MEMBERSHIP DUES NOTIFICATION
VOLUME 15 WHITE BLUFF - RYE HILL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT 2006
LIFE AND PROPERTY PROTECTION FOR RURAL LIVING
The White Bluff – Rye Hill Volunteer Fire Department is YOUR department. It is made up of volunteers who are YOUR
friends and neighbors. The personnel that make up YOUR fire department are dedicated individuals who serve the
community in which we all live, and do it on a 100% volunteer basis. We do not have a single paid person serving on
the department. Our firefighters are well trained and we have managed the department equipment and money to become
one of the PREMIER (non-city) volunteer fire departments in this part of Western Arkansas.
WOW! What an Exciting Year we had in 2005,
and part of that is…..BECAUSE OF YOU!
Please read inside about all the things that have been a blessing to our department
and to our community in this past year! We’re looking forward to 2006!
Have you ever considered joining the Fire Department? Now is YOUR chance!
We need good people to start with and we’ll do the rest. We have State Certified Training Officers, within our own
department, to provide most of your training. Come to one of our meetings and see what we are about!
Contact us at one of the numbers listed in this newsletter for more information!
CUT ALONG DOTTED LINE AND RETURN ALONG WITH YOUR PAYMENT
All Contributions are White Bluff - Rye Hill Fire Association Membership Year
Tax Deductible Membership Application 2006
If you need a receipt please enclose a S.A.S.E.
Name: _____________________________________ along with your payment.
Mailing Address: ____________________________ Make Check Payable To:
City, St, Zip: ________________________________ WHITE BLUFF - RYE HILL V.F.D.
Phone: ____________________________________ and return with your membership application
in the enclosed envelope.
Annual Membership Per Property is $25.00 - Please Remit Payment Before April 15, 2006
Local Address of each property covered: $______________ Annual Membership Contribution
2) _________________________________ $______________ Additional Contribution to allow us
3) _________________________________ to purchase much needed equipment
Attach additional listing of properties if needed $_________________ Total Year 2006 Contribution
Visit our AWARD WINNING website at: www.WHITEBLUFF-RYEHILLFIRE.com
** SERVING AND PROTECTING OUR NEIGHBORS………BECAUSE WE CARE **
WHO PROTECTS YOU
AND YOUR HOME? Did You Know? What can you do to
help out YOUR Fire
Our current firefighters, EMS, Our fire department covers thirty-
and other personnel combine for six plus (36+) square miles of Department?
a total of over…………………….. homes and businesses and Is there a way you can help out the
261 Years of Volunteer Service approximately 3,100 people, along fire department? Sure you can!
with supplying mutual aid to any Even if you do not want to fight
to our community. WOW! department in Sebastian County fires, perform rescue operations or
Their dedication to protecting our that requests our assistance, provide basic life support in
neighborhoods is evident! If you including the City of Fort Smith. medical emergencies, we have a
see one of them, tell them………. job for you!
Moschner, Doris –Secretary 31 yrs
We always need people to become
Mitchael, Charles -Chief 24 yrs
firefighters, 1st Responders and
Mitchael, Margaret –Ladies Aux. 24 yrs EMT’s, especially daytime
Taylor, Joe –Firefighter / Train Coord. 22 yrs responders. There are countless
Seiter, Dale –President / Fire Marshal 17 yrs other jobs that need to be done in
Biggs, Larry –Firefighter 14 yrs our department that do not involve
Allen, Chuck –Captain 13 yrs entering a burning building, cutting
Mickle, Ron –Firefighter / Train Coord. 13 open a wrecked car, or providing
yrs Our 2004 Model Attack Truck
basic life support. These jobs are
Moser, Mike -Treasurer
Check us out valuable and essential. Equipment
Blaylock, Jerry –Asst. Chief 12 yrs and Trucks must be maintained
Almond, Jim –Safety Officer
/ EMT 12 ON-LINE! and repaired, lawns at the stations
Have you checked out our need to be mowed, landscaping
Heiss, Mike–Firefighter 10 yrs
AWARD WINNING WEBSITE! maintained, fundraisers organized,
Newberry, Kendall –FF / 1st Resp. 8 yrs
Strawhacker, Clay –Firefighter 8 yrs GO ONLINE NOW TO: etc. People tend to look at the
Strawhacker, Lessa –FF / EMT 7 yrs www.whitebluff-ryehillfire.com volunteer fire department and tell
Strawhacker, Cyndi – FF / 1st Resp. 7 yrs We have recently upgraded our themselves, I can’t help because I
O’Hare, Brian –Arson Inv. / EMT 5 yrs KIDS SECTION of the website, so don’t want to fight fires or I can’t
Hisaw, Ronnie –Vice Pres. / Firefighter 5 yrs now your kids have a place they meet the physical demands. The
Greening, Robert–Firefighter 4 yrs
can go to learn about fire safety, White Bluff - Rye Hill Fire
Cox, Angela –Firefighter / EMT 4 yrs Department says.... ”YES, YOU
tornado safety, play games, etc.
