|Fire and Ambulance Rescue Department|
The Rector Ambulance Service is a fully-equipped service which is operated through the auspices of Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. The local office is located on Highway 49 in Rector.
The City of Rector has a long-established positive relationship with AMMC and the community is appreciative of the hospital's role in providing quality emergency care for this area.
The Rector Volunteer Fire Department is a fully-equipped service which provides fire protection and rescue services to the community of Rector and the surrounding area.
The department operates out of two local stations. The main station was constructed in 1997 and is located on Highway 49. As an added safety feature, a satellite station was constructed on the other side of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, on Dodd Street, in 2006.
The city purchased a new pumper in 2006, which serves as the principal fire-fighting vehicle for the department. Also housed in the local stations are a 1995 pumper and a 1978 pumper. Other vehicles maintained by the department are a brush truck, rescue van and equipment van. The department features the latest in fire and rescue equipment, including a Jaws of Life appartus obtained through a fund-raising effort sponsored by the Rector Woman's Club.
The department's equipment, facilities and training have enabled the community to post an excellent Class 4 insurance rating, which has resulted in lower rates for local homeowners. The department holds regular training meetings and, through the efforts of fire chief Huston Bowden, keeps abreast of the latest fire and rescue techniques.
Members of the dedicated volunteer crew are Huston Bowden (chief), Terry Burdin, Jamie Diddle, Bill Dooley, Michael Horton, Ed Long, Matt McClung, Nathan Mills, Steven Sigsby, Wes Stallcup, Steven Ward,Todd Watson, Grant Elser, Heath Haywood and Heath McClung.