unmanned except for during incoming flights of commercial airlines. Station 6 and Station 3 cover this station when there is any type of aircraft emergency. Everyone assigned to these stations are ARFF Certified.

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Honor Guard

The Fayetteville Fire Department Honor Guard was established in 2002. The mission of the Honor Guard is to exhibit honor, respect, and tradition at funerals and ceremonies. When first formed, it consisted of six members, including two Captains, two Drivers, and two Firefighters. These members provide the posting of colors at funerals for retired and current members of the Fayetteville Fire Department. They have also been invited to perform the ringing of the bell ceremony at funerals of other fire service members of Northwest Arkansas. Currently the Honor Guard is made up of two founding members and six other members.

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