The mission of the Forrest City Fire Department is to protect lives
and property from the adverse effects of fire, medical emergencies and
exposure to dangerous conditions created either by nature or man. We
will respond to emergencies in a professional and courteous manner and
strive to reduce the rate of emergencies through public education and
code enforcement. Ethical values will remain the core of every decision
made by each member of our Department.
The Forrest City Fire Department is a combination department made up
of 21 full-time and 7 part-paid firefighters. The firefighters work
a three-platoon system, meaning they work 24 hours and are off-duty
for 48 hours. The Department is established with the following positions:
Fire Chief Johnny Ruffin
Johnny Ruffin has been with the Department since 1983. Under Chief
Ruffin's leadership, the Department has lowered its ISO rating and
added a new Custom Cab pumper.
Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Anthony Renigar
Anthony Renigar has been with the Department since 1986. Anthony serves
as Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal and is responsible for enforcement
of State Fire Codes,local fire-related ordinances and determining
the origin and cause of fires.
Code Enforcement Officer Kenny Fletcher
Kenny Fletcher has been with the Department since 2007, although he
has been in the fire service for 23 years. Kenny is responsible for
enforcement of all State and local building codes and ordinances.
Training Officer Greg Gray
Greg Gray has been with the Department since 1989. Greg is responsible
for maintaining the training program for the Department. Greg holds
the rank of Captain.
Fire Prevention Officer Shane Dallas
Shane Dallas has been with the Department since 2006. Shane is responsible
for maintaining the public education and fire safety program for the
citizens of Forrest City. Shane holds the rank of Firefighter.
3 Captains, one per platoon/shift
The Shift Captain is responsible for daily operations of their respective
company, including direct supervison of their Lieutenant and firefighters.
3 Lieutenants, one per platoon/shift
The Shift Lieutenant is responsible for assisting the Captain in daily
operations and shift training.
12 Firefighters, four per platoon/shift
The Firefighter is responsible for fire suppression, extrication,
fire prevention and maintaining Departmental apparatus and equipment.
The Part-Paid Firefighter is responsible for all activities of a paid
firefighter, when activated.
And the Department has 4 licensed plumbing inspectors and 3 licensed
The Forrest City Fire Department is housed in 1 station located in
the center of the city of Forrest City and with the following apparatus:
3 Class “A” Pumpers, 1 85ft Aerial Platform/Quint with 1500
gpm pump, 2 Light Rescue with extrication equipment, 1 Class "A"
Pumper/Tanker with 2000 gallon tank and 750 gpm pump, 1 Hazardous Materials
Technician unit, 1 Mobile Cascade Air unit system, 1 Water Rescue Boat
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
technician team for our region of Arkansas, wild land fire suppression,
fire prevention, education and safety to the public. All FCFD firefighters
are hazardous materials-technician level, medical first responders and
some are certified Emergency Medical Technicians. 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 4 rating. The Department has averaged 1200 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, 48 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 and most without any useable type of fire protection