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Welcome to the Joplin, Arkansas, Volunteer Fire Department web site. 

Through these pages, we hope to introduce you to our Department, our mission, and our activities.


Recent Articles About JVFD Activities:


Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Auction Fundraiser – Nov. 26, 2016

Each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, the Joplin Volunteer Fire Department hosts our annual fundraising event: a spaghetti supper featuring a wide variety of sauces supplied by JVFD Volunteers, followed by an auction and raffle with must-have items like cakes and pies along with push-mowers, laundry drying racks, original artwork, and who-knows what ever else might be donated by our wonderful community!

A great turnout for the annual JVFD spaghetti supper and auction fundraiser. THANK YOU ALL! (Click on this image to view photos from the fundraiser.)

A great turnout for the annual JVFD spaghetti supper and auction fundraiser.
THANK YOU ALL!
(Click on this image to view photos from the fundraiser.)

This year was no exception, and the JVFD Firehouse was full of excited and hungry guests.

All of the JVFD Volunteers wish to say a big
THANK YOU!!!
to everyone who attended this event, who donated and purchased the items for sale, and who help make this village of ours so caring and special.  We tremendously appreciate your support and friendship!

Lake Ouachita USAF C-130 Supply Drop Exercise – November 17, 2016

JVFD, along with Barry Craw from the Mount Ida VFD and rangers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, assisted the U.S. Air Force with Search and Rescue exercises over Lake Ouachita.  The exercise was conducted with USAF C-130 aircraft whose crew were to spot a boat and its occupants in distress within a “square” over the lake.  After searching for the distressed vessel using a back-and-forth grid search over the designated area, the C-130 would deploy a kit of medical gear and such via parachute to the vessel.  The C-130 crews were graded both on time to find the distressed vessel and the accuracy of the dropped payload.

(Click on this image to view more photos from the exercise.)

(Click on this image to view more photos from the exercise.)

Our boats and crews were deployed to assist in the exercise by keeping recreational boat traffic away from the drop zones. Five boats and crews, including three JVFD fireboats, assisted with this aspect of the exercise.

Joplin VFD Crew (Dan Watson, Don Coffee, Jennifer Brewer, Robert Herrington, Cody Higgins) with Barry Craw from Mount Ida VFD and the USACE and USAF teams.

Joplin VFD Crew (Dan Watson, Don Coffey, Jennifer Brewer, Robert Herrington, Cody Higgins) with Barry Craw from Mount Ida VFD and the USACE and USAF teams. A couple of distressed survivors also made it into the photo!

Arkansas Fire Boat School to be held June 3-4, 2016

Volunteers from the Joplin Volunteer Fire Department will again participate in the annual Arkansas Fire Boat School training and exercises to be held on Lake DeGray June 3 and 4, 2016.

Below is the announcement from the Arkansas Fire Boat School Committee:


Good afternoon Crews,

Please find three important messages for participating crews below, as well as a list of confirmed crews, and an updated AFBS Briefing Packet attached w/scenario maps at DeGray Lake and the Caddo River.

1) Remember that you must register through the Arkansas Fire Academy (AFA) separately from registering for AFBS in order to receive AFA credit. We have confirmed with the AFA that more than 100 of you have registered for AFBS and not the AFA. Copy and paste the link below to complete forms for your AFA credit:
https://www.sautech.edu/docs/afta/afta_course_app_rev9-10.pdf

2) Attention Small Boat Crews: Please include basic medical supplies among your equipment to bring for AFBS, 2016. Small boat scenarios at the Caddo River site and DeGray Lake site will include response to a medical scene with injuries.

3) All Boat Crews: Please pay special attention to the Mandatory Equipment list in the attached Briefing Packet.  You will need to arrive at Registration at the Spillway Launch Ramp on Friday, June 3rd fully prepared for scenarios.

