Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Online

Home Commissioners History Fire Admin Fire Prevention Operations Public Education Public Information Honor Guard Extrication Team
Community Resources
Find Your Flood Zone

 

Public Records Request Form 

Click Here (.pdf)


 

Press Releases Archives


 
 

Stratford Court Senior Community Makes Donation

On June 17, 2013 at the monthly meeting of
the Board of Fire Commissioners personnel from the Stratford Court Senior Living Community presented the department with the proceeds from their annual Italian Bistro Night Fundraising Event.  The staff and residents held this event on Sunday, May 19th to kick-off the National EMS Appreciation Week.  This year a total of
$2,363 was donated to the department to help with the purchase of specialized equipment.  PHFR recognizes and thanks the staff and residents of Stratford Court!!

PHFR 2012 Firefighter of the Year

Firefighter/Paramedic Dustin Seabolt was chosen by his peers to receive the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Firefighter of the Year award.  Those who nominated Dustin did so because of two life saving incidents during 2012. The first incident occurred on June 24, 2012 during the time that our area was experiencing extreme weather and flooding as a result of tropical storm Debby.  FF/PM Seabolt rescued a 15 year old who was trapped in rapidly moving water. The second incident occurred on August 7, 2012 when while operating at a townhouse fire,  Dustin  searched, found, and removed an unconscious woman from the fire.

Congratulations FF/PM Seabolt!


PHFR 2012 Employee of the Year

Congratulations to Lt. Bill Fisher who was nominated by his peers because of his continued support of the fire department through extra work. Bill, using his skills in repair and maintenance can always be called upon to assist in the maintenance and repair of equipment around the department. Examples include station exhaust fans, the mounting of a tank on the brush truck, repair of small equipment, and the yard sprinkler system. Bill often does these tasks using his own tools and without being asked. He also is a very active participant in the fire department honor guard. Congratulations Lt. Fisher!

 

During our November PHFR Board of Fire Commissioners meeting, Florida District 20 Senator Jack Latvala lead a swearing in ceremony for Fire Commissioner Norm Atherton, Fire Commissioner Debbie Buschman and Fire Commissioner Joe Petrillio. Congratulations to all elected parties.

 

PHFR Honor Guard Recognizes Sponsors

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Honor Guard publicly recognized and thanked several
sponsors that enabled the team to participate in the 2011 National Fallen Firefighter
Ceremony held in Emmitsburg, MD.  On June 11, 2012 at the monthly meeting of
the Board of Fire Commissioners, the team presented plaques of appreciation to
Curlew Hills Memory Garden (top left), Moss Feaster Funeral Homes (top right),
Island Rock Grille (bottom left), and The Tarpon Springs Elks Lodge (bottom right).

 

Stratford Court Senior Community Makes Donation

On June 11, 2012 at the monthly meeting of
the Board of Fire Commissioners personnel from the Stratford Court Senior Living Community presented the department with the proceeds from their annual Italian Bistro Night Fundraising Event.  The staff and residents have this special Sunday night once a year in May to kick-off the National EMS Appreciation Week.  This year a total of
$3,472 was donated to the department to help with the purchase of specialized equipment. 

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Announces
Firefighter and Employee of the Year 2011


Firefighter of the Year
Lt. Jason Haynes

He received this award for his involvement
in the many facets of our department
operations including fire prevention duties. 
Jason is always on the lookout to share procedures and safety messages
throughout the department.


Employee of the Year
FF/PM Ashley White

Ashley has shown in front of her peers and
supervisors what hard work, dedication, and
a positive attitude can accomplish. Her
eagerness to be a self-starter without the
need for direction from a supervisor is an
asset to our department. She has spent
hours of her own time helping with public
events, picking things up, and countless hours towards small projects around the stations.


Cardiac Arrest Survivor Thanks Crew Members

At the monthly Board of Fire Commissioners meeting on July 11, 2011 Gordon Wysocki attended and spoke to the Commissioners on his life changing event that occurred on June 17, 2011.  Mr. Wysocki was having a CT Scan performed in Palm Harbor when he went into cardiac arrest.  The staff at the radiology center immediately called 911 and started CPR.  PHFR's Engine 68 C-Shift responded and on arrival began advanced life support care on Mr. Wysocki.  After 17 minutes Mr. Wysocki's heart began to beat again.  At the time the crew arrived at the hospital with Mr. Wysocki, he was responding to commands from the crew.  Mr. Wysocki personally thanked crew members Lt. Tom Greear and FF/PM Barry Prindle at the meeting.  Last week he stopped at the fire station and thanked the third member of the crew FF/EMT Mike Harvey who was unable to attend the meeting.

Stratford Court Delivers Donation

On Monday, July 11, 2011 Jim Westrich, manager of Stratford Court located at 45 Katherine Blvd, and his staff delivered a check for $4,253.00.  The donation was a result of the Third Annual Italian Bistro Night fundraiser held on May 15, 2011.  Jim and his staff spoke at the monthly Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting thanking the department for all they do, not only for Stratford Court, but for the community.

PHFR's Extrication Team Places
High in Competition

      Earlier this month the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Extrication Team competed in the 2011 North American Vehicle Rescue Challenge held in Myrtle Beach, SC.  The extensive off duty training, held mostly at recovery yards, proved to be worth the strain for team members Ryan Fisher, Mike Harvey, Josh Lovetere, Mike Ross, Matt Quinn, and Dan Zinge as they finished exceptionally well placing in the top three for all categories.  Their proficiency, care and treatment of patients, and rescue tool knowledge and use led them to finish in 2nd Place in the 10-minute Rapid Pit, 3rd Place in the 20-minute Unlimited, and a 3rd Place Tie in the 20-minute Limited challenge.  

      The team finished 3rd Place Overall in the North American Vehicle Rescue Challenge and 1st in the TERC USA National.  Members of the team also placed in the top two in all three individual categories bringing home recognition for 1st Place in Technical Tool, 2nd Place in Best Medic  and 2nd Place for Best Incident Commander. 

 

       Congratulations to our Extrication Team. Job well done!

              


Florida Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year
PHFR's Liz Monforti
 

    



 

PHFR’s Public Education/information Officer was officially recognized Wednesday, June 22, 2011 during a luncheon being held at this year’s conference held at the Marriot Hotel in West Palm Beach. Liz started working at Palm Harbor Fire Rescue on November 2, 2006.  She has been deeply involved with the fire department and the community of Palm Harbor since her arrival. Her nomination described Liz as very passionate, articulate, and a dedicated employee who has proven to be a leader in the Public Education arena.  She has successfully demonstrated the ability to create fire and life safety marketing campaigns, she has worked with both grant proposals and project fund raising and helped with growth of media relation and dissemination of information. Liz serves as both the Public Education Specialist and Public Information Officer for the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue. She creates and presents fire and life safety education and awareness programs to public and private businesses, groups and organizations. She serves as a Public Information Officer and spokesperson during daily emergency operations and as a liaison with the general public and media in a clear, concise, and professional manner. She researches, prepares, and submits grant applications and works closely with local and state Fire and Life Safety Educators. She is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Mrs. Monforti is active in numerous organizations and holds high rank in many, including: Pinellas County Suncoast Safe Kids: Vice Chair, Florida Safe Pools: Spokesperson, and Training Instructor, Florida Association of Fire and Life Safety Educators: Vice-Chair, Palm Harbor Kawanis, the North Pinellas Fire Explorers, and many more.

PHFR is proud to have Liz selected as the 2011 Fire and Life Safety Public Educator of the Year.


