Fire Department Overview
The mission of the Fort Smith Fire Department is to serve the community by protecting lives, property, and the
environment in a safe, efficient and professional manner. The purpose of the Fort Smith Fire Department is to
provide timely, effective and efficient fire protection, suppression, prevention, education and investigation
services to the citizens of Fort Smith.
About the Fort Smith Fire Department
The Fort Smith Fire Department (FSFD) is a dynamic and progressive public safety provider to the citizens of Fort Smith and the greater Fort Smith Metropolitan Statistical Area. The FSFD provides an all-hazards approach while responding to many types of emergencies including, but not limited to, fires, medical first response, technical rescues, hazardous materials events, bomb response, natural disasters, and terrorist events. The FSFD is responsible for the coordination of emergency management for the City of Fort Smith and works very closely with Sebastian County and the State of Arkansas in all types of disasters and emergencies.
The FSFD's strength is in its 149 uniformed and 3 non-uniformed personnel. Located in 11 fire stations strategically placed within the City, our men and women are dedicated to their profession and the community. Not only do they risk their lives every day for the public, they also devote countless hours to charitable causes. Annually our firefighters raise and contribute thousands of dollars to charities such as Camp Sunshine, MDA, Christmas Time Shop with a Firefighter program, and the Christmas bicycle giveaway program. They have also provided assistance to families that have suffered fire losses, have built wheelchair ramps for the handicapped, and sponsored many other needy projects.
Our motto is Duty, Honor, Courage, and Brotherhood. The fire service is rich in tradition and leadership and we are proud to be a part of history. Our newest accomplishments with the formation of the Fort Smith Fire Department Honor Guard and the Pipe and Drum Corp truly exemplifies our deep conviction to our past and a pride that will lead us into the future.
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Citizens Fire Academy
Join the Citizens Fire Academy to learn the life of a firefighter. Receive hands-on instructions and training with rappelling
equipment, hazardous material gear, rescue equipment, and the bomb squad's robotic device. The academy is held twice
a year, usually in the Spring and Fall. Check out the Citizens Academy's website to learn more about this academy and
others within the city.
- 149 Uniformed Firefighters
- 11 Fire Station Locations
- 4 Aerial Ladder Companies
- 2 Rescue Boats
- 3 Brush Fire Fighting Units
- 92 Square Miles of Coverage
- 9 First Line Engine Companies
- 1 Heavy Rescue Unit
- Hazardous Material Response Unit
- Bomb Response Unit