The following 43 fire crews have confirmed boats and/or people to attend AFBS, 2016 (if you are not listed here and you should be, please let us know immediately): Alexander, Bismarck, Caddo Valley, Conway, East Clark County, Faulkner County Emergency Squad, Flower Mound (TX), Gamaliel, Haskell, Heber Springs, Houston, Hot Springs, Joplin, Johnson County RFD #5, Lake Hamilton, Lake Maumelle, Lake Norrell, Lake Village, Lawrence County Dive Team, Little River County, Little Rock, Lonsdale, Maddox Bay, Malvern, McGehee, MEMS, Monticello, Murfreesboro, North Little Rock, Pocahontas, Salem, Scott, South Fork, Strawberry, Tactical Rescue Services, Traskwood, Wilburn, Winchester, West Plains (MO), West Pulaski, Van Buren County Rescue, and Yell County Dive Team.

Have a great evening and thank you,

Arkansas Fire Boat School Committee

Dinner and briefing meeting at the Arkansas Fire Boat School

Dinner and briefing meeting at the Arkansas Fire Boat School

Drafting and Foam Training – March 29, 2016

This evening’s Joplin Volunteer Fire Department training exercises consisted of:

  • Setting up the 4000 gallon portable tank off of Tanker 3
  • Supplying water to the tanker from the station’s hydrant
  • Drafting from the tank with both Engine 1 and Engine 4
  • Fitting the hoses with foam eductors
Preparing Engines 1 and 4 to draft from the portable tank.

Preparing Engines 1 and 4 to draft from the portable tank.
(Click on this image to view more photos from this exercise.)

Good practice!

(Thanks to Mary Ann Shaw for the photos!)

“Prom Night” in Mount Ida – March 29, 2016

Every two years, the Mount Ida Volunteer Fire Department, with help from Joplin VFD, local law enforcement, the County Coroner, and others execute a simulation of what horrible accidents may happen to students and others who may indulge in drink or drugs on “Prom Night” (or any other night).

Responders attending to a "Prom Night" accident victim.

Responders attending to a “Prom Night” accident victim.
(Click on this image to view additional photos from “Prom Night”)

The simulation makes junior and senior class students aware of how different emergency personnel respond to and treat serious injury and even death in the event of an accident.

A Great Fundraiser on a Chilly and Rainy Evening – Nov. 28, 2015

The Joplin Volunteer Fire Department held our annual Spaghetti Dinner and Auction Fundraiser at the JVFD Firehouse on a chilly and rainy night, and we were tremendously pleased with the wonderful crowd who joined us and supported our mission this evening.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!

Many, many thanks to the wonderful crowd that joined and supported us this evening!<br />(Click on this image to view photographs from this event)

Many, many thanks to the wonderful crowd that joined and supported us this evening!
(Click on this image to view photographs from this event)

Pulling the ’47 For Maintenance and Cleaning – June 16, 2015

In lieu of our regular fire meeting Tuesday, June 16, 2015, a crew of JVFD volunteers, along with many other helpers, met at the Mountain Harbor launching ramp to pull the ’47 onto a very large, very strong trailer and to pull it from the lake for its first inspections and cleaning in many years.

The '47 is on the trailer and all looks good to complete the haul-out.

The ’47 is on the trailer and all looks good to complete the haul-out.
(Click on this image to view more pictures from the ’47 haul-out operation on June 16, 2015.)

The trailer was prepared with a number of old tires on both sides of its length in order to hold the boat high enough to prevent its rudders, propellers and shafts, and struts from dragging or being damaged on the trailer.

Once the trailer was in the water, the boat was expertly driven onto the trailer by JVFD volunteer Lisa Ligon, and a line from its bow passed ashore by JVFD volunteer Vicki Crawford was secured by friend of JVFD Joe Scheaffer to the trailer.  Then, Alan Jones driving the truck pulling the trailer moved her up the ramp a very few feet at a time while JVFD Assistant Chief Terry Beavers dove both sides of the boat to make sure it was straight on the trailer and that its under-structure was lining up on the trailer as desired. After forward/aft adjustments were made, the trailer and boat was inched up a bit further while Terry continued to observe its alignment.  One adjustment was made laterally by Joplin Boat 4, driven by JVFD volunteer Dan Watson.  Boat 4 was positioned on the starboard side and pushed the stern of the ’47 slightly toward port.

