Hot Springs Village Fire Chief Jason Miller grew up wanting to be a firefirefighter. After high school graduation he joined the Navy, was discharged in 1995, and began working in various positions in the Village until being chosen fire chief.
Miller told members of the DeSoto Trace chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution at the April 14 meeting that there are four fire stations in the Village, manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with six people on duty.
The department also provides training, like CPR for example, and he has been trained in water rescue.
The Village, Miller said, has 1,600 fire hydrants, all of which must be inspected, as well as businesses, along with new homes under construction.
The Village is a “combination” fire department, meaning it’s comprised of full-time and volunteer firefighters, which number 16 at this time.
Miller said Act 833 funds received from the state of Arkansas are used to buy equipment each year. The department recently received its first ladder truck, and all employees will receive six days of training on it.
A fireboat is also a part of HSVFD for use in fighting fires on or near Village lakes.
Miller estimated there are 20 house fires per year in the Village, with the west end having more than the east end.
He also shared that people should replace their smoke alarm batteries every year and replace the smoke alarms every 10 years.
Miller also talked about the National Fire Association, the dangers of toxins and the higher risk of cancer to fire fighters, who are required to have two suits so one can be cleaned after a fire.
SAR meets at 11:30 a.m. May 12 at Home Plate. Featured speaker will be Beverly Salisbury, who will give a presentation titled, “Unsung Heroes of the American Revolution.”
After taking a break for the summer, SAR will continue its meetings in September. On Sept. 8 Leanne Cunningham will speak about the Quilts of Valor program.