AARC&D Rural Fire Protection

ARKANSAS RESOURCE CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

RURAL FIRE PROTECTION PROGRAM 

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Rural Volunteer Fire Departments are one of Arkansas' greatest assets.  Unfortunately, they are generally under-funded, under-equipped, and are in need of rural water supply and delivery systems.

In 1990 the Arkansas Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (AARC&D) recognized this water supply and delivery problem as one which was not being addressed.  At this time they applied for and received a grant to install dry hydrants throughout Arkansas.  About 1100 dry hydrants were installed as a result of this project.  After completion of this project, AARC&D realized, that water supply points alone were not the answer to rural fire protection needs.

Realizing the benefits of improved rural community fire departments, AARC&D went to the State Legislature explaining the importance of rural fire protection and what these improvements could mean to homeowners in the terms of fire safety and reduced insurance premiums.   The Legislature appropriated $2.2 million for the Rural Fire Protection Program (RFPP) pursuant to Act 864 of 1995.  The Governor requested and committed the first funds to developing fire protection plans for each participating fire department.  The criteria stipulated that the participating departments have an Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating of 7, 8, 9, or 10.  The County Judge's Association voted to support the program.

The purpose of the program is to improve the fire departments ability to protect life and property by improving overall efficiency, training and utilization of equipment.

There are three areas of emphasis; County Master Fire Plans, Implementation Grants, and Training and Education Seminars.

A statewide cost analysis has been prepared to document the long-term funding needs for Arkansas' rural fire departments.  This analysis also shows the economic benefits realized from improved ISO ratings.

Funding for this program is provided by the State of Arkansas through the Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission with assistance from local Conservation districts and USDA-NRCS.

Contact Rural Fire Protection Program

RC&DC
2058 Highway 95
Solgohachia, AR 72156
Phone 501-354-7900
Email: charles@rcdar.org

Or contact your local RC&D office


 

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Assistance is available without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, handicap, marital status or national origin.

Arkansas Association of Resource Conservation
and Development Councils, Inc.
2058 Highway 95 Solgohachia, AR 72156
501-354-7900

Last Date Modified 7/17/201818