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Texas Fire Chief's Departure a "Great Loss"

Texas Fire Chief's Departure a "Great Loss"

Arlington Fire Chief Robin Paulsgrove will retire to Mexico after 13 years as the city's top firefighter. [Arlington Fire Department]

Fort Worth Star Telegram via YellowBrix

March 16, 2010

“It will certainly be a milestone in Arlington history,” Paulsgrove said. “I am confident that I’ve helped establish the planning infrastructure that will deliver for that important event.”

After decades of relying on the Fort Worth bomb squad, the Arlington Fire Department created its own squad in 2006 with Homeland Security grant funding. Arlington, which was the largest U.S. city without a bomb squad for more than a decade, now has six explosives-detecting dogs and six handlers charged with conducting bomb sweeps at the stadium.

“Had we not started to develop that, we would have been way behind when we were fortunate enough to get the stadium,” Paulsgrove said. “This particular stadium has more under-stadium parking than any other stadium in the country. It’s critical before any vehicle can enter the blast zone that we’ve done a full sweep.”

Arlington Police Chief Theron Bowman said he’s never worked with a more talented and effective leader during the 11 years he’s known Paulsgrove.

“He has given his all to make Arlington one of the safest cities in the country. Our city is blessed beyond measure to have someone of Robin’s caliber managing fire, medical and other major emergencies,” Bowman said.

Paulsgrove also pushed for the installation of defibrillators in public buildings to help increase heart attack victims’ chances of survival and championed the mayor’s CPaRlington CPR training program, which Cluck said has taught about 32,000 people how to perform the life-saving technique.

Paulsgrove, who earned about $149,000 a year, said he plans to retire to Mexico.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.