Local fire department reacts after Arkansas firefighter's death

Local fire department reacts after Arkansas firefighter's death

HOXIE, AR (KAIT) - A small town volunteer fire department is reacting after a firefighter was shot and killed responding to a call in Little Rock last week.

The Hoxie Fire Department met Tuesday night to discuss ways they can keep safe while responding to calls.

Chief Chris Ditto says it all came after firefighter Jason Adams was shot to death last week.

Ditto said they will brainstorm several ideas that will help people pinpoint them as firefighters.  

He said they have uniforms; however, they are looking at reflecting vests to wear to help better identify them.

Ditto said one would think with the big fire trucks and lights it would be enough to stand out, but in some cases it is not.

"Somebody coming out of a seizure or something like that, they're disoriented and they don't know who we are," Ditto said. "We are going to have to come up with some kind of idea to make it safer inside the house because police officers can't always be on the scene when we are."

Ditto said once they have a plan in place, he hopes they can enforce the changes immediately.

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