Palm Harbor Fire Rescue
|Palm Harbor Fire Rescue|
|Fire chief||Chief James Angle|
|Facilities & Equipment|
|EMS Level||ALS and BLS|
The Palm Harbor Fire Rescue is a career department. The department provides fire suppression, emergency medical, technical rescue, hazardous materials, water rescue, life safety education, fire prevention and arson investigation services to Palm Harbor, Pinellas County, Florida. Emergency medical services include advanced life support response by ALS capable engines.
In the 800MHz county wide trunked radio system, North County Units (Including Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, Dunedin Fire Rescue, Eastlake Fire Rescue, Oldsmar Fire Department, and Tarpon Springs Fire Department) predominately use 1B and 1C channels.
In July 1956, the "Ozona, Palm Harbor, Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department" (OPC) was organized to provide fire protection to the residents of those communities. The Fire District was chartered by the State of Florida in the early 1960s. When first organized, the department operated with all volunteers who also built the fire station. That building served as the main station until the construction of Station 65 in 1988. The name shortened in 1979. As of July, 2000, the Department's legal name became Palm Harbor Special Fire Control and Rescue District. For daily operations, the name used is Palm Harbor Fire Rescue. The District is currently 21 square miles (54 km2) with a population of approximately 62,000 residents. The District is mainly a bedroom style community with 70% of the residents working outside the District. Most commercial activity is with strip shopping centers located along U.S. 19 and U.S. Alt 19.
The District's final station was built in 1991. Unless the District experiences serious future growth, its need for stations has been satisfied.
For a number of years, funding was done through Special Assessments where residents paid a determined amount for each dwelling. In 1985 the District requested that the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation approve a charter change allowing the District to tax residents and businesses based on assessed value of property (ad valorem). There was some resistance to this change so the Delegation had a four (4) question ballot created for the referendum. Included on that ballot were questions that ranged from whether the voters felt the District should go to ad valorem taxation with a 2 mil cap, to whether the District should remain the same or become a Dependent District under Pinellas County. Because there were too many options, the voters were confused and subsequently elected to have the district remain status quo. In 1996 the voters approved a .50 mileage cap increase allowing the District to go up to 2.0 mils if necessary.
|Station||Location||Fire Units (ALS)||Admin Units||Speciality Units (BLS)|
|Engine||Pumper||Truck||Squad||District Chief||HazMat||Marine||Rehab||Special Rescue||Brush Truck|
|Station 65||250 West Lake Road||E65||P65§||S65||D65|
|Station 66||1123 Illinois Avenue||E66||H66||SR66||B66|
|Station 67||2300 Glen Eagles Parkway||P67§||T67|
|Station 68||3007 Alt 19 North||E68||M68||RH68|
§ = Designates reserve units, usually used when primary unit is out of service for mechanical or during times of disaster.
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