The North Little Rock Fire Department consists of four main divisions:


 Fire Chief - Chief Gerald Tucker
723 N. Maple St.
 North Little Rock, AR 72114
 Phone: (501) 340-5385
 Fax: (501) 340-5391

Chief Tucker was hired by the NLR Fire Department on March 21, 1990. He has been both a paid and volunteer firefighter. He served as the Fire Department's Training Captain for 16 years before being promoted to Assistant Chief in 2016. He was chosen by Mayor Joe Smith to lead the department in 2017.

Assistant Chief Beau Buford - (501) 340-5383

Hired in 1993, Assistant Chief Buford oversees the daily operations of the NLRFD.  He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Public Administration.  He is a certified Paramedic, Hazardous Materials Technician and Paramedic Instructor.  He has served as Training Officer, Driver and Captain.  Assistant Chief Buford is a military veteran with over 30 years of service in the Army Reserve.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Sergeant Major's Academy - Class 38. 

Training Captain - Captain Billy Jones - (501) 340-5386
 Captain Jones, with a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Sciences from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, supervises all phases of training, ensuring that fire department members are properly trained in fire suppression, rescue operations, emergency medical, and hazardous materials response.  He also serves as the Health and Welfare Officer for the department and as point of contact for the Citizens Fire Academy. He is a National Registry Paramedic, EMS Instructor, and Fire Instructor. He has over 25 years of municipal and volunteer firefighting and EMS experience. He is the department's principal grant writer, securing over 4 million dollars in grants over the past four years. Captain Jones was born and raised in the Indian Hills neighborhood of North Little Rock, and enjoys giving back to the community that raised him.

Staff Captain - Captain Ricky Cranford, (501) 340-5410
Captain Ricky Cranford was hired April 3, 1996. After serving as a firefighter and Lieutenant throughout the years, he was promoted to Administrative Staff Captain in 2015. He is the Department Recruiter, Hazmat Coordinator, GIS Coordinator, maintains the department’s computer programs and department needs.  Captain Cranford is also the Fire Department’s liaison to the NLR Communication Center.

Executive Secretary - Cindy Yancey, (501) 340-5378
Cindy has been with the NLRFD since November 1998. She serves as both the Fire Chief’s assistant and the HR, payroll contact for NLRFD personnel and manages all accounts payables.

Fire Marshal's Office

Location: 3417 Magnolia Street
Phone: 501-340-5370
Fax: (501) 812-5944

The Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) is responsible for coordinating fire prevention programs and public education.  This includes presenting fire safety presentations, fire extinguisher training, and children's fire safety outreach.  It conducts investigations to determine origin and cause of fires. It investigates arson and pursues criminal prosecution in conjunction with the NLR Detective's Office.  The FMO represents the Fire Department at Planning Commission and Development Review Committee meetings.  It is responsible for review of construction, alarm and sprinkler plans.  It conducts on-site inspections to ensure fire code compliance for new construction, remodels, sprinkler systems, alarm systems and kitchen suppression systems.

Fire Marshal - Chief Brent Almon, (501) 812-5940
Chief Almon has been with the North Little Rock Fire Department since May 12, 1994. He is a certified Fire Investigator and life safety code inspector. His primary responsibilities are building plan review, issuing permits, maintenance of property and inspection rcords.

Assistant Fire Marshal - Captain Dustin Free, (501) 812-5941
Captain Free came to work for the North Little Rock Fire Department on February 19, 1999.  He is a certified Fire Investigator and life safety code inspector.  He is a Public Information Officer for the Fire Department.  He is on the board of the Arkansas Fire Marshal’s Association.  He is the Chief Fire Marshal for the East End Volunteer Fire Department.  His primary responsibilities are on-site inspections to ensure fire code compliance for new construction, remodels, sprinkler systems, alarm systems and kitchen suppression systems.

Deputy Fire Marshal - Lieutenant Chris Patton (501) 812-5942
Lt. Patton joined the North Little Rock Fire Department on February 19, 1999. He is a certified Fire Investigator and life safety code inspector. Lt. Patton is an EMT and Hazmat Tech and has served on not only the NLR Fire Department but also serves as member of the Gravel Ridge Fire Department.  His primary responsibilities are food truck inspections, daycare inspections, school inspections, fire safety surveys and public education.

Public Information Office

Captain Billy Jones and Captain Dustin Free serve as NLRFD’s Public Information Officers (PIO).  They are  responsible for disseminating information to the public and the media.

Capt Billy Jones (501) 340-5386 or email
Capt. Dustin Free (501) 680-2624 or email


Battalion Chiefs

Three Battalion Chiefs command their respective crews. Each shift consists of 11 stations and 13 units. Battalion Chiefs direct and supervise the fire fighting force, including emergency incidents involving structure fires, hazardous materials response, river incidents, vehicle accidents, emergency medial response and lifesaving rescue work. Each Battalion Chief brings with them many years of emergency and management experience.

A Crew Battalion Chief - Alfred Cerrato

Chief Cerrato was hired in 1980. He has an Associate's Degree in Fire Science and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Chief Cerrato has been a Battalion Chief since 2006.

B Crew Battalion Chief - Phil Pounders

Chief Pounders began his Fire Department career in 1985.  He was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2009.  He has certifications for Chief Fire Officer, Public Information Officer, Safety Officer, EMT, and Hazmat Tech.  He is also a Type 3 Safety Officer with the Arkansas All-Hazard Incident Management Team. Chief Pounders developed the Fire Department’s Citizen’s Fire Academy - the first in the State.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Business Administration and in Economics.

C Crew Battalion Chief - Rick Albers

Chief Albers was hired in 1990 and promoted to Battalion Chief in March of 2018.  He is a Special Operations Team Member and a multi-disciplined Rescue Technician in the following specialties:  Rope, Trench, Confined Space, Structural Collapse and Swift Water.  He is a member of the Central Arkansas Task Force 1 USAR Team, EMT and a certifed Fire Instructor.  Chief Albers is a US Air Force Veteran, serving four years as a Titan II Launch Crew Member.


Phone: (501) 340-5389