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How many fire stations does the Bryant Fire Department have?

We operate out of 3 fire stations. Headquarters (Station 1) is located at 312 Roya Ln. This is also where the Administrative offices for the Department are located. Station 2 is located at 1601 So. Reynolds Rd, and Station 3 is located at 2620 Northlake Rd.

How many firefighters does the Bryant Fire Department have?

We operate with a total of 50 personnel. 1- Fire Chief, 1-Asst. Fire Chief, 3-Battalion Chiefs, 1 Fire Marshal, 9-Captains, 1-Training Captain, 15 Driver/Engineers, 15-Firefighters, and 1- Executive Administrative Asst.

What is Bryant’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating?

This area was given a Class 1/9 by the ISO. According to ISO, if an address is within 5 road miles AND within 1,000 feet of a recognized fire hydrant, the address will be a Class 1. If BOTH of these conditions are not met, the address will be a Class 9.

What is the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating for the Springhill Fire Protection District which is also serviced by the Bryant Fire Department?

This area was given a Class 2/9 by the ISO. According to ISO, if a an address is within 5 road miles AND within 1,000 feet of a recognized fire hydrant, the address will be a Class 2. If BOTH of these conditions are not met, the address will be a Class 9.

Is open burning allowed in the City of Bryant?

Open burning is allowed provided that the guidelines are followed in Ordinance 2022-29. Please contact the Fire Department if you have any questions at 501-943-0943.

Why does a fire truck come when you call for an ambulance?

Because firefighters can and do get there first most of the time, and time is critical in a medical emergency. Every Bryant fire fighter is cross-trained in Emergency Medical Services. What does that mean to you, a citizen phoning 911? Simply read on...

In the early days, fire stations were strategically located so the crews could quickly get to burning buildings. Obviously, time is an important aspect of firefighting, because flames can rapidly spread through a building. The ability to quickly respond to a fire provides more time to rescue people inside, and save property by suppressing the blaze in the early stages. It soon became apparent that the firefighter's ability to "get there fast" could be used for other types of emergency response, such as heart attacks, strokes and trauma.

Four minutes is a critical time frame for someone who has experienced a heart attack, injury, or other illness that makes them stop breathing. The heart and brain have a better chance of full recovery they receive oxygen in four minutes or less. After that, a person can suffer brain damage or worse. Our firefighters can use life saving techniques including defibrillation to help prevent death or permanent injury. These life saving techniques are much more effective if they can get to a patient within the first four minutes.

When you dial 911 for a medical emergency, expect a fire truck. The expertise that they bring is truly lifesaving.

Why does the Fire Department bring the fire engine just for a simple inspection?

Two reasons: First, these inspections are conducted by on-duty companies that must be ready to respond to an emergency call from the field. Second, an important part of the value of the public safety inspection is to familiarize your local firefighters with the buildings and business in Bryant. While they check for hazards and consult with business owners on how best to eliminate or minimize the likelihood of a fire, they also familiarize themselves with access points and the layout of the facility.

Why do firefighters break out windows and cut holes in roof during a fire?

Firefighters ventilate super-heated, poisonous, or explosive gases and smoke for safety and visibility. This allows firefighters to get inside the building to find and extinguish the fire, thereby reducing property damage. This also reduces the chance of a possible dangerous explosion.

Why do you block traffic lanes at auto accidents, sometimes more lanes than necessary?

We block traffic lanes for the safety of our personnel and our patients. Blocking extra lanes keep our personnel safe when they go back to our apparatus to get more equipment and help protect the victim we are trying to stabilize.

Why am I not supposed to drive over a fire hose?

Firefighters are very concerned about running over fire hoses because the hose can be damaged and any firefighter at the end of a nozzle will have the water interrupted and possibly cause injuries or death. Any hose that is driven over without protection has to be taken out of service and tested.

Why do I need to keep weeds and bushes away from fire hydrants on my property?

Weeds and bushes should be kept three feet from fire hydrants for visibility and accessibility.

