News & Events

October 26, 2016
Recent Arkansas Fire Academy  Graduate

The Jacksonville Fire Department would like to congratulate our newest member Gregory "Scott" Roberts.  He has been at the Arkansas Fire Training Academy for a total of 15 weeks for EMT, Rookie School, and Driver Operator.  He has demonstrated to highest level of dedication to the JFD and the City during these important classes.  Firefighter Roberts has proven once again why the Jacksonville Fire Department  is the PRIDE of the City!

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Captain Laws, Captain Jones, Firefighter Roberts, and Chief Laughy at Fire Academy Graduation.
June 29, 2016

Green Shift training at the JFD training grounds.

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June 24, 2016

Recent promotions within the Jacksonville Fire Department


Recently the Jacksonville Fire Department has promoted Mike Whalen to Captain and Jeff Singleton to Lieutenant.  Please congratulate them when you see them.


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Battalion Chief Thornton pinning the collar insignia on Captain Whalen.
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Captain Whalen's son pinning his badge.
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Mayor Fletcher administering the oath to Captain Whalen.
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Chief Laughy congratulates Lieutenant Singleton.
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Lieutenant Singleton and family.
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Chief Laughy administers the oath to Lieutenant Singleton.
June 17, 2016
Recent Arkansas Fire Academy  Graduate

The Jacksonville Fire Department would like to congratulate our newest member Zach Robinson.  He has been at the Arkansas Fire Training Academy for a total of 15 weeks for EMT, Rookie School , and Driver Operator.  He has demonstrated the highest level of dedication to the JFD and the city during these important classes.  Firefighter Robinson has proven once again why the Jacksonville Fire Department is the PRIDE of the City!

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Captain Laws, Captain Jones, Firefighter Robinson, and Chief Laughy at Fire Academy Graduation.
April 29, 2016
Recent Arkansas Fire Academy  Graduates

The Jacksonville Fire Department is proud to announce our recent Fire Academy graduates; Jeremy Moody and Parish Reynolds.  They both performed very well.  Additionally, Firefighter Moody took it a step further earning the Academic Achievement Award for the highest GPA in the class.  Moody and Reynolds have proven once again why the Jacksonville Fire Department is the PRIDE of the City!

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Captain Laws, Firefighter Reynolds, and Chief Laughy at Fire Academy Graduation.
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Captain Laws, Captain Jones, Jeremy Moody, and Chief Laughy pose with Firefighter Moody's, Academic Achievement Award!
March 28, 2016
Recent brush fire on Green Shift.
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Captain James Amerine, Lieutenant Jeremy Moseley, and Firefighter Jonathan Thompson extinguish a brush fire in district 2.
March 11, 2016
The Jacksonville Fire Department Conducts its 3rd Annual Awards Banquet

The ceremony was attended by Mayor Fletcher and his wife, Glenda; Aldermen Kenny Elliot and Bill Howard; Civil Service Commissioners, Mark Evans and Harold Stringfellow; and Fire Chiefs David Teague of Sherwood and Don  smart of LRAFB.  Chief Smart delivered an insightful key note speech on what it takes to move through the ranks to Fire Chief.  Several firefighters were awarded including: Jeff Singleton, 2015 Firefighter of the Year; Kyle Myers as the 2015 Paramedic of the Year; Lt. Drew Cargile as the 2015 Jr. Officer of the Year; Captain Adam Teague as the 2015 Fire Officer of the Year, and Administrative Assistant, Lynette Culpepper as the recipient of the John M. Vanderhoof Award for Outstanding Performance and dedication to the Jacksonville Fire Department.

The Department also recognized an Engine Company for their actions at a structure fire on December 14, 2015.  The Meritorious Unit was awarded to Green Shift, Engine Company3, for their actions in rescuing and treating a woman pulled from her house fire.  The firefighters assigned to this unit were Lieutenant Kris Roachell and Lieutenant Grant Warner.

Additionally, the Firefighters Life Saving Award was given to Lieutenant Kris Roachell.  He placed himself in a position of heightened danger to save the life of a resident. Kris demonstrated courage, and professionalism while making critical and timely decisions that ultimately saved a resident's life. 
  
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FF/EMT Jeff Singleton is awarded the 2015 Firefighter of the Year.
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FF/Paramedic Kyle Myers is awarded the 2015 Paramedic of the Year.
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Chief Laughy with Battalion Chief Bratton who accepted the 2015 Jr. Officer on the Year award on Lt. Cargile's behalf.
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Captain Adam Teague is awarded the 2015 Fire Officer of the Year.
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Lieutenant Kris Roachell receiving the Firefighter's Life Saving Award.
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Lieutenants Roachell and Warner earning the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
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Admin. Asst. Lynette Culpepper awarded the John M. Vanderhoof Award.

