SWEPCO Donates Land for Gentry Fire Department Station, Helipad

SHREVEPORT, La., Sept. 20, 2018 – The Gentry (Ark.) Fire Department will soon add a helipad to its Fire Station No. 2 on land donated by Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), which co-owns and operates the nearby Flint Creek Power Plant.

SWEPCO donated one acre of land to the City of Gentry in 2012 for construction of a new fire station at the intersection of Taylor Orchard Road and Marion Lee Road. The four-bay station was completed in 2015. A second acre was donated in 2017 for future construction of a helipad.

“The addition of this much needed substation was a key factor in improving our ISO Rating (Insurance Service Office) as part of our ongoing attempt to provide excellent fire and EMS services to the entire Gentry Fire District and to strengthen our mutual aid capabilities throughout Benton County,” said Gentry Mayor Kevin Johnston. “The additional acre will provide a safe and readily accessible landing and loading location for air ambulances in the case of any necessary rapid transport to medical facilities to provide patient care for those who may have suffered from a traumatic injury, potential threat of loss of life or limb, or even stroke. AEP SWEPCO is a true community partner and has been a long-time supporter of the Gentry community,” Johnston said.

“We’re pleased to provide a strategic resource that helps the city of Gentry continue its commitment to excellence in fire and EMS operations,” said Flint Creek Plant Manager Carl Handley. “It’s a privilege to partner with the city on this project that contributes to the safety, health and quality of life in such a great community.”

Flint Creek is a 516-megawatt coal-fueled power plant serving co-owners AEP SWEPCO and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC). SWEPCO operates the plant.

About Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO)
SWEPCO, an American Electric Power (AEP: NYSE) company, serves 535,000 customers in western Arkansas, northwest and central Louisiana, northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle. SWEPCO’s headquarters are in Shreveport, La. News releases and other information about SWEPCO can be found at SWEPCO.com.

About American Electric Power (AEP)
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 33,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,200 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.


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