Tallahassee Fire Department

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The Tallahassee Fire Department has the responsibility of protecting citizens and property in the 702 square miles (1,818 km2) of Tallahassee and Leon County, Florida.

Mission[edit]

Tallahassee Fire Department provides emergency services from fires and fire hazards, as well as first response to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards. Its mission is to prevent or minimize the loss of life and property, protect the environment, assist in cooperative emergency medical services, mitigate the consequences of natural and unforeseen disasters, and provide non-emergency support services, through professional and effective delivery, to all who live, visit, work or invest in the City of Tallahassee and Leon County.

Locations of fire stations in Leon County
Counties within the Tallahassee geographical area of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF)

The Tallahassee Fire Department works in cooperation with the Chaires-Capitola Volunteer Fire Department,[1] Bradfordville Volunteer Fire Department, Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department,[2] Lake Talquin Volunteer Fire Department, Miccosukee Volunteer Fire-Rescue, and the Woodville Volunteer Fire Department.[3]

Stations[edit]

The Tallahassee Fire Dept operates out of 15 stations throughout Leon County responding to both city and county emergencies.

  • 1: 327 N. Adams St
  • 2: 2805 Sharer Rd
  • 3: 3005 S. Monroe St
  • 4: 2899 W. Pensacola St
  • 5: 3238 Capital Circle SouthWest (Tallahassee Regional Airport)
  • 6: 2901 Apalachee Pkwy
  • 7: 2805 Shamrock South
  • 8: 2423 Hartsfield Rd
  • 9: 3205 Thomasville Rd
  • 10: 5323 Tower Rd
  • 11: 6787 Centerville Rd
  • 12: 4701 Chaires Cross Rd
  • 13: 1555 Oak Ridge Rd
  • 14: 16500 Blountstown Hwy
  • 15: 1445 Bannerman Rd

Planning is underway for a sixteenth station, to be located at the public safety communications center off Weems Road near Tom Brown Park.

Special operations[edit]

Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat) Team[edit]

All Haz-Mat emergencies are responded to from Station #2 on Sharer Road. Tallahassee Fire Department responds in a 13 county geographical area extending from Apalachicola River east to Lake City and south to the Dixie County gulf coast. This out-of-territory response is mandated by the Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF.) A second team is located at Fire Station #3 on South Monroe Street the primary Haz-Mat Team.

Technical Rescue Team[edit]

Heavy vehicle extrication, vertical rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue or limited structural collapse rescue is responded to from Station #4 on West Pensacola Street.

The Tallahassee Fire Department fields the Urban Search and Rescue Team for the 13 county area mentioned above and is available to respond anywhere within the State of Florida.

9-1-1 calls[edit]

Basic 9-1-1 was introduced in Leon County in December 1976. Enhanced 9-1-1 came to Leon County, Florida on January 22, 1991. The system now directs calls to the Tallahassee Fire Department, Leon County Sheriff's Office, Tallahassee Police Department, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Capital Regional Medical Center, Florida State University Police Department, Florida A & M University Police Department, and Florida Capitol Police.

Equipment[edit]

E-One[edit]

T.F.D. uses a variety of emergency equipment. One Chevrolet Tahoe is used for command but other manufacturers make up the fire fighting and rescue equuipment. Most of Tallahassee's fire fighting equipment has been purchased from the Ocala, Florida company of E-One.

Tallahassee Fire Department Ford 450 Brush truck on call
Tallahassee Fire Department 2003 E-One 1500 USgal/min Pumper
  • 3 E-One 50 Foot Teleboom mid-mounted ladder pumping trucks pumping 1500 gallons per minute.
  • 1 - E-One HP-75, a 75 foot rear mounted ladder pumping 1500 USgal/min.
  • 1 - E-One HP-100, a 100 foot rear mounted ladder pumping 1500 USgal/min.
  • 1 - E-One Bronto RLP, a 100 foot Pin-point platform placement truck pumping 1500 USgal/min.
  • 2 - E-One 95 Platform, a 95 foot platform truck that pumps 1500 USgal/min.
  • 1 - E-One 500 Gallon / Dual Agent Airport Rescue Fire Fighting.
  • 3 - E-One 1500 USgal/min Rescue Pumpers.
  • 5 - E-One Typhoon Pumpers pumping 1500 USgal/min.
  • 1 - E-One Cyclone II Pumper.
  • 1 - E-One Typhoon Rear Pump Rescue Pumper.
  • 4 - E-One International Interface Pumper.
  • 2 - E-One International Compressed Air Foam System Interface
  • 2 - E-One International Air Light Truck.
  • 1 - E-One International Medium Rescue.
  • 2 - E-One International Heavy Rescue.
  • 1 - E-One 2500 USgal tanker pumping 1500 USgal/min.
  • 7 - E-One International rectangular 2500 gallon tankers.
  • 2 - E-One Titan P-23 4x4 Airport Crash Tenders with 3300 gallon tanks, bumper mounted turrets pumping foam/water.
  • 1 - E-One Haz-Mat
  • 1 - E-one Mass Critical Unit

Ford[edit]

  • 1 - Ford F450 Brush Truck.
  • 3 - Ford F550 Brush Trucks.

Other equipment[edit]

T.F.D. owns one Sutphen SP95, a 95-foot (29 m) mid-mount platform truck as a reserve. One Walters 1500 Gallon Airport Rescue Fire Fighting as a reserve. One Mack/Quality Pumper pumping 1,000 US gal/min (0.063 m3/s) and 2 Quality pumper pumping 1000 USgal/min (reserve). Three Pace 16-foot (4.88 m) Haz Mat trailers [4] and 4 Rescue One 16 ft (4.88 m) boats [5]

Historical photo gallery[edit]

Tallahassee's first hook and ladder (1900-1919)
Chief Pinkney Coe on fire hose wagon
Fire hose wagon outside of the station.
Fire truck #1 outside Adams Street station (1916).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Chaires-Capitola Volunteer Fire Department
  2. ^ Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department
  3. ^ Woodville Volunteer Fire Department
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]

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