Recent promotions within the Jacksonville Fire Department

Since December, we've promoted the following individuals to Captain: James Amerine, and Danny Akines. We've also promoted the following personnel to Lieutenant: Andrew Boyd, and Arthur Phillips.  Please congratulate them when you see them.

March 4, 2016
Recent Arkansas Fire Academy  Graduates

The Jacksonville Fire Department is proud to announce our recent Fire Academy graduate; Frankie Vanderhoof and Austin Clevenger.  They both performed very well.  Please congratulate Frankie and Austin for their accomplishments.

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JFD Captain Laws, Cabot Asst. Chief Smart, JFD Chief Laughy, Frankie Vanderhoof, and retired JFD Chief Vanderhoof.
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Captain Laws, Austin Clevenger, and Chief Laughy.
March 11-13, 2016
Members of JFD attend the Northwest first responders conference.
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February 17, 2016

Recent Red Shift training at the JFD training grounds.

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October 15, 2015
Recent Arkansas Fire Academy  Graduates

The Jacksonville Fire Department is proud to announce our recent Fire Academy graduate; Andres Galvan , Kelli Bratton, and Sean Peeples.  Instructor Harrell said if the Academy had 30 students like the Jacksonville Firefighters, they would never have any problems.  All three preformed extremely well. Sean Peeples took it a step further by earning the Academic Achievement Award for the highest GPA in the graduating class.  Please congratulate Andres, Kelli, and Sean for their accomplishments. They've proven once again why the Jacksonville Fire Department is the PRIDE of the City!


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Captain Laws, Captain Jones, Sean Peeples, Kelli Bratton, Andres Galvan, and Chief Laughy at the Fire Academy graduation for Class 2015 D.
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Sean proudly displays his Academic Achievement Award with Chief Laughy.

August 22, 2015

Recent promotions within the Jacksonville Fire Department


It’s been a very fast moving year for the Jacksonville Fire Department concerning promotions. Since February, we’ve promoted Dewey Coy to Battalion Chief. We’ve promoted the following individuals to Captain: Calun Fulton, Robert Walls, Sam Ford, Adam Teague, and Jason Riggs. We’ve also promoted the following personnel to Lieutenant: Joe Hester, Andy Bates, Steve Davidson, Drew Cargile, and Joe Potts. Please congratulate them when you see them.



June 24, 2015
Tyler Johnson named "Outstanding Rookie" Award winner for the June 2015 Graduating Class

The Jacksonville Fire Department is proud to announce our recent Fire Academy graduate, Tyler Johnson. Firefighter Johnson received a certificate as Captain of B-Shift and earned the highly respected “Outstanding Rookie Award”. This award is presented to the individual who shows the most productive performance and leadership skills of the class. The students themselves vote, then the Academy instructors vote on who best exemplifies the most outstanding rookie. Tyler closed the graduation ceremony by reading the Firefighters Prayer. Please congratulate Firefighter Johnson for his accomplishments and proving once again why the Jacksonville Fire Department is the PRIDE of the City!

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Tyler proudly displays the “Outstanding Rookie” Award.
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It’s a prideful day for the City of Jacksonville as Firefighter Johnson and Chief Laughy show off Tyler’s Outstanding Rookie Award.
June 2, 2014
Jacksonville Fire Department Presents Bicycle to local boy.

Jacksonville Fire Department firefighters present a bicycle to a young boy.  On a routine Emergency Medical Service call,  the boy’s bike was rendered inoperable in order to free his foot from the bicycle.  Funds for the bicycle were donated by the IAFF 2030.

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Jan 15, 2015
JFD Honor Guard proudly displays the colors as we laid one of our brothers to rest, retired Captain Robert Laws
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Front row, left to right: Firefighter Strayhorn, Captain Ashley, Lieutenant Warner, Retired Firefighter Sutherland Second row: Honor Guard Commander, Lieutenant Foster, and Lieutenant Akines. 

Oct 29, 2014
JFD Graduates Two From Arkansas Fire Training Academy

The Jacksonville Fire Department is proud of our newest Fire Academy graduates. Instructors at the Arkansas Fire Training Academy had great things to say about both of them. Firefighter Sullivan opened the graduation ceremony with the invocation and Firefighter McCrotty closed the celebration by reading the Firefighter’s Prayer. Seeing Jacksonville firefighters open and close a state level event, made me proud. Please congratulate Zach McCrotty and Peyton Sullivan for a job well done, and proving once again why JFD is the PRIDE of the City!

