At the first of the year, residents interested in becoming volunteer firefighters in Yell County were invited to enroll in a firefighting course, ‘Introduction to Firefighting.‘ 

To become a volunteer firefighter in Arkansas, interested candidates must attend training programs that include a Introduction to Fire class, a 4-hour Wildfire class and a 16-hour Protective Equipment class, in order to be certified as a volunteer firefighter.

The ‘Introduction to Firefighting’ course began February 15, 2021 and has continued over the past couple of months. The course was taught by Danville Fire Department’s own certified Arkansas Fire Academy Instructors and was held at the Danville Fire Department.

After successfully completing the 16-hour Introduction to Firefighting course, 10 new firefighters in Yell County received certifications.

The newly certified firefighters will be joining the Danville Fire Department, Dutch Creek Fire Department, Mount Nebo Fire Department, Plainview Fire Department and West Fourche Fire Department.

According to course instructor, Rick Padgett, “Several Yell County Rural Fire Departments are gaining excellent firefighters that are eager to serve their communities and we are extremely proud of each one of them.” Padgett stated that the next course, Personal Protective Equipment, will soon follow.

As additional information is released concerning enrollment and when the Personal Protective Equipment course will begin, River Valley Now will share the details with readers.

Congratulations are offered to these firefighters and thank you for serving our community!