“An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Ton of Water” Benton Fire Department
Benton firefighters take this motto to heart, and we teach this philosophy through our excellent fire prevention programs. Benton firefighters have an outstanding structural response time with an average of three minutes, and an ISO rating of 4.
The Benton Fire Department is a combination department with six full time firefighters including the Chief, and sixteen paid on call firefighters. The fire station is manned 24-7.
Chief Cockrum’ s primary goal for the Benton Fire Department is to reduce the number of fires and fire related injuries and deaths in the community. He believes this can be accomplished by:
Analyzing response data to identify those that are at greater risk
Providing a quality life safety education program to our citizens
Enforcing State and local fire prevention codes
Responding with the resources necessary to quickly and safely perform operations at the scene of an emergency incident
Benton Fire Department is proud to be member of M.A.B.A.S. Division 68. Benton firefighters also have specialized training and equipment to respond to complex auto accidents rescue, hazardous materials releases, still water rescue, dive team rescue, aircraft rescue, high angle rescue, first responder EMS, and structural collapse rescue.
“We’re bustin’ ours to save yours . . .” – unknown
Full Time Fire Fighters:
Cockrum, Shane – since 2004 / Chief since 2015
Coleman, Jeff – since 1997
Davis, Eric – since 2009
Melvin, Alex – since 2015
Shew, Jeff – since 1999
John Owens, Volunteer Firefighter with the City of Benton since 1993 is featured in a short video about how loss prevention professionals from Barnes and Noble, Kroger and L Brands share how they dedicate their time to make the communities they work in better places.