Who do I call to report a broken hydrant?

Call the City's Water Distribution Department at (501) 943-0469.

Can you get my cat out of a tree?

The Fire Department assists Animal Control, if requested. The telephone number is (501) 943-0943 (#4).

What other responsibilities do firefighters have other than fighting fires?

Fire calls represent only about fifteen percent of the call volume in Bryant. The number of residential and commercial fires has steadily decreased over the years due to a variety of factors including improvements in construction, a greater public awareness of the risk factors leading to fires and a significant reduction in smoking nationwide. Fires, however, are only some of the emergencies to which the Fire Department responds. Nearly eighty percent of the Fire Department's emergency responses are, in fact, calls for medical aid, including illness/accidents at home and work, and injuries resulting from vehicle crashes. Other calls for emergency response involve hazardous materials releases, technical rescues, response to fire alarms and other calls for public assistance. Firefighters also spend much of their time maintaining equipment, doing routine public safety inspections for businesses, training for all types of emergency responses and filling out the reports and paperwork associated with these activities.

What should I do when I see or hear an emergency vehicle coming towards me when I'm driving?

When it is safe to do so, you should pull over to the right and stop until all emergency vehicles have safely passed. If you cannot safely maneuver to the right, simply stop and stay stopped so the vehicles can go around you safely.

My smoke detector is chirping, what does that mean?

Most modern smoke detectors will chirp to alert you the batteries are low, you should replace the batteries and test your smoke detector. Smoke detectors can be purchased at any hardware or large commercial department store. If you are physically unable to replace your smoke detector batteries, purchase the batteries and contact the Bryant Fire Department at (501) 943-0943 (#2), and we will gladly come and assist you.

How often should I change the batteries in my smoke detectors?

We recommend you change the batteries in your smoke detectors every 6 months; an easy way to remember is to change batteries when you reset your clock for daylight savings time

Does the Fire Department fill fire extinguishers?

Bryant Fire Department is not equipped to fill fire extinguishers at this time. However, you can find local fire extinguisher businesses in the yellow pages to refill them.

Why do so many fire apparatus respond to simple incidents?

Units are dispatched according to information received by Dispatch. Many times the type of situation found upon arrival is very different from the situation dispatched. And, part of responding to an emergency situation means being prepared to deal with the worst case scenario. Discovering that we need more units upon arrival is often too late. Experience has taught us that it’s better to have too much help than not enough.

Why do fire trucks respond to motor vehicle accidents?

Automobile accidents present other hazards such as potential fire, ruptured fuel tanks, undeployed airbags and/or the presence of hazardous materials. If any occupants are trapped they will begin the extrication (removal) process. Since all of our firefighters are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), they can begin assessing an injured party’s condition and assist in providing treatment prior to the arrival of ambulance personnel.

Why do fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through red lights at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?

Emergency lights and siren are used only when responding to a call. Sometimes several units are dispatched to the same incident. When the first unit arrives on scene, they may assess the situation and inform the dispatcher they can handle the emergency. All other responding units are then cancelled and put back into service, ready to take another call.

Does the fire department do free blood pressure checks?

Any Bryant Fire Station will do free blood pressure checks without an appointment, granted station personnel are at the station and not on a call.

Does the fire department fill or empty pools?

The Bryant Fire Department does not provide this service.

Does the fire department host public birthday or other types of parties?

The Bryant Fire Department does not provide this service.

Does the City of Bryant have any facilities that are certified and designated “Storm Shelters” that are designated as public shelters?

The City currently does not have any facilities that meet these requirements. Information on Tornado preparedness is available at http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes.

What are the steps involved in becoming a Firefighter in Bryant?

We conduct new hire testing annually. The dates for submitting an application are posted on the Bryant Fire Department Facebook page, in local news outlets, and the Fire Mail through the Arkansas Fire Training Academy. Applicants will take a Written Exam, Physical Agility Exam, and Interview. At the end of this process we create a New Hire list that we hire from as needed for a set time frame, generally 1 year.