EMS Appreciation Week 2011

     As a prelude to EMS Appreciation Week, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue welcomed a special guest to the monthly Fire Commission Meeting held May 9, 2011.  On March 20, 2011 Cynthia Blackstone dialed 911 from her cell while at the grocery store requesting an EMS response to her home.  She had just spoken with her husband, Michael Blackstone, who was home complaining of shortness of breath.  Palm Harbor Fire Rescue’s Engine 66 A-Shift responded to the home.  Just 5 minutes and 26 seconds after being dispatched, the crew entered the garage to find Mr. Blackstone having severe difficulty breathing and chest pain.  They began immediate treatment which consisted of oxygen, taking his vital signs and connecting him to an EKG machine.  Four minutes after arrival Mr. Blackstone became unresponsive and his heart stopped beating.  CPR was started immediately followed by an electrical shock to his heart.  He was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital with care continuing by PHFR’s paramedics during this time.  According to his wife he remained in the hospital for more than a week’s care which included the new hypothermia treatment for cardiac arrest survivors.

     Mr. Blackstone contacted PHFR with the desire to meet and thank the crew personally.  At the start of the Fire Commission Meeting Chief of EMS, Bob Markford, gave an introduction to the commissioners of Mr. and Mrs. Blackstone explaining their story.  He then introduced the crew to the couple allowing them to offer gratitude that cannot be put into words.  In the e-mail received from Mr. Blackstone he jokingly referred to the demise of his favorite t-shirt that had been cut off by the crews.  He was given a t-shirt similar to the ones the firefighters will wear during EMS Appreciation Week.

E66A Crew:  FF/PM Matt Quinn, FF/PM Mark Harris, and Lt. Mike Sakal with Mike and Cynthia Blackstone  (photo to right)

 


The New National Terrorism Advisory System

The National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, replaces the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). This new system will more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector.

It recognizes that Americans all share responsibility for the nation’s security, and should always be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States and what they should do.

NTAS Alerts

After reviewing the available information, the Secretary of Homeland Security will decide, in coordination with other Federal entities, whether an NTAS Alert should be issued.
NTAS Alerts will only be issued when credible information is available.

These alerts will include a clear statement that there is an:
 

Imminent Threat:  Warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the United States

 
or


Elevated Threat: 
Warns of a credible terrorist threat against the United States
 

Using available information, the alerts will provide a concise summary of the potential threat, information about actions being taken to ensure public safety, and recommended steps that individuals, communities, businesses and governments can take to help prevent, mitigate or respond to the threat.

For more information on the new system Click Here for the complete document.

 


Dunkin Donuts Destroyed by Fire

Employees of the Dunkin Donuts at 33240 US 19 N called 911 at 3:35am to report a fire in the store.  On Station 65's arrival thick smoke was coming from inside.  Crew's attempted to enter and fight the fire from inside, but were forced out as the fire enveloped the attic space and broke through the roof.  Shortly after exiting the building the roof holding the A/C unit collapsed.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.  No injuries were reported.
Units Involved:
E65, E66, E56, T67, S65, D65 in Command
T53, D69, PH300, PH401, PH500, PH600, PH800, LK500, SS254, & SS502


2010 Annual Report Released


Early Morning Vehicle Crash

Early this morning March 2, 2011, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue and a Sunstar Ambulance responded to a vehicle crash in the area of US 19 and Alderman Road. A 66 year old male in a two door silver vehicle was spotted hitting traffic signs and clipping the tail end of a semi trailer before crashing into a concrete light pole. When rescuers arrived on scene they found the patient trapped inside the vehicle. Palm Harbor Firefighters were able to cut the driver’s side door off and used the Jaws of Life to lift the vehicle’s dashboard, freeing the patient so rescuers could remove him from the wreck.

The patient sustained severe injuries and was stabilized by paramedics before being transported by air via Bayflite Helicopter. It is likely that the crash was due to the patient’s medical related issues. No other injuries occurred.

 


PHFR 2010 Annual Emergency Run Statistics


Firefighter and Employee of the Year
for Palm Harbor Fire Rescue


On December 3, 2010 Palm Harbor Fire Rescue announced their selection for
Firefighter of the Year and Employee of the Year.  The selections came from
nominations made by members of PHFR for services that are deemed above and
beyond the daily expectations.  Firefighter of the Year recipient for 2010 was
Lieutenant Brent Breuer.  The Employee of the Year for 2010 was
Firefighter/Paramedic Ray Tracy.  Congratulations to Brent and Ray.

              
                Lt. Brent Breuer                   Firefighter/Paramedic Ray Tracy


Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Participates
in "Pink Heals Tour"

On Tuesday afternoon, September 28th, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue participated in the
Pink Heals Tour organized by the Guardians of the Ribbon and a local firefighter from Largo Fire
Rescue.  The Guardians are a group of firefighters based in Arizona that tour the country
in pink fire trucks wearing pink fire gear.  The goal is to raise awareness and money for
women battling all types of cancer.  Firefighters Andrew Bittner and Scott Arntz met the
pink fire trucks, four of them, at Countryside Mall.  Fire trucks from Lealman and Treasure Island
as well as a number of antique fire trucks led the four pink trucks south on US Highway 19, to
Ulmerton Road heading west to 49th Street.  The caravan then headed south and ended at
the Quaker Steak and Lube where a fundraiser was being held for women's cancer awareness.


Pet Fire Safety Day

Pet Fire Safety Day is this Thursday July 15, and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)
has partnered with ADT Security Services and the American Kennel Club
to educate pet owners about potential risks when pets are left home alone
as well as provide the public with fire prevention and home safety measures to ensure
the safety of everyone in the household, including pets.
With an estimated 500,000 pets affected by home fires each year,
Pet Fire Safety Day is designed to educate the public on how they can prevent
and prepare for emergencies and present solutions for reducing these tragic instances.

As part of these activities, ADT is distributing pet window clings that community members
can put in their windows to alert rescuers as to the number and types of pets in the house.
PHFR will be receiving the window clings this week and they will be distributed to each station.
If you desire to have a pet window cling visit any Palm Harbor Fire Station or the
Fire Administration Offices at 250 West Lake Road.
727-784-0454


National EMS Appreciation Week 2010
 May 16th through May 22nd
UPDATE!!!!! 
$1000 raised by PHFR for
the Susan G. Komen Foundation!!!!!

A fundraiser to honor Palm Harbor Firefighters will be at Stratford Court Assisted Living
of Palm Harbor from 4 to 6 p.m. May 16. Tickets to the "Italian Bistro" dinner are $12
and are available at Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Station 65 at 250 West Lake Road or
from Stratford Court located at 45 Katherine Blvd in Palm Harbor.
The dinner is open to the public. Proceeds from ticket sales, a silent auction
and a 50/50 raffle will be donated to the fire department and also
provide pink T-shirts for firefighters to wear during EMS Appreciation Week
in honor of the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure fundraiser.  Each firefighter
has been asked to make a donation toward this foundation as a show of support for
the community they protect and serve daily. A similar shirt will be sold to the
public at the dinner on May 16th.  The Fire Department will in turn donate all of the
 T-shirt sale proceeds to the breast cancer advocacy foundation.
The dinner will kick off National Emergency Services Week,
which runs May 16-22. Stratford Court is at 45 Katherine Blvd.
 For tickets and information, call (727) 784-0454.
 



