Tampa Fire Rescue Department

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Tampa Fire Rescue Department
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Operational area
Country  United States
State  Florida
City Tampa
Agency overview[1]
Established 1895
Annual calls 84,714 (2015)
Staffing Career
Fire chief Tom Forward
EMS level ALS
IAFF 754
Facilities and equipment[2]
Battalions 4
Stations 22
Engines 21
Trucks 5
Ambulances 14
HAZMAT 1
Airport crash 6
Wildland 4
Fireboats 4
Website
Official website
IAFF website

The Tampa Fire Rescue Department is the agency that provides fire protection and emergency medical services within the city of Tampa, Florida. The department is also responsible for the handling of hazardous materials, aircraft rescue at the city's Tampa International Airport, and marine firefighting.[2] A division of the department headed by the Fire Marshal is responsible for fire investigations, as well as review and enforcement of fire and building safety codes.

History[edit]

Old Fire Station No. 1, built in 1911, has been converted into a museum.

Tampa's first organized volunteer fire department began in 1884 with Seven "bucket brigades" organized to serve the city. A year later in 1895 the city council passed an ordinance authorizing Tampa's first professional & paid fire department.[1] In July 1914 the horse-drawn carriages were replaced with the first engines.

The city in which firefighters respond has changed. Included in its responsibility is Port Tampa Bay shipping 52 million tons of cargo per year and handling more hazardous materials than anywhere else in Florida. Tampa International Airport serves over 10 million travelers each year while the 75,000 seat Raymond James Stadium sees many travelers as well.[1]

Marine Firefighting[edit]

The TFRD is responsible for fire suppression, search and rescue and medical emergencies in and around Port Tampa Bay, the 7th largest port in the United States.[3] Additionally they are responsible for all waters of Tampa Bay as far out as Egmont Key. The Port Authority and marine division maintains two 69 foot (21 m) MetalCraft Marine vessel, a 30 foot (9.1 m) Sea Ark and 27 foot (8.2 m) Boston Whaler.[3] In addition, Tampa Fire Rescue operates several RHIBs for use in shallow waters.

Stations and Apparatus[edit]

Tampa Fire Rescue Headquarters at Fire Station No. 1, built in 1974.

The TFD firefighting operations are based out of the city's 22 local fire stations.

Address Engine EMS Truck Other
1 808 East Zack St Engine 1 Rescue 1 Truck 1 Heavy Rescue 1,Vent 1 & Chief 1
2 Tampa International Airport ARFF 6 Crash 1, 2, 3, 4 & Chief 5
3 103 South Newport Av Engine 3 Rescue 3
4 2100 East 11th Ave Engine 4 Rescue 4 Foam 4, Foam 4X
5 3900 North Central Ave Engine 5 Rescue 5
6 311 South 22nd St Engine 6 HazMat
7 6129 North Nebraska Ave Engine 7 Rescue 7
8 2015 North Manhattan Ave Engine 8 Rescue 8
9 2525 West Chestnut St Engine 9 Rescue 9 Truck 9
10 3108 North 34th St Engine 10
11 1500 West Waters Ave Engine 11 Rescue 11 Chief 4
12 3073 West Hillsborough Ave Engine 12
13 2713 East Annie St Engine 13 Rescue 13 Truck 13 Chief 3
14 1325 South Church Ave Engine 14 Rescue 14 Truck 14 Boat 14, Chief 2, Tactical Medics
15 4919 South Himes Aven Engine 15 Rescue 15
16 5126 East 10th Ave Engine 16
17 601 East Davis Blvd Engine 17 Brush 17 & Fireboat 17
18 5706 North 30th St Engine 18 Rescue 18
19 7910 Interbay Blvd Engine 19 Fireboat 19
20 16200 Bruce Downs Blvd Engine 20 Rescue 20 Brush 20 & Fireboat 20
21 18902 Green Pine Ln Engine 21 Rescue 21 Truck 21 Brush 21
22 10871 Cross Creek Blvd Engine 22 Brush 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "History". Tampa Fire Rescue Department. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "About Tampa Fire Rescue Department". Tampa Fire Rescue Department. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Marine Firefighting". Tampa Bay Fire Rescue. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 

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