August 2022

The Rural Fire Protection (RFP) office, a program within the Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Division, is dedicated to aiding communities and fire departments to protect lives, property, and the environment.

Grant Opportunity

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Division is now accepting applications for Wildland Fire Suppression Kits through September 30, 2022. The application can be found here.

The Forestry Division received $293,600 through a U.S. Forest Service grant to provide 89 kits this year to rural volunteer fire departments across the state. Fire departments may contact Kathryn Mahan-Hooten at (501)679-3183 or with questions. More information about the kits can be found here.


Colt Fire Department in St. Francis County received a 2008 Freightliner M916 on July 21, 2022. Pictured are Forestry A/D Mechanic Jason McCuin, Colt’s Assistant Fire Chief Frank Powell, and crew member Virgil Keeler.

Garner Fire Department in White County received a 2003 IHC refueler on July 19, 2022. Pictured is Grubbs Captain Carla Johnson.

2022 Rural Fire Show - Save the Date!

Don't miss the 2022 Rural Fire Show! This is an annual, free appreciation event for Arkansas firefighters and their families. There will be door prizes, vendors, and lunch is provided.

This year's event is scheduled for October 1, 2022 at the Conway Expo & Event Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information coming soon!

To RSVP, please send your fire department name and number of people attending to

What's in the Warehouse?
The following items are available to eligible Arkansas Fire Departments:

Fire Boots

Sleeping Bag

Ammo Can

Danner Cold Weather Boot

Fire Helmet

For additional information give us a call at (501) 679-3581 or check out our website.
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