Station 65 A-Shift

 


 

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue

Promotes Three Lieutenants

At the February 2009 monthly meeting of the Palm Harbor Special Fire and Rescue
Control District three firefighters were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  During the
promotional ceremony Chief Angle stated "
the department satisfies a goal that we have had for
many years, specifically the appointment and assignments of Lieutenants on Squad 65. 
This will enhance our operations both at incidents and during day to day activities. 
I am excited about this change, and congratulate Lt. Fisher, Lt. Malpass, and Lt. Breuer."
In addition to the promotions Chief Maciuba presented Firefighter/EMT Joshua Lovetere
with his yellow fire helmet signifying the completion of his one year probationary period.

(Left to Right) Chief Angle, Lt. Brent Breuer, Lt. William Fisher,
and Lt. Rodney Malpass.


Deputy Chief Maciuba and Firefighter/EMT Joshua Lovetere


Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Announces 2009
Firefighter and Employee of the Year

 

Another successful year was celebrated during the Annual Palm Harbor Fire Rescue
Awards Banquet. The ceremony recognized years of service, extraordinary actions
by crew members during emergency calls and Firefighter and Employee of the Year awards.
This year Lieutenant Scott Sanford was named “Firefighter of the Year” nominated by
his fellow employees for his professionalism, dedication to his position, the department and
the community. Lt. Sanford has served the department for nine years as a firefighter/paramedic
and now in his current position as Lieutenant. He continually strives to improve by
participating in outside educational classes and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree.
Lt. Sanford serves as a member on several countywide committees for the betterment
of Fire and EMS services not only in Palm Harbor but countywide, with much of the work
done off duty. Congratulations Lt. Sanford!

The second major award of the night, “Employee of the Year” was presented to
Office Manager Eileen Brown. “Mrs. Brown is an asset to our department and does an
outstanding job balancing the needs of the department, employees, and public” said
Fire Chief James Angle. Mrs. Brown is in the process of obtaining her college degree and
recently obtained her district manager certification from the Florida Association of
Special Districts and Florida State University. She was nominated by members of the
department as they point to her skills, dedication, and willingness to assist members with a
variety of questions and concerns. Congratulations Eileen!

                                       
 


Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Honor Guard
Participates in 2009 Oldsmar 9/11 Ceremony

At 09:59 Pinellas County 911 Dispatch Center transmitted tones to all units and stations
requesting a moment of silence in memory of the nearly 3000 victims, including 343 FDNY Firefighters, of the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks.  Oldsmar Fire Rescue once again
hosted a memorial ceremony at Station 54.  PHFR's Honor Guard along with
East Lake Fire Rescue's presented the colors, raised the flag out front, and led
Chief McGuff to the Memory Garden as he lay a wreath at the base of the monument. 
The "Last Call" bells were rang then followed by a fly-over by an
Army med-a-vac helicopter (above picture).

 

      
    PHFR's Honor Guard                                             U. S. Congressman Gus Bilirakis

  


 

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Once Again
Helps With First Days of School

                       

On August 25, 26, and 27, 2009 Pinellas County Schools began their 2009/2010 year.  During the first three mornings, fire departments throughout the county positioned fire apparatus and staff vehicles along side the crossing guards for most of the elementary schools.  Palm Harbor Fire Rescue assisted at Ozona Elementary, Sutherland Elementary, and Lake St. George Elementary.  Crews stood by the crossing guards holding signs while the fire apparatus and staff vehicles, with their emergency lights activated, alerted drivers of the children walking and biking to school.  Many parents rolled their car windows down and thanked the crews for participating in this program every year.
 


Fire Destroys Vacant Home
April 29, 2009

On Wednesday evening, April 24th at 10:18 PM neighbors reported a fire in a vacant home
located on Fisher Road.  On arrival E65A reported fire throughout the structure and venting out of the roof as well as live power lines on the ground in front of the home.  A defensive attack was started as a water supply was established for the first arriving ladder truck, SHFD T53.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation by PHFR and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. 
No injuries were reported.
Units Involved: E65, E66, E62, T53, S65 & D65 in command
Working Fire Units: E61, E68, RH68, PH100, PH200, PH500, PH600, EL300

       

 


Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Participates
In 2009 Cancer Society's Relay for Life

    

Once again Palm Harbor Fire Rescue participated the the Cancer Society's Relay for Life
fund raising event held April 24th at Tarpon Springs High School.
As in years past our team not only participated in the fund raising walk, but also
sold Chili to other participants and spectators.

 


Large Exterior Fire Extinguished
Before Extending Into Home

     

On March 19, 2009, at 1:14pm Palm Harbor Fire Rescue received a report of a grass fire in a
yard located on the corner of 19th Street and Willow Oak Dr.   Because of the severely dry
conditions the fire rapidly extended to a fence, a palm tree and a large oak
tree next to the home.  On arrival crews made a rapid attack on the fire and searched the
home's attic for possible fire extension and found none. 
The cause is currently under investigation.

  

 


 

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Receives Accredited Agency Status

On March 10, 2009, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue received Accredited Agency status for the second time with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program.  

The concept of fire service accreditation was created to provide fire service agencies with a systematic, voluntary process for evaluating their programs and processes using an established set of professional criteria. Accreditation by a recognized accrediting agency serves as a significant indicator that Palm Harbor Fire Rescue is meeting established standards and stated objectives.

 

 

 

 

 


PHFR Participates in 2008
Annual Holiday Parade

      


Firefighter and Employee of
the Year Announced at
Annual Awards Dinner

                                   On Friday, December 5th, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue hosted it’s
Annual Awards Dinner at the Senior Center in Palm Harbor.  Dinner again was
provided and served by the chef and staff of Coral Oaks Assisted Living Facility. 
After dinner was enjoyed by all, the annual awards were presented to this years recipients.

Firefighter of the Year
Lt. Charlie Anderson  

  Employee of the Year 
FF/PM Howard Levinson


Expo at Countryside Mall
Kicks Off
Fire Prevention Month

The Fire Prevention Month Expo that was held at Countryside Mall on October 4th was used
to kick off the annual Fire Prevention Month activities that will take place throughout the
county and this nation.  The Expo displayed multiple methods to aid homeowners in
the prevention of residential fires.  Additionally in the parking lot of the mall many of the
different fire apparatus from the area's fire departments were on display as well as
many antique fire trucks.

        


Fire Destroys Home
on Natalie Lane

On Tuesday evening, September 30th, at 5:47pm Palm Harbor Fire Rescue was dispatched
to a reported house fire at 792 Natalie Lane.  E66 C-shift arrived 3
1/2 minutes later to find a
four-story home well involved in flames.  E66 made an initial attack with a 2
1/2" hoseline as
additional units arrived.  Neighbors reported the homeowners were away at the time of the fire.
Due to the extensive spread to the top three floors on arrival a defensive attack was established.
At 6:42pm the fire was declared under control.  Units remained on the scene for overhaul for the next few hours.  Because of the severe damage personnel were not permitted inside the structure
since collapse of the third and fourth floor had started early in the fire.  PHFR fire investigators along with PCSO and the State Fire Marshal's office are currently investigating the cause of the fire. 
There were no injuries reported during this incident.

Unit Assigned: E66, E68, T67, E65, S65, E61, E62, S57, E56, RH68, and D65 in Command
Staff:   PH100, PH300, PH401, PH500, PH600, PH801, Lealman 410

  
                                                                                                                        Photo Courtesy of Matt Stepanik


PHFR Auxiliary Holds Annual
September 11th Memorial Dinner

The PHFR Auxiliary, Fully Involved, held its annual September 11th Memorial and
Appreciation Event for the Firefighters was supported by many businesses assisting
from within our community.  We were able to remember this tragedy together and also
honor our firefighters.  We can’t thank our firefighters for all that they do and
their safety is important to us! 
 
