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Frequently Asked Questions
- How do you become a firefighter?
All applicants for the Fayetteville Fire Department must by the application deadline date:
(a) Be a citizen of the United States;
(b) Provide documentary proof that an applicant will not be less than 21 years of age by the test date;
(c) Have graduated from an accredited High School or have passed the General Education Development Test indicating High School graduation level;
(d) Have never been convicted of a felony;
(e) Be of good moral character;
(f) Ark. State Code provides that no person who has arrived at the age of thirty-five (35) shall be eligible for appointment to the Fire Department except where the applicant is already a paid firefighter. The maximum age of thirty-five (35) shall not apply to:
1. Any person who has at least two (2) years of previous experience as a paid firefighter with another department and whose years of experience as a paid firefighter, when subtracted from the person's age leaves a remainder of not more than thirty-two (32) years; or
2. Any person who is applying for a position within the Fire Department in which the primary function of the job involves administrative, managerial, or supervisory duties.
(g) In addition to sections a thru f, Applicants for the Fire Department must have attained certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) either through the Arkansas Department of Health or through the National Emergency Medical Technician Registry Program or possess one of the following prior to application:
1. Medical certification or license at a higher level (paramedic, nurse, etc.)
2. Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 IFSAC certifications
3. 12 college credit hours in core curriculum courses (english, math, science,history, foreign language, journalism or communications).
4. Graduated from an accredited fire academy in compliance with NFPA 1001, Pro-Board, etc.
5. A minimum of two years of service in the United States Armed forces or National Guard with honorable discharge (DD-214 required).
- How many fire stations do we have in Fayetteville?
The City of Fayetteville has seven fire stations and maintains a facility at the airport that houses the Training Division and the Air Craft Rescue and Fire Fighting apparatus; the Fire Marshal’s office is located at 833 N. Crossover Road.
- What is Fayetteville’s Insurance Service Organization (ISO) rating?
Our ISO rating is #2.
- My smoke detector doesn’t work, is my landlord required to maintain it?
Your landlord is required to maintain installed smoke detectors within the structures that they own. The fire code says that the detectors are required to work. If your landlord does not comply, you may file a complaint with the fire department by calling: 575-8365 or 442-6131.
- How do I obtain a burn permit?
Permission may be obtained free of charge and via telephone or other verbal means from any Fayetteville Fire Department authorized personnel. That said permission will only be valid on the date it is given, and all burning on any other dates will require renewed permission. Permits may be obtained by calling: 575-8365 or 442-6131.
- What are the burn permit restrictions?
A. Burning is not permitted should it create a public nuisance.
B. Rubber, tires, roofing, or any petroleum based substance shall not be burned.
C. No burning when the wind is strong. (As determined by the fire department)
D. During dry weather condition. (As determined by the fire department)
E. No burning when smoke drifts or blows onto highways or streets, to the extent
that it creates a traffic hazard.
F. No burning unless attended by a responsible adult.
G. No burning after dark.
- What are the laws pertaining to fire works in the City of Fayetteville?
A. Fireworks which are not prohibited under state or federal law and which are considered consumer fireworks as defined under federal law and regulations (27C.F.R 555.11) may be sold between June 28th and July 5th of each year, subject to provisions.
B. Any person desiring to sell fireworks must obtain a permit.
C. Fireworks may only be discharged upon private property with the consent of the property owner and between the hours of 10:00a.m. until 10:00p.m. on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and from 10:00a.m. until 11:00p.m. on July 4th and at no other time or date.
D. If any person less than the age of 16 years is present, an adult (at least 21 years of age) must supervise the discharge of all fireworks.
E. No skyrockets or aerial fireworks attached to a stick may be discharged.
F. Public display of fireworks may be allowed upon the application and granting of a public fireworks display permit by the Mayor or his designee.
- How do I report a fire code violation?
Code violations may be reported to the Fire Marshall by calling: 575-8365.
- How do I book a tour at the fire station for our group?
Tours of the fire station are booked by calling 575-8365 or calling our Fire Safety Educator at 718-7607.
- Does the fire department give any type of fire extinguisher or fire safety training for the public?
The fire department provides fire extinguisher training, for more information call: 718-7607.
- Can I have a charcoal or gas grill on my apartment balcony?
Charcoal and gas grills are prohibited from use on apartment balconies by the Arkansas Fire Prevention Code. This code is enforced by the landlord and the Fayetteville Fire Department.
- We recently had a fire at our house, how do I get a copy of a fire report and how much does it cost?
Reports may be obtained free of charge at Fire Station #1, located at 303 W. Center Street in downtown Fayetteville, Monday through Friday during business hours. Reports can also be e-mailed or faxed, for more information call 575-8365.