Automatic Aid and Mutual Aid

There is a long standing tradition of mutual support among most fire departments in the United States. In Washington County we have two ways this support can be requested. Mutual Aid is a request that is not automatic and needs to be requested by the asking department. Automatic Aid is just that, automatic. An agreement between the departments is written with requested aid for most types of incidents. When an incident occurs, both (or all departments involved) are alerted without a manual request needed. This…

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Introductory Classes

There are three classes that a person needs to complete to be a volunteer firefighter in Arkansas. Intro to Firefighting – This gives basic knowledge such as organization of departments, fire science(how fires begin and how to extinguish them), basic methods to extinguish fire, and rescue victims. Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) – This gives basic knowledge on the equipment that firefighters wear and the breathing apparatus we use to survive in dangerous environments. Wildland Fires – This class is typically taught by Arkansas Forestry Commission and…

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Wedington Assists Lincoln FD

Wedington FD assisted Lincoln FD with a fire that involved a chicken litter and hay storage building last week.  Hay bale fires are difficult to extinguish.  The fire can burn inside the bale and smolder a long time.  The hay also represents a significant amount of money for the owner. Wedington often assists other fire departments through aid agreements.  These agreements allow departments to assist each other during low staff times and large incidents.  The agreements can be automatic( the departments are automatically sent to…

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Safety day: a success!

Wedington Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank everyone that joined us for Safety Awareness Day.  We had over one hundred safety seekers attend. The Red Cross of Northwest Arkansas brought one of their response vehicles.  Washington County Sheriff’s Office made ID cards for the children and also did a K9 demonstration.  Central EMS brought an ambulance for everyone to explore.  Fayetteville Fire Marshal Office brought their fire safety trailer so we could teach fire safety.  40/29 News Chief Meteorologist Darby Bybee did a weather…

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Safety Awareness Day May 30th 2pm-4pm

Please join us on Saturday May 30th from 2pm – 4pm for Safety Awareness Day at Wedington Station 1. Washington County Sheriff Office will be making ID cards for kids, along with a meteorologist, an ambulance and Air Evac helicopter  will be present.  There will be activities to do and learn about the people that keep you safe.

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May training

We have a trailer that has a maze with multiple levels, stairs, movable walls, simulated wires and rafters.  We use this to practice search and rescue in a structure fire.  We can fog this trailer up to simulate a fire with a fog machine. This is what the firefighters trained on during one of two trainings in May.  They practiced searching for persons and communication with each other.  A structure fire is a loud environment and team member communication is important to practice. [Show thumbnails]

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