We appreciate Boston Market for catering dinner again for our firefighters.


   


PHFR Honor Guard
Participates in 9/11 Memorial Service

On the morning of September 11, 2008 a memorial service was held at the Oldsmar
Fire Department's Station 54.  Once again Palm Harbor Fire Rescue's Honor Guard
participated in this solemn event.  The service was attended by citizens, dignitaries, and
firefighters from throughout Tampa Bay along with some members of FDNY.


Which Smoke Detector
Should You Use?

The USFA provides the following guidance to the public that may be grappling with the issue of the proper type of smoke alarm to select for use in a residence:

  • It cannot be stated categorically that one type of smoke alarm is better than any other type of smoke alarm in every fire situation that could possibly arise in a residence.
  • Because both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting distinctly different yet potentially fatal fires, and because no one can predict what type of fire might start in a home, the USFA recommends that every residence and place where people sleep be equipped with either (a) both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms, or (b) dual sensor smoke alarms (which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors).
  • The location of a smoke alarm within a home may be more important than the type of smoke alarm present, depending on the location of a fire. The USFA recommends that users follow the manufacturer’s guidance on the recommended location of smoke alarms in a home.
               Additional information on smoke alarms can be found on the USFA, CPSC, and NIST Web sites.

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue
Commits to Firefighters Safety

    On June 24, 25, and 26, 2008, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue observed the National Firefighter Safety Stand Down.  For one week in June every year, firefighters across the country take time from their busy, daily routines to focus on firefighter safety and survival.  This week is devoted strictly to the safety and survival of firefighters.  Every year approximately 100 firefighters die in the line of duty.  Topics over the years have focused on such subjects as health and fitness, working in traffic safely, and driving safety.  This year all firefighters were asked to sign a pledge that seat belts would be worn 100% of the time, no matter what the situation may be.  All 60 firefighters in Palm Harbor Fire Rescue made the commitment and signed the pledge.  With the seriousness of not wearing a seat belt, which PHFR witnesses everyday, the signing of the pledge was also considered as 'leading by example.'  The members of PHFR encourage EVERYONE to "Buckle Up" for safety.

 


Congratulations!!!!!
PHFR Extrication Team Places 5th in the World

July 14, 2008:  Our Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Extrication Team has placed third in the rapid removal portion and 5th in the overall competition out of 32 world wide teams!!!  The following is from the team commander, District Chief Dan Zinge:  As a team and a department we would like to thank South Wales Fire Rescue Service for all of their support and for hosting such a great event.  Also, the team would like to extend a special thank you to SWFRS Station 24 Manager Steve Logan and the rest of Caerphilly Station for their kindness and friendship.  And a big thank you to everyone locally that assisted in making this trip possible.

              


PHFR Extrication Team to
Represent USA in World Challenge

                 On April 17th 2008, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue received a letter from the Chairman of the World Rescue Organization (WRO) inviting Palm Harbor Fire Rescue to participate in the 2008 World Rescue Extrication Challenge.   This year’s event will be held in Cardiff, Wales UK on July 9th-12th.  The WRO is a worldwide organization that promotes rescuer training, safety, and new tool technology in addition to conducting extrication challenges all around the world.  This year 31 teams from 16 different countries will meet in Cardiff to determine the real world extrication champions.  With over 200 registered extrication teams in the United States, The WRO selected Palm Harbor Fire Rescue’s Extrication Team as the only team to represent the United States. ( http://www.worldrescue-wales.org.uk/ ) District Chief and Team Captain, Dan Zinge, introduced the team members, Firefighter/Paramedic Rodney Malpass, Firefighter/Paramedic Doug Zimmerman, Firefighter Rick Weschler, Firefighter Mike Harvey, and Firefighter/Paramedic Bill Fisher and expressed the honor the team felt when chosen to participate in such a prestigious event.

                            


Palm Harbor Library
Summer Kick-Off

On June 12th Palm Harbor Fire Rescue E65 and Squad 65 helped kick off summer with a water day at Palm Field. Each year Palm Harbor Library sets up a special day for the kids to come out and splash around before heading back to the library to pick out some books for summer reading. Several kids attended this year cheering and shouting as streams of water doused the field. Firefighters ended the day with pictures next to the engine and encouraged kids and parents to have a safe and happy summer.

              


Mobile Home Severely
Damaged by Fire, May 21, 2008

May 21, 2008 at 11:12pm:
A fire was reported by neighbors of Lot 27 at Frontier Village Mobile Home Park located at 30700 US 19 North.  The first units arriving reported heavy smoke and flames showing.  A fast aggressive attack on the fire was made.  After a search was conducted the trailer was confirmed as being vacant.  No injuries were reported but the mobile home did sustain heavy damage.  Fire units from Dunedin, East Lake, and Tarpon Springs assisted on the scene.  PHFR's fire investigator, along with detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Units Assigned: E62,E66,E70,T67,S65 and  District 65 as Command
Working Fire Units: S57, PH100, PH600, PH500, PH401, DU300

                   


Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Observes
EMS Week May 18-24, 2008

On February 15, 2008, Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed a proclamation observing Emergency Medical Services Week during the month of May 18-24, 2008.  Palm Harbor Fire Rescue showed their appreciation to the EMT's and Paramedics with a lunch at Station 65.  On Thursday May 22nd, Palm Harbor resident Darrin Schneider and his daughter Joanna stopped by to make a donation for the PHFR Extrication Team in memory of his wife, Dorothy Schneider who was involved in a fatal vehicle accident on May 11, 2008.  They desired to personally thank the A-Shift members that worked for almost 90 minutes to extricate Mrs. Schneider from her vehicle.


Palm Harbor Fire Rescue
Participates in the
American Cancer
Society Walk for Life

On Friday night, May 2, 2008, members of Palm Harbor Fire Rescue and their families once again participated in the Cancer Society's Relay For Life.  Teams must keep at least one member walking around the track for the duration of the event.  In addition teams may sell food or items to add to their donation total.  Also raising funds was the "dunk tank" where those who purchase baseballs attempt to drop local business people into a tank of water.  PHFR's former fire commissioner Dr. Ken Peluso volunteered to be the first "dunkee!" Once again PHFR sold "firehouse wheel barrow chili" made by Firefighter Rick Weschler.  As of May 13th a total of $93,429.02 has been raised from the event with
PHFR's total currently at $633.00.

                   
                      Former Fire Commissioner                                    Firefighter Rick Weschler
                              Dr. Ken Peluso                                                 working on his Firehouse Chili


Palm Harbor/Oldsmar Firefighter
Association Local 2980
Annual MDA
Golf Tournament

On Friday, May 9th the Annual MDA Golf Tournament sponsored
by Palm Harbor/Oldsmar Firefighter Association Local 2980 was held
at the Lansbrook Golf Course.  At 1:00pm 116 golfers started an
18-hole scramble after PHFR District Chief Tom Fritz played
Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.  All players reported having
a great time golfing and at the awards dinner afterwards. 
When the final donations were counted, a total of
$10,287.63
 
was raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

    


Vehicle Crash and Fire
Claims Two Lives on US 19

On Monday, January 7, 2008 at approximately 10:55am, a vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and an SUV claimed two lives.  The intensity of the crash ignited the fuel from the ruptured tank on the motorcycle creating a fire visible for miles around.  A Sunstar ambulance crew happened upon the accident within the first minute and attempted to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher as did numerous citizens.  Due to the fuel involved their efforts did not succeed.  E65C arrived within minutes and extinguished the fire and confirmed that both victims were still inside the burnt remains of the vehicles.  Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident and attempting to identify the victims.  The accident shut northbound US 19 for several hours.


