The Huntsville Fire Department was formally established in 1953. The fire department was created by concerned citizens because of the lack of fire protection in the county. In it's early years the Huntsville Fire Department protected all of Madison County, Arkansas. The original engine was built by the firefighters themselves. This engine was taken out of service in 1985. In 1958, Huntsville's ISO rating went from a 9 to an 8 and later to a 6. In 2008, the ISO rating dropped to a 4.
More than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels.
Heating fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. All home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently.
The Huntsville Fire Department encourages you to practice the following fire safety steps to keep those home fires safely burning. Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility ...Fire Stops With You!