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Osceola Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04.03.2020
Osceola, Ark.


A letter from the Chief:

As of April 1, 2020, I started my new position as Fire Chief for the City of Osceola. I am very humbled and thankful for the opportunity to lead this great department in its future endeavors. None of this would be possible without the help and support of all the members of the OFD. We have a very talented and close-knit group of hardworking firefighters, who I believe can accomplish any task thrown their way.

PeterHillAs with any new transition, other promotions are also made.

I would like to recognize the following firefighters:

Jason Garey has been promoted to Asst. Chief. I am looking forward to working alongside Jason on all fire department matters, including his diligent work on acquiring grants for the city and the OFD. Jason will run the "C" shift.

Ray Williams, our longest-serving firefighter, is Captain of the "B" shift. Ray will also be our " go-to guy" for all administrative functions of the OFD.

Bud Gore has moved up the Captain of the "A" shift and has also taken over the duties as the Training Officer. Bud has really excelled at building and promoting our Rope and Technical Rescue capabilities here at the OFD.

To all the other officers, drivers, and firefighters with the OFD, I thank you again for all your hard work and support and look forward to accomplishing all our goals. Our mission together should be to make all those who came before us proud of how their department is progressing, and continue t strive to provide the best services possible to the citizens of this great City.

Thank you,

Peter Hill

It's up to all of us to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone, including young and healthy people, should avoid large gatherings during this time. Stay up-to-date with public health guidelines from cdc.gov.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

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On Monday, November 4th, The Osceola Fire Department took delivery of a state of the art 2019 Pierce pumper truck dubbed simply as #11. DSC0006 1

This new piece of equipment with a price tag of roughly $554,000.00 arrives at a time when budget concerns are foremost on everyone's mind. Chief Phillip Fleming noted that proceeds from the Annual OFD Golf Tournament, a service contract with Plum Point and various grant awards have cut the cost by nearly half with additional funding opportunities being researched. This major equipment purchase will have little to no impact on municipal finances. 

Engine #11 will replace an aging 1966 model pumper that has become cost-prohibitive to maintain. Some of the more recent repairs to the older model resulted in parts being specially manufactured.

Key features include:

  • 1500 gallon water capacity (compared to 350 gallons)
  • 65 Gallon fuel tank
  • 450 HP Cummins L9 Diesel Engine
  • 30 gallon "Class A" foam system
  • Cab seating for six firefighters
  • Interior and exterior LED lighting

 

 

 

Jimbo KennemoreJimbo Kennemore was the winner of the drawing for $750 toward the purchase of a firearm from Trade World Pawn Shop. Asst. Chief Peter Hill presenting Jimbo with his prize.

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The Osceola Fire Department is currently providing services to our community with a roster consisting of a full-time Fire Chief, fifteen (15) firefighters, and five (5) part-paid firefighters. The fire department provides all the fire and rescue services to our community and approximately 30 square miles of Mississippi County including 40 miles of I-55.

The Department currently operates out of two (2) fire stations. The main station is located at 200 N. Carthon Drive and Station #2 is located at 702 S. Ermen Lane. The Department operates a fleet consisting of two (1) ladder truck, five (5) pumpers, one (1) Mini-pumper/Rescue Truck and two (2) support vehicles.

It is the goal of the Osceola Fire Department to provide the best protection, education, inspection, and investigation to reduce the loss of life and property in our community.

ISO Rating: Class 3

The Osceola Fire Department was established by municipal ordinance in 1912.

Facebook: Osceola Fire Department                 Phone: (870) 563-2022

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