Once everything was looking good and straight, the boat was pulled from the Lake four feet at a time, stopping to make sure all was good as she came out of the water and settled onto the trailer.  Finally, she was out of the water and moved forward to a level part of the ramp.

Then, the rain came!  … and came!  … and came!

Not to be deterred by the pouring rain, the crew set up a hot water pressure washer and a second pressure washer to begin cleaning the bottom, while mechanics Joe Beniche, Kevin McNiece, Alan Jones, and others began the inspection process.  Water was supplied via the fire pump on JVFD’s Boat 1, driven and managed by JVFD Captain Jennifer Brewer.

Other JVFD volunteers involved in the operation included Bob and Tera Bochik, David Kimball, Ian McNiece, Bill Barnes, Bunnie Lester, Mary Ann Shaw, Todd Gadberry, and Robert Herrington.

After all inspections were complete and the bottom was cleaned, the ’47 was relaunched without incident.  The whole operation was well-planned and well-executed.

But, we could have done without the rain!

Relay Pump Training With Brush Trucks – Mar. 3, 2015

Training this evening involved setting up relay pumping with water being supplied directly to Engine 3 from Tanker 1, while Engine 3 supplied water from its pump to one of two brush trucks.

Engine 3 is pulling water from Tanker 1 while supplying water to Brush Truck 1 in a water relay exercise on the Mountain Harbor boat ramp.

Engine 3 is pulling water from Tanker 1 while supplying water to Brush Truck 1 in a water relay exercise on the Mountain Harbor boat ramp.
(Click on this image to view more photos from tonight’s training exercise.)

 

2015 Arkansas Fireboat School Scheduled for May 29-30

Greetings all and Happy New Year!

We hope that January finds you all safe, warm, and well!

We hope to begin helping you plan early for the upcoming 12th annual Arkansas Fire Boat School, 2015 event on DeGray Lake May 29-30. Please find preliminary announcements below, a Mandatory Equipment List attached for reference, and expect training event registration forms to be distributed by mid-February.

The agenda will be similar to previous years. Please begin plans to bring your boats and crews on Friday afternoon, May 29th. Arkansas Game & Fish Commission will conduct boat and mandatory equipment inspections at the Spillway Launch Ramp at DeGray Lake beginning at 11 a.m. Arkansas Forestry Commission will also be there verifying boat tags (looking for Federal AG numbers, as well as AFC boat tag numbers).

After inspections are complete, you can register crews and receive all event materials at the main Incident Command area before checking into rooms in Caddo Valley.

Friday evening dinner and scenario briefings will again take place at the Clark County Emergency Management Center in Gum Springs (a 10-minute trip up the Interstate from IC at DeGray).

The Quality Inn has contacted the Fire Boat Committee and will again be offering excellent rates to attending crews (this hotel is always the first to call and offer special discounts for this event). Those rooms will go fast. Remember when you call for lodging arrangements, to remind receptionists that you’re with Arkansas Fire Boat School crews.

Call the Quality Inn to reserve rooms for Friday night, May 29th at $49 nightly at: 870-230-1506

Other Caddo Valley hotels include:

  • Days Inn:  (870) 246-3031
  • Best Western Hotel:  (870) 246-5592
  • Comfort Inn:  (870) 246-3800
  • Super 8 Motel:  (870) 246-8585

Look to receive details, scenario outlines, and more course information from this address (arkansasfireboats@gmail.com) very soon.

As mentioned above, registration information will be circulated by mid-February.

We look forward to another great event at DeGray Lake!

Everyone stay safe out there,

Arkansas Fire Boat Committee