Fire Destroys Four Townhomes

At 10:28pm Wednesday night, January 2nd, as an arctic cold front dropped temperatures in the 30’s and produced gusty wind conditions, a fire was reported in a six unit townhouse building.  As the first units arrived within 5 minutes the fire had already spread to three units with impingement into a fourth along with the collapse of the roof and second floor in the unit the fire originated in.  A second alarm was immediately called for and an aggressive attack was started to prevent the total loss of all six units.  Approximately 2 hours later the fire was under control with four units either totaled or severely damaged causing the displacement of five families.  The other two units received some smoke and water damage.
The fire was difficult to contain due to the construction type of the townhouses.  Each unit had multiple configurations to the attic spaces which the fire gained a hold on prior to the first units’ arrival.  Palm Harbor Fire Rescue received automatic aid from multiple surrounding agencies.  At one point two ladder trucks and six handlines were being operated by the 45 personnel on the scene to control the blaze. 

Click Here for photos and video


Fire Quickly Extinguished
on Christmas Eve

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue A-Shift quickly extinguished a workshop/barn that was discovered burning on Christmas Eve shortly after noon.   The fire, located at 1023 Belcher Road, was first reported at 12:06pm.  Four minutes later E66A arrived and found a workshop/barn with flames coming out the front and south side.  Crews made a fast attack and quickly knocked the fire down despite the fact there was gasoline containers rupturing and leaking burning fuel on the south side of the building.   

 

 


Units Assigned:  E65, E66, E68, T67, S65, D65, PH300, PH500, PH600 in Command




Palm Harbor Fire Rescue
2007 Annual Awards
Palm Harbor Fire Rescue presented it's Firefighter of the Year and Employee of the
Year awards at it's Annual Award Dinner held on December 7, 2007.  In addition
to these awards crew citations, annual years of service awards, and a special
recognition for the department's Honor Guard were also presented.

        Firefighter of the Year for 2007
        was presented to Lt. Ron Gray.

The nominations for Ron described his expertise in both medical and firefighting skills demonstrated over his career, with special emphasis on two incidents this past year.  The first was a pediatric drowning patient whose treatment required a difficult IV access and a difficult placement of a breathing tube to assist breathing.  Both skills were performed by Lt. Gray.  The second incident, a serious motor vehicle accident, that required a breathing tube inserted prior to the patient being extricated from the vehicle.  Again Lt. Gray was able to get this difficult medical intervention completed.

         Employee of the Year for 2007
       was presented to Lt. Tom Greear.

T
he nominations for Lt. Greear commented on his work ethic and dedication to the department.  Recently promoted, Tom was assigned to Station 65 upon the opening.  Tom has built several cases, work benches, and oxygen bottle holders around the station, often using his own tools and supplies.  He also serves on the Department’s Safety Committee and is the maintenance officer for Station 65.Tom always has a good attitude and is a valuable asset to the department.

 

 

Palm Harbor Honor Guard
Participates in National Firefighter
Memorial Ceremony

On Sunday, October 7, 2007, six members of PHFR's Honor Guard not only participated in the National Firefighter Memorial in Emmitsburg, MD, they were in involved in planning of the ceremony.  Lt. Michelle Brown, Lt Keith Maciuba, Lt. Milton Smith, FF Bill Fisher, FF Kevin Ratzmann, and FF Ron Romeguera all describe this as an experience of a lifetime.  All guard members folded the flags presented to the families of the firefighters that died in the line of duty.  PHFR had members presenting the flags and guarding the Wreath and Plaques.  The highest honor went to Lt. Smith who was one of the guard members that carried the wreath and escorted President Bush to the memorial!!  The overall honor of being involved with the command of such an honored tradition will forever remain in the hearts of these members.  

 For more pictures click
HERE

 

       


Fire at Knights Inn, 34106 US 19 North

At approximately 00:30 on Saturday morning, October 6, 2007, a report of a fire was received from the Knights Inn located at 34106 US 19 North.  Upon E65B’s arrival they reported heavy fire from one unit begin to spread to the adjacent units.  A/Lt Rodney Malpass ordered a 2 1/2” attack line deployed and within minutes the crew had the main body of fire knocked down.  As hot spots within the original unit were extinguished, other crews checked for extension and completed evacuation of the remaining units in the building.  The area of origin in the unit was the sofa, but the cause is still being determined.  The two occupants received minor smoke inhalation as they re-entered in an attempt to extinguish the fire, but they refused treatment and transport.  No other injuries were reported. 

Units Assigned:  E65, E66, E62, T67, S65, D65 in Command
Working Fire:  E68, PH100, PH200, PH300, PH400, PH401, PH500, PH600, PH800 and Sunstar
2nd Alarm:  E62, E69, T69, T53, S57, D69, and SH300


CPR by Citizens Save a Life

On June 4, 2007 six employees of Innisbrook Resort were participating in a golf tournament
at Innisbrook.  On the fourth tee, Ray Donner, 69, collapsed and his heart stopped beating.  The five fellow employees immediately began caring for Ray and called 911. CPR was in progress upon the arrival of PHFR's Truck 67.  The crew on Truck 67 started advanced life support care for Ray.  After securing his airway to breath for him and one electrical shock to his heart, Ray's heart began beating on it's own.  As Ray was wheeled into Helen Ellis Hospital he was breathing and following simple commands.  Weeks later he was released with no permanent heart or brain damage.  At September's Fire Commission Meeting Palm Harbor Fire Rescue honored Ray's fellow employees for their life saving actions.  Those employees are: Pam Collins, Lynn Columbo, Tom Wargo, Phill Piant, and Leah Heagy.  Ray Donner was present and thanked them in person along with the B-Shift crew from Truck 67.  An ironic twist was Pam Collins had just attended a CPR class given by PHFR's public education officer Kris Scholz in May 2007.

September 12, 2007.  From left to right:
Phill Piant, Tom Wargo, Pam Collins, Ray Donner, Chief James Angle, Lynn Columbo,
A/Lt Rodney Malpass, FF/PM Scott Tischhauser, and FF/EMT Rick Weschler
(missing is Leah Heagy)
 

Station 68 Wall Mural Unveiled

               
     On September 10, 2007 Palm Harbor Fire Rescue unveiled a mural that was painted by local St. Petersburg College art students Victor Dukes and Marina Viudez.  The students donated their time for the project and Porter Paints of Palm Harbor donated the paint.  Plaques honoring the work were presented at the ceremony attended by members of the community along with PHFR Commissioners and employees.  The wall can be viewed anytime at fire station 68 located at 3007 Alternate 19 North.    

 


Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Participates in
Safe Routes to School Program

On August 21, 2007 Pinellas County Schools began their 2007/2008 year.  During the first three mornings, fire departments throughout the county positioned fire apparatus along side the crossing guards for most of the elementary schools.  Palm Harbor Fire Rescue assisted at Ozona Elementary, Sutherland Elementary, and Lake St. George Elementary.  Crews stood by the crossing guards holding signs while the fire apparatus and staff vehicles, with their emergency lights activated, alerted drivers of the children walking and biking to school.
              
