2022 State of Tennessee Fire Marshal's Fire Prevention Poster Contest
Fire Prevention Week is October 9th –15th, 2022. Fire departments nationwide observe this week each year to mark the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and this year is also the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office hosts an annual fire prevention poster contest to encourage fire safety. The theme the National Fire Prevention Association selected for 2022 was “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.”
Schools from across the state of Tennessee entered their students’ posters for consideration. The Town of Arlington was fortunate to have three first place winners. Donelson Elementary School, Arlington Middle School, and Arlington High School each had a winner. Congratulations to all the state winners but an extra special congratulations to the winners from our schools and their teachers that encouraged, directed, and entered their artwork. All winners were recognized during an Arlington Town Hall meeting and again during an award luncheon in Nashville with the state fire marshal, Greg Farley. Arlington's Fire Marshal, James McMillen, was able to attend both events to support our winning students.
This year’s winners
1st Grade- Allison M.
6th Grade- Brooklyn D.
10th Grade- Maura F.
AFD Received the New 2022 Skeeter Ford F550 Brush Truck
Arlington Fire Department still responds to brush fires in rural areas of Arlington. Shelby County, and surrounding areas. The previous brush truck was totaled in March of 2020 after 22 years of service. The Apparatus Committee compiled specifications for this replacement. It is a custom-built brush truck with a high lift suspension for crossing the highway medians, embankments and accessing our rural farming areas. The cost for this apparatus was $188,379. We increased the pump capacity to flow 1 3/4" hose lines. It has an onboard foam tank and plenty of storage for our tools and equipment. We look forward to the next few decades using this new truck.
Arlington Fire Station 2 opened October 29th, 2021
On October 29th, 2021, the Town of Arlington opened Fire Station 2 located at 12364 Donelson Road. It is a 4.7M dollar, 13,000 sf facility designed by Allen and Hoshall Architect firm and built by ViktorHall Construction. It took almost 24 months to complete this project.
Engine 72 and Brush Truck 72 respond from this station. The station has the Department's first classroom capable of seating 24 students. This is the first time in our Town's history where we are able to have two fully operational fire stations with all full time employees.
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. We recently had it restored by Design Facilities. We are working to get new decals added along with new tires. We hope to use it for public relations and special events.