Trumann Fire Department begins to rebuild after tornado


JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – After the December 10 storms, Trumann firefighters went to their station to find there was nothing left.

That’s when Fire Chief Revis Kemper knew he and his staff couldn’t dwell on the moment.

The station lost its roof, almost all of its bay doors, and could not be salvaged. The moment Chief Kemper saw what was left of his station, he was shocked.

“I walked in and it was still raining, I was so confused,” Kemper said. “I then looked up and saw there was no roof, it’s almost like I didn’t want to believe it.”

A few days after the storms, the department started thinking about what to do next.

After assessing the damage, they knew they were going to have to put the first station on the ground.

“We’re going to have to tear it down and put it back together,” Kemper said. “With FEMA and national standards, it will also have to meet NFPA standards and the old station didn’t meet any of those standards.”

This means that the crew expects the new station to have a different design.

It will be a design that Kemper says he wants to make sure his crew has a say in.

“It’s not the fire chief living in this thing,” Kemper said. “You know I’m here Monday to Friday, but my shift guys, they live there, it’s their second home.”

It was the first week that Kemper had met with architects to discuss what the new station might look like and how the station would be finished in about a year.

This means that he and his staff will work at Station 2 until construction is complete.

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