Unruh, Jerry –Firefighter / 1st. Resp. 3 yrs
CAN!” A good volunteer is
Mickle, Adam–Firefighter 3 yrs
via our website. It is a very
England, Jerry–Firefighter 2 yrs informative site, showing our anyone who wants to help in
Weeks, Heath–Firefighter (in training) new stations, equipment, personnel, any capacity. Retired, Semi-
newsletter, current events, guest Retired, Housewives, and people
These individuals provide you, book, discussion page for county who work in our area, are all
your family and your property… fire departments, etc. The welcome to talk to us about the
fire protection and emergency website has won awards from role that they could play in making
some of the premier web site our community, a safer place.
medical services in the White
Bluff – Rye Hill community monitoring companies that judge Do you specialize in lawn
with….. Fire/EMS/Police web sites care, landscaping, auto or
throughout the world. Some of the truck repair, fundraising,
awards are the “Great Web Attorney at Law, or JUST A
100% Volunteer Firefighters Award” from World Fire GOOD VOLUNTEER? If so……
100% Vol. First Responders Departments.com. We have also please call one of the
100% Volunteer EMT been awarded the “Silver Award” numbers listed in this
NO Paid Personnel..AT ALL from Ladder54.com. newsletter.
Out of Two (2) Stations Questions or comments regarding
With (5) Fire Apparatus anything related to our fire department
can be emailed to us at:
And (1) Emerg. Medical Unit.
DONATIONS can be made online
using a credit card. Fire Dept. T-shirts,
COME JOIN OUR DEPARTMENT Ball Caps and Patches can also be
AND ADD YOUR NAME TO THE purchased through our web site using
LIST OF VOLUNTEERS ABOVE! a credit card.
FIREFIGHTER OF THE Once again… Santa’s TO PAY
YEAR FOR 2005 visit a BIG SUCCESS! MEMBERSHIP DUES
Jim Almond, Safety Officer and
The firefighters and EMS personnel of The current fire rating for our fire
Certified EMT, was elected the 2005
Firefighter of the Year for the White the White Bluff-Rye Hill Fire coverage area is Class 7/9. Our
Bluff - Rye Hill Fire Department. Jim Department teamed up with Santa goal and mission is to serve and
was nominated and chosen by his Claus again this Christmas. They took protect the community in which
fellow firefighters for his dedication, him around the area aboard our fire we live, utilizing the resources
loyalty and “always there when you trucks on December 11th. Santa and and funds that we have
need him” attitude. Jim handles all of his firefighter helpers handed out nearly
available. Our continued goal is
our Safety Concerns on and off the fire 500 bags of fruit, candy, goodies and
coloring books to the people within our to improve our fire classification
scene and is in charge of our First
area. The fire department wishes to even more, but it requires your
Responder and EMT Program. His
unselfish attitude towards making our once again thank the following help! Failure to pay membership
department a better place is a true individuals and businesses who dues to your responding
blessing to our firefighters and donated money, candy, decorations, department results in a “No Fire
community. etc. for the SANTA RUN this year. Protection” classification with your
Wal-Mart – Greenwood insurance company. It is illegal for
McDonalds - Fort Smith
Whitt Truck Repair
an insurance carrier to offer a Fire
The Coffee Beanery Classification rating for a non-
Golden Corral member client. Being a member of
KMAC / Taco Bell our fire association can, and will,
DCS Communications reduce your insurance premiums.
J.J. & Johnette Seiter
Trans American Tire As stated above, our goal is to
Jody’s Muffler & Brake reduce our fire classification even
Northside Convenience #3 further to assist you in reducing
Glidewell Distributing your insurance premiums.
Mobile Sales of Alma
Another AWARD for Jim!
In November, Jim was chosen by a
Utility Trailer Sales of N.W. Ark.
State Farm-Randy Bittle
panel of judges to be the Sebastian Greer’s Coin & Pawn Fire - Sheriff - Ambulance
County Firefighter of the Year for 2005. OSS Enterprises
Jim was presented with this honor Kindy Wood MFG. CHILDRENS
during the county wide Fire/EMS
Recognition Banquet. Jim not only
James “Red” Workman
Circle JD Ranches GROUPS
works hard to make our department
better, but also has acted as the Fire
C. Bean Transport
Bob Miller WELCOMED!