V

Palm Harbor Firefighter Assoc. Local 2980 MDA Golf Tournament a Success!!!

On June 30, 2007 Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Association, Local 2980, with the assistance of the Auxiliary, Fully Involved, hosted a golf tournament with all proceeds going towards the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA.)  The day’s activities were held at the Lansbrook Golf Club.   The day began with a shotgun start with 75 golfers hitting the links.  After the day was complete an approximate total of $7,000 had been raised.  All the golfers participating had nothing but praise for a great day. 

   
 


Station 65 Construction Photo Gallery
Click Here for Weekly Updates,
Updated March 30, 2007
 


Fire Destroys Mobile Home

February 4, 2007, 10:27AM

An electrical short in the wiring from an outlet to the electrical panel started a mobile home fire in Frontier Village Sunday morning. Upon arrival, crews encountered heavy smoke and fire in the bedroom of the home. After an initial defensive attack, crews made an aggressive attack and brought the fire under control. The young resident who was in the home when the fire started was alerted, by a working smoke alarm. He attempted to put the fire out, but encountered the heavy smoke coming from the bedroom and quickly grabbed the family cat and made his way outside. The fire damage and loss of property contents is estimated at $26,000. No injuries were reported.

Units Assigned:  E65, E66, E62, T60, S65,
                            D65 in Command
Working Fire:  E61, PH400, PH100, PH600,
                         PH800, DU400

 


Christmas Day Fire Damages
HOP's Restaurant


Shortly after 12 noon a fire started by a lightning strike caused considerable damage to the HOP's restaurant located at 33086 US Highway 19 North.  PHFR's  E65C arrived first on the scene and reported heavy smoke with flames visible at the front door.  Crews made an aggressive interior attack at first until they realized the fire was in the attic over their heads.  Command called for a second alarm and then pulled all personnel outside for a tactical change.  Fire crews then made a quick attack ahead of the fire from the exterior.  This allowed crews to re-enter and extinguish hot spots after a few minutes.  Damage was estimated at $200,000 and repair crews were on the scene the next day working on getting the restaurant back open.  No injuries were reported.
Units Assigned:  E65, E66, E68, T67, S65,      D65 in Command
Working Fire:  T53, PH100, PH200, PH300, PH400, PH500, PH600, PH800
2nd Alarm:  E62, P69, S57, T60, S49, D69, D57, SH300, EL300, CL600

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue's
2006 Firefighter and Employee of the Year

On December 1, 2006 the Firefighter and Employee of the Year were announced at the Annual Awards and Appreciation Dinner for Palm Harbor Fire Rescue.    This year's dinner was once again provided by the staff of Coral Oaks Senior Living Community.  They also provided the gingerbread fire station shown to the right.  

District Chief Dan Zinge was chosen by his peers to receive the Palm Harbor  Fire Rescue Firefighter of the Year award.  Those who nominated Dan did so because of his role, not in a single incident, but for his service to the Department and the Community throughout his 21 years with the Department. FF/PM Doug Zimmerman was selected by his brother firefighters for Employee of the Year. Doug currently has 5 years of service with PHFR.  He is currently on the committee for the new building and a pension board member.  He has facilitated the insurance premium tax updates for the 175 plan each year.  He recently began acting as company officer when needed.

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue's 50th
Celebration Open House a Success

The 50th Anniversary Celebration held on October 1st at Fire Station 66 in downtown Palm Harbor was a huge success with more than 300 area residents attending.  The historic fish fry was a popular and delicious lunch choice, and the extrication team showed why they are International Champions.  Exhibitors from throughout Pinellas County displayed safety information and Bayflite was a big hit.  To wrap up the day’s festivities Chief James Angle thanked all who attended and introduced Mike and Gus Bilirakis, who spoke about the value and contributions of Palm Harbor Fire Rescue for the last 50 years.  Norm Atherton, one of the original fire commissioners, then commemorated 50 years of service to the Ozona, Palm Harbor, and Crystal Beach communities.  A great day was had by all.  Here’s to Palm Harbor Fire Rescue and the next 50 years of excellence!

Congressman Mike Bilirakis presents Chief Angle with a flag that was flown over the US Capitol Building

 PHFR Commissioners and office staff prepare to serve a fried fish meal to visitors of the open house

PHFR's Extrication Team gives a live demonstration of the skills that earned them 1st place at the International Competition

The Honor Guard for PHFR poses with a live bald eagle after the ceremonies at Station 66 and downtown Palm Harbor


Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Extrication Team Places
FIRST Again!!!



For the third time this year Palm Harbor Fire Rescue’s Extrication Team placed first overall at an extrication challenge.  The team’s latest win came at the 2006 TERC USA Nationals held earlier this month in Las Vegas.   Combined with their Florida Regional and TERC International wins, PHFR finished the extrication season undefeated.
In addition to the team’s placement honors, Palm Harbor also claimed two prestigious individual awards.  District Chief Dan Zinge won his third consecutive “best incident commander” award.  While FF/PM Rodney Malpass won his second “best Medic” award.
Overall, 2006 proved to be a defining year for Palm Harbor Fire Rescue’s Extrication Team.  The training and experience gained during the year has further established the high degree of expertise and professionalism that has become synonymous with Palm Harbor Fire Rescue.

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Extrication Team Places
FIRST in International Competition!!!

Congratulations are due again to Palm Harbor Fire Rescue’s extrication team as they return from Canada after competing in the 2006 International Extrication Challenge and bringing home 1st Place Overall!  PHFR’s District Chief Dan Zinge also brings home his second award for Best Incident Commander.  Twenty eight teams from the US , Canada, Sweden, and the UK came to compete on September 20-22, 2006 in front of judges from as far away as Great Britain and South Africa.


Lightning Causes
Fire in Villa on August 16, 2006

August 16, 2006:  Lightning started a fire in a villa on Bancroft Circle in Beacon Villas.  The fire was first reported at 5:42pm by neighbors.  Crews arrived within 6 minutes to find the front of the villa heavily involved in fire with extension into the attic.  An aggressive fire attack limited damage to approximately $45,000.  The only injury was minor smoke exposure reported by a neighbor.  
                                            Click Here for more photos
 
Units Assigned: E68, E66, E70, T67, T69, S65, D65
Working Fire: P69, PH100, PH200, PH300, PH400, PH401, PH600, PH800, SH300, Sunstar
Second Alarm: E62, E58, T60, S57, D69
Incident Command: D65

Fire Damages Home
Early Morning of August 2, 2006

August 2, 2006:  Just after 1:30am neighbors called 911 to report smoke coming from the roof of a home on Harbor Pointe Place.  Initial reports of the home being occupied were later corrected after learning the residents were on vacation.  On E65A's arrival they encountered heavy smoke and fire in the kitchen area of the home.  Within a few minutes conditions deteriorated as the fire raced through the attic forcing the crew to retreat temporarily until ventilation was completed.  The fire was brought under control after an aggressive attack . Two firefighters suffered minor injuries during the battle.  The fire origin is being investigated by PHFR's Fire Marshal's office.

Units Assigned: E65, E66, P67, T53, S65, D65
Working Fire: E68, PH100, PH200, PH300, PH400, PH500, PH600, SH300, Sunstar
Additional Units: E62, E69, S57
Incident Command: D65

Motor Vehicle Accident
US Highway 19 N & Alderman Rd.

