MVFD Trains with Arkansas 811


On Thursday evening members of the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department participated in hazmat training with a representative from Arkansas’ 811 program, Mike Gowen.

Also attending were representatives from Enable and AOG. Gowen gave the emergency responders information on how to train for scenarios involving gas, electric and other potentially hazardous situations.

Arkansas 811 is the state-wide call before you dig center. Arkansas 811 allows excavators of all types to notify multiple utilities of their intent to excavate with a single submission of a locate request, which can be done either by phone or online. The mission of Arkansas 811 is the protection of the public and the prevention of damage resulting from accidents involving underground facilities.

Mansfield Fire Chief Stephen Haysmer said, “it was a great opportunity for those members who haven’t had any training on this.” MVFD officer, Lieutenant Matthew Nichols said “it was good training for all of us to remember to be situationally aware of the dangerous that lie not only above ground but also below.”

To find out more about Arkansas 811, and their free services, click -HERE.


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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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