National Competition Recognizes Arlington Fire Department, Water Utilities
By Office of Communication
Posted on November 09, 2018, November 09, 2018


The Arlington Fire Department and Fire Chief Don Crowson recently received a Route Fifty 2018 Navigator Award for the Community Paramedic Program.

Route Fifty is a digital publication dedicated to covering innovation in best practices in state and local government. The Navigator Awards, which are divided into five categories, honor innovative individuals and teams who have taken a great idea and successfully implemented it to improve public sector services and the communities they serve.

The Arlington Fire Department was among 10 recipients from across the country to receive a Navigator Award. Arlington's Community Paramedic Program, a collaboration with Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, aims to help cardiac and stroke patients recuperate successfully in their homes and avoid a return trip to the hospital. Click here to read more about the Arlington Fire Department's Community Paramedic Program.


A unique partnership between Arlington Water Utilities and The University of Texas at Arlington that used a multi-sensor robot to inspect 48 miles of the city's sanitary large diameter sewer mains was among 50 finalists in Route Fifty's national competition.

The Large Diameter Sanitary Sewer Assessment Program, which started in 2016, allows the City to manage its resources more effectively by targeting main replacement projects where they are most needed. It has already resulted in millions of dollars in avoided project costs. Arlington was the first community in the US to complete a city-wide large diameter sewer main assessment using in-house resources.

Arlington Water Utilities was recognized in the contest's Tech Innovators category. More than 300 entries were received in 2018. Arlington and 49 other finalist cities were recognized at a ceremony at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The robot used by the partnership, called an MSI HD Profiler, gathers information about pipe fractures, wall thinning, debris deposits, and root intrusions with a high definition camera, lasers and sonar. Then, University students and professors use that data to deliver actionable reports to city engineers. Click here to learn more about the Large Diameter Sanitary Sewer Assessment Project.

The City of Arlington's 1,200-mile sanitary sewer system carries millions of gallons of wastewater, providing a vital service for more than 390,000 residents and 14 million visitors each year.

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