New Assistant Chief Response Vehicle
We have a new addition to our fire fleet. This is our Assistant Chief Response Vehicle. It is a Ford F150 with the enforcer package. The bed is fully enclosed for clean cab and weather tight storage.
New Sign Installed for Fire Station 1
A new sign was installed at Arlington Fire Station 1.
We placed Truck 71 in service on November 26, 2019. Placement of this new Truck has taken over a year from concept and construction to training and implementation. It has advanced life support capabilities (ALS) just like our engine had. We will now begin changing Engine 71 to Engine 72 in preparation of adding our second company in January 2020.
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.
Here is a current rendering of Fire Station 2 from Allen & Hoshall.
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.