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Rural Fire Protection Program

The Rural Fire Protection (RFP) office was established by Arkansas Act 36 of 1979 to aid communities and fire departments with establishment, development and operation of fire protection districts. Today that includes assisting with organization, training, and equipment needs. Communities need prepared, well-equipped departments to better protect lives, property, and the environment. There are currently over 700 firefighting vehicles issued across the state from the RFP office with an original acquisition cost of $7.9million in property issued annually.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 10 Greenbrier, AR 72058

Physical Address: #20 Industrial Blvd. Greenbrier, AR

Main Phone: (501)679-3581 Fax: (501)679-3500

Hours: Monday – Friday 8am-4:30pm (excluding state holidays)

RFP Administrator: Kathryn Mahan-Hooten (501) 679-3183

Email: kathryn.mahan@agriculture.arkansas.gov

RFP Coordinator: Olivia Standridge (501)679-3186

Email: olivia.standridge@agriculture.arkansas.gov

RFP Shop Supervisor: Adam Bartelt (501)679-4377

Email: adam.bartelt@agriculture.arkansas.gov

RFP Instructor: Bill James (501)679-4374

Email: william.james@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Eligibility

Before participating in any program within the Rural Fire Protection office a fire department must be legally organized and have a current Cooperative Agreement signed by the Fire Chief on file. Written authorization must also be on file for any additional personnel to receive equipment on behalf of a fire department.

Information on how to organize a fire department is available here:

*This document is currently being updated. If you need assistance, please contact our office. 

Rural Fire Show

The 2020 Rural Fire Show is set for Saturday October 3rd at the Conway Expo Center – 2505 East Oak St. Conway, AR. Doors open from 9am-2pm for fire departments. There will be a training opportunity, lunch, door prizes, and vendors. Admission is free for all Arkansas firefighters and their families. Additional information will be posted soon, including vendor packets.

Interest Free Loan

Fire departments in which at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the firefighters are volunteer, and which serves a community of 10,000 population or less may apply for an interest free loan.

  • Only one loan is allowed at a time
  • Loans may be for up to $15,000 (after down payment)
  • A down payment of twenty-five percent (25%) is required.
  • Loans may be requested to purchase firefighting equipment or vehicles only.

 For additional information on loans please see the following:

Contract Sales

Fire departments may also purchase certain firefighting equipment from the RFP office. Items typically available include slip-in skid units, pump and engine, lights, sirens, anode rods, etc.

The below information was last updated 4/22/2020. For up-to-date information and to reserve a unit please contact our office.

Pump/Engine: $3,200.00

Kohler CH640 20 hp engine, electric start with recoil start backup.

Max Discharge Volume: 265 GPM at 50 PSI       Max Discharge Pressure: 200 PSI at 60 GPM

Center of performance curve: 190 GPM at 100 PSI and 140 GPM at 150 PSI

One 1 ½” discharge (male)      One 2 ½” inlet (female)

Slip-in Skid Unit (water only): $11,000.00

Includes pump/engine described above. 250-gallon polypropylene tank with 2” sight gauge, electric rewind hose reel, 1”x150’ rubber hose w/ 300 PSI.

Dimensions: 130” length x 48” width x 48 11/16” height

Slip-in Foam Skid Unit: $11,900.00

Includes above described water skid unit. 10 Gallon integrated foam cell installed directly into the tank and an around the pump foam proportioning system.

Performance range at 100 PSI for foam system:

400 GPM at .25%      200 GPM at .50%      100 GPM at 1.0%

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Wildland Suppression Kits

Fire departments that serve a population of less than 10,000 and 75% of the firefighters are volunteer may apply for Wildland Suppression Kits. The kits are provided as part of the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant from the U.S. Forest Service. Availability of the grant and the application period varies and will be posted to this website when the application is open.

The 2019 grant included: 10 pairs of wildland coveralls, 10 pair of wildland gloves, 2 back-pack leaf blowers, 2 collapsible back-pack pumps, and 6 rakes. Valued at $3,000 per kit.

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Training

The Basic Wildland Fire Suppression course is offered to all fire departments. This course is a requirement in Arkansas to become a Firefighter I.

To view upcoming classes please click here.

To schedule a class please call the RFP Instructor Bill James at (501) 679-3581.

Firefighter Property Program (FFP)

Fire departments may request federal excess property through the RFP office. FFP equipment is available for fire protection and emergency response only. The department is required to place the equipment in-service within six months of receipt and keep in-service for one year. Once all requirements have been met title to FFP property will pass to the fire department. To view a full list of requirements please refer to the Cooperative Agreement. FFP is provided in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Defense.

Fire departments may also ‘shop’ small FFP items that are available in the warehouse during normal business hours. Departments that are further away may call to inquire about warehouse inventory.

Federal Excess Personal Property Program (FEPP)

Fire departments may request federal excess property through the RFP office. FEPP equipment is available for fire protection only. The department is required to place the equipment in-service within six months of receipt and maintain it in operable condition for the entirety of its possession. Title or ownership of FEPP does not pass to the fire department. Once the equipment can no longer be used the fire department is required to return it to the RFP office. FEPP is provided in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.

 All FEPP and FFP equipment still under restriction is subject to inventory when requested.

RFP Shop

At the request of the fire department, the RFP shop can service, repair, and re-furbish FFP and FEPP equipment upon initial allocation. A portion of this service is provided in cooperation with the Arkansas Correctional Industries. While RFP does not charge for labor, all expenses incurred are the responsibility of the fire department. All services are subject to availability.