Bono fire truck used to fill firefighter’s pool without authoriz - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Bono fire truck used to fill firefighter’s pool without authorization

BONO, AR (KAIT) - With the hot dry conditions that are everywhere in Region 8, fire departments have to be ready to roll at a moments notice.

But after a viewer sent us a couple of pictures, we looked into the Bono Fire Department's improper use of their equipment.

Bono Fire Chief Whit Edwards now has to deal with whomever used a fire truck to fill up a backyard swimming pool.

"We did not authorize the use of a fire truck to fill a swimming pool at this time." Chief Edwards said.

We showed him two pictures that were sent to us from a viewer. They showed a fire truck backing into a yard and then the tanker filling a pool in the same yard.

We asked Edwards, "Is that your fire truck being used to fill the swimming pool?"

He looked at the pictures then admitted that, "Yes that is our tanker truck here at the Bono Fire Department."

This tanker that was used carries 3,000 gallons of water and takes about 15 minutes to fill up. The pool in the pictures uses about 1,500 gallons of water or about half a tank load.

Edwards "With the severe drought conditions that we are under now, we want all our equipment sitting on a hundred percent ready to go."

The Bono department has 6 trucks of various types but only one tanker. Edwards went on, "The tanker being used to fill a pool, that would have lagged our response time.So that's absolutely unacceptable."

To fill a pool in Bono requires the mayor's approval. Edwards says they have used a truck to fill a pool before but it costs the pool owner.

"We'll put a flow meter on it and charge the individuals that we fill the pool for the water usage, no sewer involved in it just the water usage."

That policy also goes for homeowners when they use a hose to fill their pools. The city monitors the usage and charges just for water used.

We went to the home where the fire truck was used to fill the pool.

We spoke with a resident who did say that Edwards had given his permission for the pool fill.

Again Edwards says he did not give permission. "It was an unauthorized use of a vehicle."

Chief Edwards says now it is a matter of discipline.

"We'll make sure we have all the individuals involved and most likely there will be dismissals from the department for unauthorized use."

Under current drought conditions, check with your local water department before filling up any large pool to see if it's even allowed.

Copyright 2012 KAIT All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Rural Resurgence: Keeping small towns alive

    Rural Resurgence: Keeping small towns alive

    Monday, February 19 2018 11:11 AM EST2018-02-19 16:11:53 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 5:42 PM EST2018-02-19 22:42:57 GMT
    Wilson square (Source: KAIT)Wilson square (Source: KAIT)

    It's no secret rural Arkansas is struggling. From schools closing to infrastructure to population, many towns can’t stay afloat.

    It's no secret rural Arkansas is struggling. From schools closing to infrastructure to population, many towns can’t stay afloat.

  • FBI, CART continue search for missing autistic teenager

    FBI, CART continue search for missing autistic teenager

    Saturday, February 17 2018 12:46 PM EST2018-02-17 17:46:31 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 10:44 PM EST2018-02-20 03:44:01 GMT
    Ashton Talley (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department Facebook page)Ashton Talley (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department Facebook page)

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies are in Mississippi County helping to search for a missing 18-year-old special needs autistic student as law enforcement continues to follow up leads on the whereabouts of the student. 

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies are in Mississippi County helping to search for a missing 18-year-old special needs autistic student as law enforcement continues to follow up leads on the whereabouts of the student. 

  • Fire causing downtown Osceola to suffer

    Fire causing downtown Osceola to suffer

    Monday, February 19 2018 10:18 PM EST2018-02-20 03:18:59 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 10:41 PM EST2018-02-20 03:41:40 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    After two buildings caught fire, the face of downtown Osceola has suffered.

    After two buildings caught fire, the face of downtown Osceola has suffered.

Powered by Frankly