October 17, 2012 Edition

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Hoxie to implement
fire science program

Mayor Lanny Tinker announced the implementation of the Hoxie Fire Science Program at the Oct. 9 Hoxie City Council meeting.

The Hoxie Volunteer Fire Department and Black River Technical College's Fire Science Program have teamed up for an internship program at the Hoxie department.

The program will provide selected students with training in the areas of firefighting and emergency medical services. The city will provide equipment and reimburse students for tuition and books in return for serving 10 24-hour shifts per month for one to two years.

The immediate benefit for Hoxie is a 24-hour, seven-day week firefighter presence at the station. "This means faster response to emergencies within the Hoxie Fire District," Tinker said. "Responders could leave the station in around two minutes."

Interns are Ricky Stanley, Joey Westmoreland and Damon Mitchell Jr.

The city hopes to fund the program through fundraisers.

Wayne Gearhart, executive director of the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority, spoke to the Council about the reduction of membership dues.

Gearhart told the council that fees for 2013 have been reduced from $11,000 to $1,000 due to economic shortfalls for the member organizations. NEARIFA's purpose is to create and promote intermodal and multimodal assets for Randolph, Lawrence and Clay counties.

In other business:

  • Mayor Tinker announced that the city is drafting an ordinance to be approved by the council for the installation of a secondary supplemental water meter for sprinkler systems. The city will not process applications for a secondary meter until the ordinance is in effect.

  • It was announced that Hoxie will celebrate Halloween on Oct. 31 and the Hoxie Christmas Parade has been scheduled for Dec. 6 followed by Dickens Winter Wonderland at the Hoxie Service Center.

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