Thirty-five years ago, the citizens of Garfield asked the question; what shall we do if our house or barn or fields catch fire? That question was answered when six neighbors got together, and with advice from Pea Ridge and other successful area fire departments formed the “NEBCO Firefighters Association” in April, 1978. Rogers Fire Department helped with training and getting our first fire truck. The Lost Bridge Village Community Association donated a building which was moved to HWY 127 & Posy Mountain Dr. and became NEBCO Station #1. Our first fire truck was delivered on April 24, 1979. A short two hours later, 11 men responded to NEBCO’s first fire call.
Today’s NEBCO Volunteer Fire Department is comprised of: Five fire stations, 23 pieces of firefighting equipment, 28 volunteer fire fighters, Eight Emergency Medical Technicians, 14 Paramedics, two fire boats, the Jaws of Life and rope rescue equipment for high and low angle rescue. NEBCO VFD, covers the largest territory of any volunteer fire department in Arkansas.
Now flash back 25 years to the start of the areas local ambulance service. In March of 1985, VAS (Volunteer Ambulance Service) answered their first emergency call. For the next 20+ years VAS did an exemplary job of providing Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance service to the Emergency Medical Service District that included both the NEBCO VFD territory and the adjoining Avoca Fire District. In 2007, changes were put in place to move the ambulance service to an Advance Life Support (ALS) service. On June 1, 2010, VAS and NEBCO VFD merged and the Fire and EMS services and became NEBCO FIRE-EMS. July 1, 2010 the evolution of the ambulance service from BLS to ALS was completed. Now our ambulance service is staffed 24/7 with both an EMT and a Paramedic. Heart monitors, life saving medications, and other necessary equipment are now standard on every ambulance call.
What does our future embrace? Our ongoing goals include the continued improvement of the services we provide to our community by adding new and better equipment, a new 4-wheel drive ambulance and a tanker truck in 2013, lowering our ISO ratings and providing continuing education and training for our Fire and EMS personnel. To that end, we appreciate our communities and your continued support in helping NEBCO FIRE-EMS achieve our objectives.
The Historic "Roots" of "NEBCO"
"Proudly Serving Our Community Since 1978"