North Little Rock Mayor Joe A. Smith has selected Gerald Tucker as the new Chief of the North Little Rock Fire Department. Tucker has been promoted after serving as interim Chief, following the passing of Chief James Murphy.


“Tucker is the leader our department needs right now,” said Smith. “The men and women of North Little Rock Fire are some of the best trained in the nation and Chief Tucker’s focus will be ensuring that well deserved reputation continues.”


With more than 27 years of experience with the North Little Rock Fire Department, Tucker was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2016. He served as a Captain for 15 years before that.


“He knows the department,” Smith said. “[Tucker] knows his fire fighters and he knows the direction where I want our department headed. Professionalism, safety, and readiness are my focus and they are his as well. He has done an exceptional job as interim Chief and proven to me his ability to take over the top spot.”


Tucker is looking forward to the permanent position, having assumed the duties of Chief four months ago.


“I’m humbled the Mayor has put his trust in me to lead this great department,” Tucker said. “My entire professional career has been spent serving this community as a fireman and learning, growing, and living with my brothers and sisters of the North Little Rock Fire Department. We have an excellent reputation to uphold and it is my honor to lead the way for the future of the department.”


Murphy came out of retirement to take the helm in North Little Rock and was retired when he assumed the job.


The North Little Rock Fire Department has 172 uniformed line personnel, seven uniformed staff personnel, and 3 civilian employees. Line personnel are divided into 3 crews: A, B, and C Crews. Each crew is on duty for a 24-hour shift followed by 48 hours of off-duty. Uniformed staff and civilian personnel are on a Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week schedule.


Each 24-hour shift operates out of 11 fire stations consisting of 10 Engines, two trucks, two rescues, one Battalion Chief, one Training Lieutenant/Safety Officer and other special response units.


Engines are equipped with firefighting equipment, emergency medical equipment, and a wide array of other tools. These engines are the fire department’s main firefighting apparatus. Trucks have aerial ladder capabilities and carry a wider variety of ground ladders. Rescues carry equipment used for fire rescue, emergency medical equipment along with extrication equipment.


Rescue 1 and Engine 7 are licensed and equipped Advanced Life Support units. A minimum of one paramedic is assigned to each unit per shift. All other units are Basic Life Support equipped.


In addition to fire and EMS calls, the fire department also responds to calls for service that require our Special Operations Response Team, Haz Mat Response Team and Water Rescue for responses to the Arkansas River