September 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.

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 training opportunities, door prizes, vendors, demonstrations, 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. Find the agenda here.

To RSVP, please send your fire department name and number of people attending to or call (501) 679-3171.

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.


Fifty-Six fire department in Stone County received a Ford F350. Pictured are Chief Aaron Byrd, Safety Officer Eric Williams and RFP A/D mechanic supervisor, Adam Bartelt.

Available Equipment

Let the Rural Fire Protection Office help with your generator needs! We currently have 5 10kw skid generators available for eligible fire departments.

If interested, please call our office at (501) 679-3581. A current cooperative

agreement is required. Any requests unable to be filled may submit an equipment

request form to be placed on a list for future generators.

What's in the Warehouse?

The following items are available to eligible Arkansas fire departments:


Danner Boots

Duffel Bags


Pneumatic Impact Wrench: .5 Impact

Pneumatic Impact Wrench: 3.25 Impact


Bump Caps

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