Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant Awarded March 2019
The AFD was awarded a $17,990 Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant to provide ballistic vests and helmets for the department. This generous grant will increase the personal safety of every on-duty fire department member when they respond to active shooter situations.
Improving the Department
The AFD was awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for $44,667 to install a state-of-the-art vehicle exhaust system in Fire Station 71. The system will quickly exhaust all the hazardous fumes emitted from apparatus. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in firefighting and this system is a preventable measure to lessen the exposure to deadly fumes.
We have purchased a new 107' Pierce Ascendant Quint aerial to replace our aging 55' Pierce Snorkel. This new addition to our fleet will enhance our operational capabilities on several of our tall commercial and residential structures were we currently cannot reach or are very limited. We expect the new apparatus to arrive in late 2019. The cost of the new quint is $1.1 million.
The Arlington Fire Department has one fire station located at 11754 Douglas Street. Arlington has only had one fire station as long as anyone can remember. A formal presentation was presented to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) in 2018 expressing the need for a second station located in the southern part of Arlington. This need is due to our current inadequate amount of personnel needed for a residential fire, poor response times to the south side of town and long distances to commercial and residential buildings.
The Town has purchased a two acre piece of land south of Interstate 40. This lot is located at Airline Road and Donelson Road. This is the best location and most economical place for the Town to build their second fire station. We have hired an architect firm, Allen and Hoshall, to begin preliminary plans for the new station. The BMA has also approved $4 million of reserve funds to be allocated to the construction of the new station.
The department understands the financial impact this improvement will have on taxpayers and is trying everything possible to lessen the burden to include applying for the recent Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant to offset some of the cost for hiring new personnel to staff the new station. If awarded the SAFER grant we could see a total savings of over $1 million dollars within the department over a three-year period.
Restoration of Engine 49
The Town of Arlington purchased a new Ford CA-1-500 gpm. Fire Engine from the Central Fire Truck Corporation on August 21, 1950. The Engine cost the Town $4,892.50. The Department still owns this truck. It is in the process of being restored to its original glory. We hope to have it back by the end of 2019.