CNG fuels public transit
Fort Smith Transit has two new vehicles on the road that the department’s director believes are “game changers.“ Ken Savage says the new buses are equipped with a bi-fuel system that allows the vehicles to run on clean-burning CNG fuel until the tank is depleted. Then, the system automatically switches to unleaded fuel, allowing the bus to finish its route or make it back for refueling. A local vendor converted the new buses to the bi-fuel system, ninety percent of which is covered through Federal Transit Administration grants. Payback for the conversion of each vehicle is estimated to be approximately 3 years for the federal investment, and about 3.5 months for the Transit Department’s share of the cost. Read more.
High tech public safety
A new fire station alerting system is in place for the Fort Smith Fire Department and the 911 Communications Unit. The system automates some aspects of the call-out checklist for dispatchers. Giselle Elmore, a communications operator, says when she enters the location of the emergency using a keyboard, a computer-generated voice is triggered. “This allows operators to focus primarily on the citizens on the line without any disruption. We can put our citizens' needs first, even as we are dispatching crews.“ The new software has the ability to send multiple dispatch alerts to multiple fire stations at the same time. The $397,268 package, approved by the board of directors in October 2013 (Item 5D), is part of the Progress as Promised package approved by voters in early 2012.
Please opine about food trucks
In an effort to create cool spaces, and open opportunities for entrepreneurs, the city plans to revise its regulations related to food trucks, and we need citizen input. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey
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Fire safety for college students
Are you a college student living on or near campus? Would you know what to do if your building’s fire alarm sounded? Spend a few minutes reviewing college campus fire safety tips as prepared by the National Fire Protection Association. In Fort Smith, someone from the FSFD fire marshal’s office would be pleased to come talk to your group about fire safety. Call 479.783.4052 or email email@example.com for more information.
Fianna Way neighborhood park meeting
rescheduled due to inclement weather last week
Following the board of directors meeting
citizen town hall
Texas Road neighborhood park meeting
help plan this new park
Fort Smith Fire Department St. Patrick’s Day Parade