Two LRC fire departments receive Firewise USA participation grants

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Updated: July 6, 2018

Special to the Little River News

Arden and Oak Hill firefighters have worked to complete a large-scale wildfire prevention effort across their fire district with the Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) and Firewise USA. As part of recognition requirements, Arden crew members completed wildfire safety assessment surveys on structures in their fire district and developed a Community Wildfire Preparedness Plan, which outlines wildfire mitigation projects and concerns in the next three-year window (residents may request a copy). Completing these assessments earned Arden Fire Department a $1,000 grant from the AFC. Oak Hill, having completed all requirements to become a nationally recognized Firewise USA community, became eligible to receive a $2,500 mitigation tool grant. This grant was used to purchase tools designed to further the department’s wildfire prevention efforts.

Receiving the Firewise grant check from AFC Forest Ranger Micheal Pennington (not pictured) is Arden’s Johnny Brown, Chief Richard Bowman and Justin Cooper.

AFC County Ranger Todd Gore presents Oak Hill VFD with their second Firewise grant check. There to receive the grant on behalf of Oak Hill VFD is Mark Ardwin, Jim Pearson, Micah Crow and Fire Chief Bryant Davis.