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Zach McCrotty with his wife, Casey and son, Judson at graduation.

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Peyton Sullivan with his wife, Julie at graduation.

September 11, 2014
Taylor Bullard Promotes to Lieutentant

The Jacksonville Fire Department recently retired Lt. Bill Allen who served more than 30 years with us!
We're honored to announce that Taylor Bullard was recently promoted to Lieutenant in his place. Please stop by to congratulate Lieutenant Bullard on a job well done.
Lt. Bullard's wife, Jennifer pins on the Lieutenant rank insignia
Lt. Bullard's family is all smiles, as he shows off his gold bugles
Captain Eckelhoff, Lieutenant Bullard, and Battalion Chief Thornton
July 28, 2014
JFD Graduates Three From Arkansas Fire Training Academy

The Jacksonville Fire Department is proud of our three newest Fire Academy graduates. The Instructors at the Arkansas Fire Academy had great things to say about each of them. Please congratulate Josh Selby, Scotty Strayhorn, and Nathan Willett for a job well done, and proving once again why JFD is the PRIDE of the City!
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                Chief Laughy, Josh Selby, Scotty Strayhorn, Nathan Willett and Captain Jones at graduation

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                                              Nathan Willett with Academic Achievement Award!

May 8th, 2014
JFD First Annual Awards Ceremony


The Jacksonville Fire Department held its first annual Awards Ceremony on Friday April 11, 2014. The ceremony was attended by Mayor Fletcher and his wife, Glenda; Alderman Kenny Elliot, Alderman Bill Howard, Dr. James E. Bolden III, and his wife Dr. Cynthia Bolden. Dr. James E. Bolden, III, also a Jacksonville Alderman, delivered a moving key note speech on the importance of public safety professionals and the job they perform. Several firefighters were awarded including: Jeff Singleton, 2013 Firefighter of the Year; Drew Cargile as the 2013 Paramedic of the Year; Lt. Jason Riggs as the 2013 Fire Officer of the Year; and Capt. David Jones as the recipient of the John M. Vanderhoof Award for Outstanding Performance and dedication to the Jacksonville Fire Department.

The Department also awarded individuals and Units for their actions on the March 19, 2012 incident where Fire Capt. Donnie Jones, Fire Lt. Jason Bowmaster, and Police Officer Daniel Dimatteo were struck by a vehicle. Capt. Donnie Jones was fatally injured. Officer Dimatteo was awarded a Certificate of Merit for performing his duties under extreme duress, while severely injured, and calmly calling for assistance that undoubtedly saved the life of Lieutenant Jason Bowmaster. Additionally, Meritorious Unit Commendations were awarded to Green Shift Engine Company 1, Medic 1, Medic 2, and Medic 3, for providing emergency care to other first responders while still monitoring a strong gas leak from the initial accident. The firefighters assigned to these units were Capt. Dewey Coy, Firefighter/EMT Jonathan Thompson, Firefighter/Paramedic Ray Brazzell, Firefighter/EMT Adam Jones, Firefighter/Paramedic James Hurley, Firefighter/EMT Stoney White, Lieutenant Robert Hazeslip, and Firefighter/Paramedic Andy Bates.

The Firefighters Life Saving Award was given to Paramedic James Hurley for performing outside the scope of a normal response as he responded to personnel from his own department and shift and was called upon to care for the dead and injured. Hurley demonstrated outstanding Paramedic skills, courage, and professionalism while making critical and timely decisions that ultimately saved Lt. Bowmaster’s life.

Lieutenant Jason Bowmaster was the recipient of the Fire Department Purple Heart for actions and wounds received as a responding member of Engine Company Number 4, to Alarm 12-0787 on 19 March 2012.

The event was supported by donations from First Arkansas Bank and Trust, Centennial Bank, Kroger, and the families of first responders from Jacksonville and Sherwood Fire Departments.
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Captain David Jones received the John M. Vanderhoof Award. (Left to right is retired Jacksonville Chief Vanderhoof, Captain Jones, and Chief Laughy)
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Jacksonville Police Officer Daniel Dimatteo receives Certificate of Merit
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Firefighter/Paramedic James “Trey” Hurley receives Firefighter’s Life Saving Medal
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Retired Lieutenant Jason Bowmaster receives the Purple Heart (Left to right, Ashley and Jason Bowmaster, and Chief Laughy)
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Firefighter/EMT Jeff Singleton receives Firefighter of the Year Medal from Chief Laughy
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Firefighter/Paramedic Drew Cargile receives Paramedic of the Year Medal from Chief Laughy
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Lieutenant Jason Riggs receives Officer of the Year Medal from Chief Laughy