Fire Depts. Join Forces When Called to County

BENTON COUNTY, Ark. - When you live outside city limits, emergency response times often require double the amount of manpower.
 
Benton County fire officials respond to about 200 structure fires in rural Benton County every year. So far, they've responded to 48 in 2017 and putting out those fires can often take the work of multiple fire departments. 
 
"In this county, you've got a lot of examples of teamwork to solve the water supply problem," said Chief Tom Jenkins of the Rogers Fire Department. 
 
Jenkins says for city fire departments, responding to calls in the county can present a unique challenge. 
 
"Using a fire hydrant is always going to be the most efficient way to get water because it doesn't take any people," Jenkins said.  
 
But in rural Benton County, fire hydrants aren't always easy to come by so they often rely on trucks to carry water to the scene. 
 
"It is more inefficient, in the rural environment, it's a reality, it's not unique to Benton County, it's not unique to Arkansas," Jenkins explained. 
 
The Benton County fire marshal says this is an obstacle they've always faced.
 
"It takes just a little bit longer to get guys to the station, to get apparatus rolling and get it on scene, it's just, it's one of the hazards of living outside of the city out in unincorporated areas of the county," said Eric Smith, assistant director of the Benton County Fire Marshal's office. 
 
Volunteer and city fire departments tackle this problem by joining forces and sharing resources. 
 
"It's good to have team of firefighters that can work together. What the side of the truck says is irrelevant, we have to make sure we can come together to solve the problem and this morning was an example of that," Jenkins said.  

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