Alan Haskins is the Fire Program Director for Black River Technical College's (BRTC) Fire Science program, and the former chief of Walnut Ridge Fire Department. He is also a 1989 Highland High School graduate, and periodically teaches fire safety courses in Sharp County fire departments.
While in New York, he assisted six others in re-writing a training manual for the Nation Farmedic Program, which is utilized by many rural fire departments and first responders.
Haskins co-authored sections addressing farm emergencies, such as entanglement within various types of farm equipment, and how to care for patients who may become pinned under farm machinery. Additionally, he authored a segment in the manual addressing crop duster crashes, accidents that have become more prevalent on the rescue scene in areas where agriculture is a large part of the local economy, such as areas in Lawrence and Randolph Counties, areas served by BRTC.
Because most first responders do not receive adequate, if any, training to deal with farm machinery related injuries, the National Farmedic Training Program works to help responders become more prepared for situations they might encounter.
Haskins plans to implement the Farmedic Training Program into the Fire Science program at BRTC, the training facility used by all Sharp County Fire Departments.
By adding additional safety courses for first responders and volunteer fire departments, many lives may be saved, as a result of the training.
Haskins said he was invited to New York by Jonathan Anderson, of the Newport Fire Department where he assisted in teaching the class and writing the manual.
The two were the only Arkansan selected to instruct the Farmedic classes. Haskins' portion of the class included hands on demonstrations utilizing real farm equipment and a mannequin.
He instructed volunteer firemen on the proper technique to extract a victim from a hay baler, along with four other instructors, each teaching components of the class.
Haskins and Anderson instructed 51 firemen from upstate New York who took part in the course.
Haskins is the son of Jack and Kathy Haskins of Ash Flat and grandson of Treva and the late Dale Haskins and Mary Cooper and the late Grover Cooper, all of Ash Flat.