August 1, 2006:  Shortly after 10:00am a vehicle accident just south of the intersection of US 19 and Alderman Rd claiming the lives of two people.  The accident involved a Honda that struck a pick up truck from behind then collided with an Isuzu Rodeo which then rolled numerous times ejecting one person.  He later died at Bayfront Medical Center after helicopter transport.  The Honda sustained tremendous damage that instantly killed the passenger and required the driver to be extricated by PHFR personnel.  He also was transported to Bayfront via a trauma helicopter.   One other passenger in the Rodeo was also transported to St. Joes Hospital. The driver of the pick up was uninjured. The accident remains under investigation by FHP.

Units Assigned:  E65, S65, E68, E66,  E69, T69, D69, PHFR Command Staff, Sunstar, Bayflight, and Aeromed
Incident Command: D65

Brush Fire
US Highway 19 N - Tarpon Springs

On June  9, 2006, PHFR assisted Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue and other North County Departments at a large brush fire off US Highway 19 North.  Units were on scene with the stubborn fire for over five hours.

Units Assigned: E69, B58, E66, B66, RH68, B54, W58, E58, Forestry, T69, E70
Incident Command: D69

PHFR Extrication Team Takes 1st Place!

On June 1 & 2, 2006, the PHFR Extrication Team competed in a regional competition with 14 other teams from the SE United States.  The competition was held on the waterfront in Clearwater and hosted by the Suncoast Extrication Coalition.  The PHFR team placed 2nd in both the limited and unlimited scenarios, but placed first in the overall competition.

                 

The team also received two other awards.  FF/PM Rodney Malpass was awarded the 'Best Medic' and District Chief Dan Zinge received the 'Best Incident Commander' award. 
Click here for more photos from the competition.
                Malpass                                 Zinge               

Station 65
Reconstruction Begins

On May 22, 2006, shortly after 8am, the demolition began the reconstruction process by tearing down Station 65 .  The estimated completion time is 10 months according to Creative Contractor.  E65 is temporarily being housed in a trailer behind the site.  For construction update photos, click here.  New Photos added weekly!!!

Apartment Fire
Pennsylvania Avenue
March 9 , 2006 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue responded to an second floor apartment fire on Pennsylvania Avenue. Crews encountered heavy smoke and heat in the fire apartment with flames venting out a rear window. The crews fire was quickly contained to the apartment of origin, however the reminder of the building was evacuated. The cause of the fire was investigated by Palm Harbor and Dunedin Fire rescue investigators.

Units Assigned: E66, T67, E65, E68, P65, D65
Working Fire: E61, PH600, PH100, PH200, PH401, PH500, PH300, PH801, DU401,LK300, DU300
2nd Alarm: E69, E60, T60, S57, E70, D69
Incident Command: D65

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue
Board of Fire Commissioners Promotional Recognition

January 18, 2006, The Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Board of Fire Commissioners recognized and administered the Oath of Office to six Department members for their recent promotion. From Left to Right; Lieutenant Scott Sanford, Deputy Chief Craig Maciuba, EMS Chief Robert Markford, Training Chief Tim Pilson, Deputy Chief Mark Snow, and Fire Marshal Jim Fletcher.

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue
Board of Fire Commissioners Recognition

January 18, 2006, The Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Board of Fire Commissioners recognized two local citizens for their assistance at a medical incident. Mr. Frank Assalone and Anthony Marchano were give Citizen commendations for their actions at a serious bicycle accident, assisting prior to and after arrival of Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Crews. Also recognized at the meeting were the PHFR Extrication Team members and several local businesses that have helped the team; including Caladesi Auto Body, Day's Collision, Joe's Towing and SRT Supply.

Press Releases 2005
 

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue
Annual Awards and Appreciation Dinner
On December 2, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue held the Annual Awards and Appreciation Dinner. At this annual event service awards are given, as well as crew citations. The Employee and Firefighters of the year are announced. This year, District Chief Dan Zinge celebrated twenty years with the Department. Members with 15 YEARS of service included FF/EMT Mike Harvey, FF/EMT Larry Beers, and FF/PM Barry Prindle. Commissioner Dr. Ken Peluso, Administrative Assistant Lynn Caputi, FF/PM Scott Sanford, and FF/PM Steve Gorby were recognized for five years of service. Crew Citations were given for six incidents this year Congratulations All to the recipients!!!
FF/PM Steve Gorby is PHFR Firefighter of the Year for his actions at various serious calls through the year. These included his part in the location and rescue of a victim of a structural fire, and several vehicle crashes with entrapment and seriously injured patients. Also noted was his involvement with the extrication team and extrication tool selection committee. Congratulations Steve!!! FF/PM Rodney Malpass was named Employee of the Year. Nominations cited his involvement in Department activities that help make the Department better. These include his role with new members and his contribution to training through drills submission and looking for subjects to make the job safer and more effective. He displays a positive attitude and strives to be the best employee he can be. Congratulations Rodney!!!!

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue presents
Citizen's Commendation
September 20 - At the monthly Board of Fire Commissioners meeting, the Department recognized a local resident, Jayne Marino, with a Citizen's Commendation. Jayne was at Marino's Marina in Ozona when a person collapsed on a dock suffering a cardiac arrest. She immediately went to the aid of the man performing CPR prior to the arrival of PHFR's Engine 68 crew. Responding Fire Rescue crews nominated and presented Jayne with the Citizen's Commendation. Jayne had received her CPR training at PHFR. Congratulations Jayne!!

PHFR encourages everyone to KNOW CPR. For information on CPR classes call 727-784-0454.
   

Structure Fire - Single Family House
Greenhollow Drive
May 3 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue responded to a reported structure fire on Greenhollow Drive. Upon arrival T67 encountered heavy smoke coming from the two-story split level house and began an interior fire attack. On the arrival of additional first alarm units an additional hoseline was deployed, however fire had extended into the attic and through the roof. Crews switched to a defense operation Once the main body of fire was extinguished crews reentered the house for overhaul, salvage, and fire investigation.
Units Assigned: T67, T69, E65, E68, S65, D65
Working Fire: E66, R68, PH100, PH200, PH400, PH500, PH401, PH402, D69
2nd Alarm: E69, E61, T60, S49, E62, D60, SH300, DU300, CL401, SFM
Incident Command: D65

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue presents
Citizen's Commendation
April 20- At the monthly Board of Fire Commissioners meeting, the Department recognized a local resident, Stephanie Terenzi, with a Citizen's Commendation. Stephanie was on-duty at the Palm Harbor YMCA as a lifeguard when a swimmer suffered a seizure in the pool. She immediately went to the aid of the woman and removed her from the pool. Upon arrival, PHFR Engine 66 found a stable patient outside the pool, thanks to Stephanie's actions. Responding Fire Rescue crews nominated Stephanie for the Citizen's Commendation for performing this rescue. Congratulations Stephanie!!

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Recognizes
Four Members that have completed their First Year of Service
April 20- At the monthly Board of Fire Commissioners meeting, four PHFR members where recognized for completing their first year of service with the department. This is an important step in their careers. As part of the recognition, they were given their yellow helmets indicating that the one year of service has been completed. Congratulations Chris, Phil, Brian, and Rick.

Boat Fire
Phillips Way
April 6 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue units where dispatched to Phillips Way for a boat fire at the dock. Upon arrival found a boat with heavy smoke and fire. Crews pulled two hoselines to both protect exposures, the dock and another boat and the second to begin extinguishment. Foam was used on the fire as there was fuel involved. Once the fire was extinguished, the marine unit and haz mat unit checked to waterway for spilled fuel that would require clean up..
 
