2020 Tennessee Fire Prevention Poster Contest Winners for Arlington Community Schools
Congratulations to our four winners from the Arlington Community Schools. Below are the winning entries for the state wide poster contest. The theme for the contest was "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen." Here is a direct link to the State Fire Marshal's site to see all the winners. https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/commerce/documents/fire_prevention/education-outreach/postercontest/2020WinningPosterPictures.pdf
Commissioner's Choice Award
Riley Bryant-Arlington High School
Commissioner's Choice Award
Griffen Yandell-Arlington High School
7th Grade Winner
Amilia Reed-Arlington Middle School
12th Grade Winner
Maddie Wicker-Arlington High School
Second Engine Company Started on January 20, 2020 at 07:00
The Town of Arlington has considered adding a second fire company for several years. In 2018 the Mayor and Board of Alderman agreed with the proposal submitted by the Arlington Fire Department which, in summary, explained the need for a second engine to support manpower needs on current emergency responses, specifically working structure fires. The report also provided information about response times to citizens south of Interstate 40. They unanimously agreed to support a second fire company and approved building a second station.
The new station is under construction at Airline Road and Donelson Road. Check out the information about the station on this page below. The personnel for the second company have been hired. The twelve new members began on January 6, 2020. They have endured 80 to 100 hours of refresher training to ensure they were ready to respond when we placed Engine 72 in-service on January 20, 2020 at 07:00. Engine 72 responds from current Arlington Fire Station 1 until Fire Station 2 is completed. Therefore, we have Truck 71 and Engine 72 as two full time, fully staffed fire companies available for any emergency.
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 plot 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. The architect firm, Allen and Hoshall, designed the new station which is currently under construction by Viktor Hall Construction. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved the $4.5 million cost for construction from reserve funds.
Here is a current rendering of Fire Station 2 from Allen & Hoshall.
AFD Fire Station 2 progress as of 9-25-2020
We anticipate to be in the new station sometime in April 2021. Here is the most recent photo of the progress as of Feb.18, 2021
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 2020.