About us

Who We Serve

The White Bluff - Rye Hill Volunteer Fire Department proudly protects approximately 3,500+ people living in an area of 24 square miles. We operate out of 3 stations that protect a primarily residential area. Our department is a public department whose memebers are a 100% volunteer status. We are now a ISO class 4 department.

Our Mission Statment

The White Bluff-Rye Hill Volunteer Fire Department is a 100% volunteer based fire department that provides Fire, Medical, Auto Extrication, Search and Rescue, Fire Prevention and Safety Services to our community and several neighboring communities within Sebastian County, Arkansas.

It is our mission to not only to provide superior fire protection and basic emergency medical service to our areas, but to be a community leader and bring our community closer together through our group of dedicated volunteers. We strive to always exceed people’s expectations of a volunteer fire department and to always be there when one of our community members needs assistance.

General Information

2019 Fire Fighter of the Year Tom Price

2019 Fire Department Member of the Year for the White Bluff-Rye Hill V.F.D. is Tom Price. Tom was voted on by our department members at the Business Meeting on Monday night November 11th, 2019.  This award goes out to the individual who has went above and beyond the past year in multiple facets of the department.

Tom has been on the department for almost (3) years and has been very instrumental since day one. Tom has stepped up to take the lead on multiple projects including our UTV-1 build up of a Polaris Ranger into a brush firefighting rig, as well as a multi-use unit for Search and Rescue. Tom also took on the project of the total refurbishment of Tanker 2 and organized all of the repairs, painting, modifications , etc. He and several others put in a tremendous amount of labor hours on these projects and save the department thousands of dollars in labor. Tom is always open to help whenever and wherever needed and shows that true spirit of a dedicated volunteer. Congratulations to Tom Price as our Fire Department Member of the year 2019!

New Fire Department Chief

This past year Chief Jim Almond decided not to run for Chief in 2020, due to some health relate dissues. Jim has served our department for over 25+ years, with (9) of those being Chief. He will continue serving ourdepartment in many ways and continue sharing his vast knowledge of the fire service with all of us. At our November 11,2019 Election of officers, Mark Condren was voted to succeed Jim Almond as Chief of our Department, effective January 1,2020. Mark has over (9) years with our department, serving in many roles for not only our department, but within thecounty as well. Mark was serving as one of our Captains, is an Adjunct Instructor with the Arkansas Fire Academy, a FirstResponder, a Reserve Deputy for the Sebastian County Sheriff’s office and oversees the Search and Rescue team. Ourdepartment is very excited to see Chief Condren lead us into the future, and to continue with our rich tradition ofimproving our capabilities each year supplying our communities with the best possible services.

Election of 2020 Officers

The 2020 Election of Officers was held (Monday 11-11-2019) at the White Bluff-Rye Hill V.F.D. Jim Almond who has been our Chief for the last (9) years and on our department for (25) years made a tough decision to not run again this year for Chief, due to some health reasons. Jim is staying on the department and will remain very active, but did not wish to run as Chief. With that being said, Mark Condren was voted on unanimously as the Chief for the White Bluff-Rye Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Mark will officially take over the reigns as Chief on January 1, 2020. The other Executive Board members voted on last night include:

Dale Seiter – President * Ronnie Hisaw – Vice President * Debra Haddock – Secretary * Mike Moser-Treasurer.  

We want to thank  these board positions for dedicating their time and talents  to continue providing our volunteer fire department with sound decision making practices and fiscal responsibility.

Jim and Mark will work closely together over the next two months for a smooth transition in the Chief’s position.  Jim has a vast knowledge of training and actual fire ground operations and will continue to be very active in our fire department in other roles.  Mark has been on our department going on (9) years and was one of our Captains and our Training Instructor. Mark is also a First Responder, and Adjunct Instructor for the Arkansas Fire Academy, as well as heading up the Sebastian County Search and Rescue Team.  Mark has accumulated many training hours and will do great in his new role.  Mark will review our Fireground Officers over the next few months and will assign or re-assign positions after the first of the year. ​

We look forward to a great 2020 with our department and are always planning and budgeting to improve our departments services and capabilities any chance we get.  There will be more information in our 2020 Newsletter and Membership Notification coming out to our community members in the mail after the 1st of the year. We have a tremendous group of very dedicated people on our volunteer fire department and will continue working hard to be there for the communities we serve.  If you have any questions, always feel free to email us at: whitebluffryehillfire@gmail.com

Class 4 ISO Ranking


It is with great pride to announce that the White Bluff-Rye Hill Volunteer Fire Department has received an improved rating to our “PPC” Public Protection Classification from the Insurance Services Organization “ISO.” Our rating has improved from our previous Class 5 to a Class 4 and becomes effective August 1, 2018.

White Bluff-Rye Hill, Shadow Lake and a large portion of Jenny Lind residents and business owners may see reduced fire insurance
premium costs due to this improved fire class rating.

The Insurance Services Office (ISO), a national insurance industry risk rating and assessment service, has reclassified the White Bluff-Rye Hill Volunteer Fire Department Fire Class rating from Class 5 to Class 4.

The ISO rating of a community affects the insurance premiums that policyholders pay for fire insurance on commercial and residential buildings.

This new rating places our department in the top 21% of all (1,298 career, paid on-call, combo paid/volunteer and volunteer) fire departments in Arkansas and in the top 29% percent of all (43,000+ career, paid on-call, combo paid/volunteer and volunteer) fire departments in the United States.

2020 State of the Department


Fire Suppression

The White Bluff-Rye Hill Volunteer Fire Department is responsible for all fire protection in the White Bluff, Rye Hill, Shadow Lake, along with 70% of the Jenny Lind Community and will be the initial department responding to any report of fire within our 26 square mile district, covering over 1,950 structures.

Our department maintains automatic and mutual aid agreements with our neighboring fire depts. in Sebastian County, including the Fort Smith Fire Department. When there is a structure fire in our district, our department responds initially, followed by the next closest department.  

On smaller fires we responds exclusively unless we request backup.

First Responders

WBRH Volunteer Fire Department has an organized medical responder program to assist our communnity during medical emergencies.  The personnel that are a part of this program are required to receive extensive medical training, including how to perform proper CPR, use an AED, check vital signs, administer oxygen, bandage wounds, splint broken bones, treat a shock patient, treat burn victims, and many other life-saving skills.

Search and Rescue

In the last few years WBRH Vol. Fire Department has had several members take on an additional role of becoming certified in Search and Rescue (SAR). Coordinated through the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office our SAR members are called upon to assist and help search for missing/lost person issues within our county and state.

Our Dedicated Volunteers

Santa Run

2021 Santa Run is starting!

Use the QR Code bellow to track Santa on his route!

Click below for the 2020 Santa Run Flyer and to catch up on the Santa Run dates and times. As well as all about why we are proud to make this a yearly tradition.

2020 Flyer

Click on the link below to view the 2020 Santa Run Routes and to find out when Santa will be arriving at your home!

2020 Routes

Check Out Some Pictures From Previous Years!

FireDepartment Tour

Address for Station A:
12407 White Bluff RoadFort Smith, AR 72916

Address for Station B:
5325 Spring Mountain RoadFort Smith, AR 72916

Address for Station C:
14711 Rye Hill  Rd South Fort Smith, AR 72916

Phone: 479-226-6122 Fire Chief
All correspondence mailed to Station B

In Case of Emergency Dial 911