Rural Fire Protection Program

Since 1979 when the Rural Fire Protection Program of the Arkansas Forestry Commission was established, the number of departments has increased from 300 to over 1000. The Arkansas Forestry Commission has more than 1,800 Federal Excess vehicles on loan to fire departments across the State. Last year, over 9 million dollars worth of Federal Excess Property was made available to Arkansas fire departments through the Rural Fire program. The AFC also loaned more than $600,000, interest free, for the purchase of fire equipment through the revolving loan program.

By using grants and equipment from the AFC and other sources, most communities have reduced their insurance at least one rating. This means a 22-30 percent savings on their homeowner's insurance. Many counties have brought their entire county under fire protection and have reduced insurance ratings further. The AFC owes a great debt of gratitude to Fire Departments and Volunteer Firemen who freely give of their time, talents, and money to help protect the lives and property of their fellow citizens.

For additional information, contact Kathryn Mahan-Hooten at (501) 679-3183 or

RFP Forms

Fire Department Resources

Rural Fire Program Loans

The Arkansas Forestry Commission interest-free loan procedures are:

  1. Only one loan will be allowed at a time. 
  2. A 25% down payment is required.
  3. Payments will be made quarterly.
  4. Terms for pay offs will be as follows: 
    • Loans from $0 - 4,999......1 year
    • Loans from $5,000 - 9,999 ...... 2 years
    • Loans from $10,000 - 15,000 ......3 years
  5. Those who have existing loans with the AFC will not be able to apply for another loan until one year after their old loan is paid off.

For additional information, contact Kathryn Mahan-Hooten at (501) 679-3183 or

Rural Fire Show

Thank you to the attendees, partners, sponsors, and donors of our 2017 Rural Fire Show. The Arkansas Forestry Commission Rural Fire Program provided $94,566 in equipment to firefighters at the annual Rural Fire Show event on October 27. A crowd of 558 attended, with firefighters from 141 departments from across Arkansas. Included among the 41 items given away to attending fire departments were monitors, nozzles, spine boards, boots, spill kits, siren boxes, and much more.