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The Unofficial Website Of the North Little Rock, AR
1904- 2004: 100 Years of Protection and Service To The City

Major Fires
100th Year Celebration
(Under Construction)
History of the NLRFD


The First-Line Apparatus of NLRFD Central Station: Battalion 924; Rescue 19; Engine 1, and Truck 1A

Apparatus Housed in NLRFD Station Number One (Central Station)
1 Captain; 1
Lieutenant and
1-2 Fire
Purchased new as a demo in 3/99; 1250 GPM Pump; 750
Gallon Tank; High Compartments on right and left sides;
200' Booster Line; Air Conditioned; Top Mount Pump
Panel; Ground Ladders on Top. Carries defilibrator and
large diameter hose; Deck Gun.
1981 American
La France
1 Captain;
1 Lieutenant and
up to 1 Fire Fighter
Purchased new in 1982; Rear Mount 100' Ladder;
Full Compliment of Ground Ladders, Fans, Water
Vacuum, Power Saws, etc.Carries defilibrator

2001 E-One/ Freightliner

Paramedic Unit
1 Captain; 1
Lieutenant and up
to 1 Fire Fighter.
At least 1
Paramedic always
on board.
Heavy Duty Rescue-All Power Tools; Jaws of Life;
Rope Rescue; On-Board Cascade System to
Manufacture Air for SCBA; Paramedic Unit- at
least 1 paramedic on board; 35' Light Tower.
Carries defilibrator.
2001 Dodge
1 Battalion Chief
plus the Shift
Officer at night.
Battalion 924 is the Battalion Chief for the entire city.
RESERVE ENGINE 101 1981 American La
  Purchased new in 1982; Originally Engine 7; became
Engine 9 in 1995; became Engine 101 in 2002. 500 Gallon
Tank; 1500 GPM Pump. Is fully equiped and ready to go
in service.

Central Station also houses the admistrative offices of the NLRFD, along with the mechanical facilities. The Chief of Department, Assistant Chief, and other administrative officers of the Department are housed here. All transactions
with the general public are conducted here.

Engine 1'S District includes Downtown North Little Rock. The largest structure in this District is the new Alltel Arena. Most of the buildings downtown are quite old. The commercial buildings are mostly two story structures. Any car
accident on I-30 or nearby I-40 results in Engine 1 being dispatched. Engine 1'S territory extends north to 22nd Street, east to Buckeye Street. Engine 1's territory borders Engine 3's District on its western boundary.

Truck 1A protects the area of the city South of I-30. This apparatus responds to all structure fires in this part of the city.
It can be special called to other areas if needed.

Rescue 19'S District is ruoghly the same as Truck 1A'S, except that Rescue 19 goes only as far North as 22nd Street. Rescue 19 responds on all structure fires in its district as well as all vehicle accidents in its district. Rescue 19, with its huge light tower and on-board air cascade system will most likely be called to any major fire in the southern portion of the city.


Reserve Engine 101 ('81 American LaFrance) on the day it "took over" from the '78 Ford/ Pierce

Interesting Facts About NLRFD Central Fire Station: The present Station 1 is the second structure used as NLR'S Central Fire Station. The original structure still stands in the 500 Block of Main Street and is currently being rebuilt by the city. It will contain an "engine room" on the first floor where a fire engine can be parked. (Hopefully an antique.)
Interesting Facts About Engine 1: Engine 1 was obviously the first Company formed in the NLRFD. It originally operated on a horse-drawn hose wagon. Its first motorized apparatus was a 1917 American La France. Company 1 was the "Reserve Pumper" according to the 1947 Underwriters' Report. This was the case from 1939 until Station 4 in Rose City opened in 1949. The pumper running out of Central then became Company 1, with the reserve engine being renumbered. (Co's 7 and 8 were seen on reserve engines then.. Engine 1 carried all "extra" firemen on duty during a given day for many years.On days when nobody was sick or off, Engine 1 might be seen with as many as seven firemen on board.

Interesting Facts About Truck 1A: Truck 1A was originally designated "Company 5" and was formed with the arrival of a 1946 Seagrave Ladder Truck in February, 1947. The original truck had a 65' Aerial Ladder and a 250 GPM Pump. It also had a booster tank. Company 5 became Company 1A in the early 1950's. The Company has operated on only two vehicles in its entire history. The present apparatus is a 1981 American La France 100' Rear Mount Aerial. It was delivered new in 1982. This was the first 100' Aerial owned by the NLRFD.


Interesting Facts About Rescue 19: Rescue 19 was formed in 1963 as a result of the Nation's Civil Defense Concerns during the Cold War. It's first vehicle (a 1963 Jeep Wagoneer) even had the "CD" emblem on the side. Rescue Company 19 received it number designation, because it was the "next available number." Fourteen was the number of the District Chief's car. Seventeen was the mechanic's vehicle and Eighteen was a car used by the Instructor or Training Office.

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