Firefighting

WHEN THE FIRE IS IN YOUR FIRE STATION

Issue 11 and Volume 150.

WHEN THE FIRE IS IN YOUR FIRE STATION December 15, 1996, was the worst day in the history of the Oppelo (AR) Volunteer Fire Department. At 3:14 a.m., the dispatcher announced the following: “Attention, all Oppelo Fire Department personnel: Your station is on fire. Repeat. Your station is on fire.” THE INCIDENT A deputy sheriff, who is also a volunteer in the Morrilton Fire Department (MFD), was in his car in Oppelo when he heard an explosion over the sounds of his running car motor and radio. When he looked in the direction of the explosion, he saw that the office area of the Morrilton City Hall was fully involved. He radioed Dispatch, asking that the Oppelo and Morrilton fire departments be paged. As my son Travis, a firefighter/EMT, and I prepared to respond to the tones, we were stunned by the dispatcher`s announcement that our own City Hall and…

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