Category Archives: Fire

Articles WestNile 08-22-14

Arlington to Conduct Targeted Ground Spraying for West Nile Virus

The City of Arlington has detected its first West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito sample in a trap located in south Arlington near Youpon Drive and Bristolcone Drive. The City will begin targeted ground spraying following recommendations from the City Of Arlington Health Authority, Tarrant County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here for a map of the ground spraying location. Contractors will conduct targeted ground spraying on Monday and Tuesday night, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., weather permitting. The City will use an ultra-low volume application of Permanone RTU, an oil-based Permethrin, in specific Read more…

Articles Community 07-10-14

Six-Year-Old Honored for Being a Hero

Claire Sullivan was beaming as the Arlington Fire Department recognized her bravery. The six-year-old recently called 911 to save her grandmother’s life. “My Mimi! It’s like she’s dead,” the six-year-old said in the heartfelt 911 call. “What’s your address, honey?” the dispatcher Lari Tillar asked in the 911 call. Claire did not know her grandmothers’ full address, so the dispatcher guided the young girl to search for clues in her surroundings. “We got people coming to you hun, I want you to stay on the phone with me until somebody gets there with you,” Tillar said in the 911 call. Read more…

Learning Hands-Only CPR Can Save a Life

  The CPaRlington program offered by Arlington’s Fire Department continues to grow, with more than 1,000 residents recently undergoing training in Hands-Only CPR. This is an easier and faster way of learning CPR. Hands-Only CPR is just what it sounds like. The CPaRlington program teaches residents how to properly use your hands to perform chest compressions without using mouth-to-mouth. According to EMS Clinical Coordinator Gene Bates says, learning this technique does not require much of your time. “I can actually show you in 20 seconds and you can learn it within a minute,” he said. Bates went on to say Read more…

Citizens’ Bond Committee Recommendations Being Reviewed by City Council

After a series of meetings, numerous tours, exhaustive document reviews, public input and public forums, the Citizens’ Bond Committee (CBC) has ranked $192 million worth of projects as the highest priorities for a potential November 2014 bond election. The 19-member Citizens’ Bond Committee was charged to assess the  short-term capital needs of the City of Arlington, and to provide a recommendation listing of projects and anticipated capital investment necessary to the City Council. Including renovations to city streets ($118 million), parks and recreation centers ($65 million), fire improvements ($8 million) and library ($395,000), the grand total of the committee’s recommendations is Read more…

Indy 500 Winner, Local Dignitaries Tackle New Hurricane Harbor Ride

Bragging rights were on the line Tuesday when IndyCar driver and defending Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan raced a group of local dignitaries on the new Wahoo Racer water slide at Hurricane Harbor. According to Hurricane Harbor, the new ride is the tallest slide complex of its kind.  The slide was no match for Arlington City Manager Trey Yelverton, who dominated the race from the outset.

Protect Yourself During West Nile Virus Season

The weather is starting to heat up, and thousands of people will be enjoying the outdoors this weekend. The City of Arlington is testing mosquito samples for any sign of West Nile Virus as we head toward summer. We caught up with our Environmental Services Manager, Barbara Martindale, to find out what the City is doing to monitor for signs of WNV and what you can do to protect yourself. What is the City of Arlington doing to prepare for WNV this season? Barbara: The City has both staff and a professional contractor with experience in trapping and larviciding of Read more…

Arlington Fire Department Charity Renders More Aide

The inaugural Arlington Firefighters Random Acts of Kindness Ball, held this year at UT Arlington’s College Park Center on Saturday, April 12, raised $5,300 to help families in need. “We appreciate the community’s support, which will allow us to continue fulfilling the organization’s purpose: to perform random acts of good in the Arlington area,”” said Battalion Chief Joe Morris, president of Random Acts of Kindness. All projects are identified by members of the organization. Members are currently working on a fence rebuild for a widow that is struggling financially.  The first responders are also working to help a community organization Read more…

It Doesn’t Take Much To Drown

Arlington Parks and Recreations partnered with water safety agencies to perform a drowning simulation at the Allen Bolden Pool in Vandergriff Park. The Arlington Fire Department’s Dive team performed the simulation as an April Pool’s Day event. April Pool’s Day is a national pool safety program that stresses the importance of water safety. Arlington’s event included a mock drowning, paramedic-led CPR stations and speakers from water safety groups and the families of drowning victims. Belinda Fugate and her husband, Michael, spoke about their son’s drowning. Brandon drowned at Lake Ray Hubbard on November 29, 2008. It took 29 days to Read more…

Office of Emergency Management Receives National Accreditation

The City of Arlington is proud to announce the Office of Emergency Management recently received a national accreditation. Every year, emergency managers from across the United States evaluate various emergency management centers to see if they comply with 64 standards. Often times, municipalities partner with their respective counties to achieve the accreditation through the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), but Arlington is the sixth city in the nation to receive this accreditation on its own. The emergency management program uses the accreditation to prove the capabilities of their disaster preparedness and response systems, which results in stronger capabilities and accountability. Read more…

Firefighters Pay it Forward

The Arlington Fire Department training school will have the AFD flag with them as they run the Cowtown 5K as a team this Saturday. Past recruit classes and other fire departments will join AFD firefighters for the race. Arlington Firefighters Random Acts is an organization that is affiliated with a charity created by dedicated firefighters from AFD. As often as firefighters respond to calls, they also observe situations where people need a helping hand or something that will improve their quality of life. AFD finally has their Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) program up and running and they already started Read more…