Services Coordinator for Sebastian Farm Bureau – Sebastian Cty Our firefighters would love
County and assists other departments All State—Gary Richardson
with grants, paperwork and training. Boss Xtreme Graphics & Paint to give your children’s group
Congratulations go out to a great Anonymous Donors (Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts,
person, friend and volunteer! White Bluff—Rye Hill
Firefighters, First Responders and EMT’s Brownies, Church Group,
White Bluff—Rye Hill Ladies Auxiliary etc.) a tour of the fire
QUESTIONS? station. We will show them
CALL US the trucks and equipment,
Feel free to contact one of the numbers along with putting on a
listed below if you have any questions
regarding home fire safety, short fire safety class. We
membership contributions, department would love to help out! Just
YOUR FIRE projects, etc. We are here to provide
our community with a service, and we give us a call!
DEPARTMENT appreciate your input.
The White Bluff – Rye Hill Volunteer Fire
As always, we remind you that this Charles Mitchael Chief Department Newsletter & Membership Dues
is YOUR Fire Department. We 479-646-7586 CTO Notification is published annually and is
intended to serve as a notice for
invite everyone to our monthly Dale Seiter President memberships that are due for the current
meetings on the second and fourth 479-638-7020 Fire Marshal year and as an informative newsletter about
Mondays of every month at Station Ronnie Hisaw Vice President our fire department and our community.
Designed and Edited By:
“B” located at 5325 Spring 479-648-1518 Firefighter Dale A. Seiter
Mountain Rd. Meeting time is 7:00 Jim Almond Safety Officer
p.m. 501-646-3598 EMT
911 Training FREE SMOKE
Tips for Kids A limited supply of smoke detectors
have been made available to our fire Here are some fire precautions you
• Children should learn department through a grant that was can take:
their first and last obtained by the Sebastian County • Install smoke alarms on every floor
names, as well as those Office of Emergency Management and of your home and near bedrooms.
the Sebastian County Volunteer Fire Test them monthly and replace
of their parents, along Association. This fire prevention grant batteries every year, whether
with their address and is being used to provide free smoke needed or not (pick a date you can
phone number as early detectors and other fire safety literature easily remember, like a holiday or
as possible! to people within Sebastian County that your birthday to replace the
may not have smoke detectors in their batteries in the smoke detector).
• Keep IMPORTANT residence or may not have an adequate • Keep fire extinguishers in areas
INFORMATION posted number of smoke detectors to properly like the kitchen, near the fireplace,
next to all telephones. protect their family. and in the garage or workshop (A
• Children should be class ABC multi-purpose fire
If you are interested in obtaining a free extinguisher is the best for home
taught to use 911 when smoke detector, please stop by Station use). Make sure the extinguisher
appropriate and should “B” at 5325 Spring Mountain Rd. during is kept charged and practice using
be assured that they will one of our normal meetings (7:00 p.m. it. Don’t ever use water on
not be in trouble for on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each electrical or grease fires -- it will
calling 911 during an month) and pick one up. We must shock you or spread the fire. In
keep accurate records on the this newsletter is a diagram and
emergency. disbursement of these smoke instructions on the use of a fire
• Role play with your detectors. Since they were obtained extinguisher.
children using TOY through a grant, you will be asked to • Have a family escape plan - young
telephones. Pretend to provide your name, address, and children and older people are very
phone number when picking up your vulnerable to fire injuries, so teach
be a dispatcher and ask free smoke detector. This information them in advance:
your child 911 questions is used SOLEY for making sure the 1. How to exit the house with practice
over the toy telephone to smoke detectors are accounted for and fire drills.
practice their skills. being distributed in Sebastian County. 2. Not to hide under beds or in
• Teach your children how closets during a fire.
FIRE PREVENTION 3. To exit the house by staying low
to dial 911 on cellular and crawling on hands and knees.
phones and cordless TIPS FOR YOUR 4. If clothing catches fire: STOP,
phones. Some young HOME DROP, and ROLL to extinguish it..
5. Have two ways to get out (in case
children do not know
Prevent fire from entering your home one is blocked).
how to use the “SEND” -- fire kills 4,000 people and injures 6. Not to try and take possessions or
button. more every year. pets when escaping a fire (you can
• Do not think that “It will replace these items, you cannot
never happen to my Most fires are caused by smoking or replace yourself or a loved one.
faulty electrical insulation. 7. Not to go back inside the house,
family!” Use common sense and stay SAFE! for any reason (firefighters have
the best chance of rescuing
• Don’t smoke in bed anyone left inside).
• Supervise young children -- keep 8. Choose a meeting place outside,
matches out of reach preferably in front, so everyone
• Don’t empty ashtrays before you can be accounted for.
go to bed
• Don’t overload electrical circuits If you do have a fire get everyone out
immediately. Call the fire department by
If you are trapped in a fire, close doors dialing 911. Calmly give the 911
between you and the fire. Stuff the operator all of the requested
cracks around doors and cover vents to information including anyone that may
keep smoke out. Wait at a window and still be inside.
signal for help with a flashlight, if you
have one, or by waving a sheet or other
light-colored cloth. If there’s a phone in
the room where you’re trapped, call 911
and tell them exactly where you are.