Units Assigned: E68, T67, P69, E70, S57, E61, D65
Special Call: PH402, H66, M68
Incident Command: D65

Structure Fire - Apartment
Pine Ridge Way
March 31 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue responded to a reported apartment fire on Pine Ridge Way. Upon arrival E65 encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from one unit of the building with a resident trapped. Crews deployed a hoseline and began to knockdown the fire. T67 crews entered for search and rescue and quickly found a victim. The victim was removed and advanced life support care provided. The patient was transported to the hospital where he later died. The fire was contained to the unit of origin. Readers are reminded to have working smoke detectors in their homes and to have an escape plan. Once outside, stay outside!!
Units Assigned: E65, T67, E66, E68, S65, D65
Working Fire: P53, PH300, PH400, PH500, PH200, PH100, PH402, SFM
2nd Alarm: E62, T69, S57, P69, E50, D60
Incident Command: D65

2005 Southeast Regional Extrication Challenge Results - Click here

Structure Fire - Apartment
Alt 19 North
February 3 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue responded to a reported apartment fire on Alt 19 North. Upon arrival E68 encountered smoke coming from a first floor apartment of a two story apartment building. The fire was found to be in the walls between two first floor apartments. Two attack lines were placed into service and the walls opened up. Adjoining apartments, including the second floor were checked for fire extension. Smoke traveled to several apartments on the first and second floors. No injuries were reported. Palm Harbor Fire Rescue was assisted by units from Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, East Lake, and Safety Harbor.
Units Assigned: E68, T69, E69, T67, S65, D65, PH402
Working Fire: E70, PH100, PH300, PH401
2nd Alarm: E66, E58, T60, S57, T53, D60
Incident Command: D65

Vehicle Crash with Entrapment
US Highway 19 North
February 1 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue was alerted for a vehicle crash on US HWY 19 just south of Tampa Rd. While en route pre-arrival information indicated that vehicles were overturned and on fire. District Chief 65 ordered a second alarm. Station 65 units arrived on scene less than two minutes from the time the 911 center received the first 911 call. The incident required a third alarm assignment and an Air Transport upgrade. One patient required extrication. Safety Harbor Fire Rescue and Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue assisted at the incident.
Units Assigned: E65, S65
2nd Alarm: E66, D65
Air Transport: T67, D69, BF1, BF3
3rd Alarm: T53, PH200
Incident Command: D65

Press Releases 2004
 

On December 3, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue held the Annual Awards and Appreciation Dinner. At this annual event service awards are given, as well as crew citations. The Employee and Firefighters of the year are announced. The year the following member celebrated twenty years with the Department; Charlie Anderson, Jim Fletcher, Vikki Ireland (retired), Dawn Maciuba, Tim Pilson, Mark Snow, Bill Swingle. Members with 15 YEARS of service included Mike Sakal, Frank Lowman, John Robinson, and Jason Happe,Kristy Patterson, Debbie Roberts, and Kris Scholz were recognized for five years of service.
There were four Crew Citations given this year; Marine Rescue – Acting Lt. Levinson, FF/PM Vikki Ireland, FF/EMT Greg Nolan; Vehicle Extrication – FF/PM Barry Prindle, Rodney Malpass; Marine Rescue – Lt. Smith, Vikki Ireland, FF/EMT Phil Ryan; Structure Fire with Entrapment – Lt. Sakal, FF/PM Sanford, FF/PM Haynes, FF/EMT Gonnelli. Congratulations All to the recipients!!!
Lt. Darryl Neil was named Employee of the Year. Nominations cited his involvement in many department activities including the extrication team, and the coordination of the annual Union Picnic and work party as well as his positive attitude and desire to make the make the department better. Congratulations Darryl!!!! Rick Weschler was awarded PHFR Firefighting of the Year for his heroic actions in performing a water rescue. FF/EMT Weschler was off duty at Clearwater Beach when an elderly man was in distress of shore. Rick swam out to the man and successfully brought him and his remote control airplane to shore. Congratulations Rick!!!

Vehicle Crash with Entrapment
US Highway 19 North
November 13th Palm Harbor Fire Rescue responded to a MVA on U.S. 19 at the entrance to Dolly Bay. Truck 67 was the first unit on scene and reported on truck on its side, off the road, with heavy damage. The crew quickly determined that the driver of the SUV was pinned and was dangerously close to being crushed by the weight of the truck because of the way the victim was positioned inside the cab. While one rescuer manually stabilized the truck to keep it from further impinging on the victim’s head another was able position his arms under the cab of the truck and held c-spin control until other units could get on scene and stabilize the SUV. Crews performed the delicate extrication with expert coordination and precision. With the assistance of companies from Tarpon Springs and East Lake Fire Rescues the patient was treated, extricated and transported to a Tampa Bay area trauma center in less than 24 minutes. Great Job!!!!


Units Assigned: T67, S65
2nd Alarm: E65, E69, D65
Air Transport: T69, D69, BF1
3rd Alarm: E58
Incident Command: T67

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue's Honor Guard Attends the
National Fallen Firefighters Annual Memorial Weekend
October - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue's Honor Guard attended the Annual Memorial Weekend at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Thousands attended this national tribute remembering America's bravest who died in the line of duty in 2003. The national service will celebrate the lives of these dedicated men and women. The Memorial Weekend is organized and sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, www.firehero.org.
At the October Board meeting, many of the members that traveled to Maryland presented to the Board of Commissioners and the Chief a picture from the memorial and described their experience.

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue presents
Citizen's Commendation
October 20 - At the monthly Board of Fire Commissioners meeting, the Department recognized a local resident, Neil Valk, with a Citizen's Commendation. In August, Neil was alerted to a group of people in the water after a canoe capsized. Neil boarded his personal boat and subsequently brought 3 persons to shore. Responding Fire Rescue crews nominated Mr. Valk for the Citizen's Commendation for performing this rescue. Congratulations Neil.

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Firefighter/Paramedic
Participates in the New York Tunnel to Tower Run
September 25, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Eisenhardt participated in the annual Tunnel to Tower Run in New York City. Chris ran the 5K run in 26:04 placing him 19th among the 300 racing participants. Chris plans to make this an annual trip.

Structure Fire
Shell Circle
Crews responded to a structure fire on Shell Circle. Upon arrival, Truck 67 had a working fire in the garage area of a single family residence. They initiated a fast attack on the fire and made a quick knockdown. Upon the arrival of the other units, primary search, ventilation, overhaul, and salvage took place. The occupants were out of the house upon the arrival of fire rescue units and were not injured. Palm Harbor was assisted by Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue on this incident.
Units Assigned: T67, T69, E68, E65, S65, D65
Working Fire: E66, PH200, PH402, RH68
Incident Command: D65

Hurricane Jeanne
The Palm Harbor Fire Rescue District experienced the effects of Hurricane Jeanne on September 25 and 26. The tropical storm force winds and rain caused damage throughout areas of the District very similar to that caused by Frances three weeks earlier. The Department responded to 120 incidents over the two days. These incidents included medical rescue incidents, structural fires, structural damage from the storm, wires and trees down, vehicle accidents, and numerous other storm related requests for assistance.

Hurricane Ivan
September - While the local area was fortunate not to have had much direct effect from hurricane Ivan, the Florida panhandle was hit very hard. Crews from Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, along with other north Pinellas County Fire Departments responded to the Panhandle under the Statewide Mutual Aid Agreement. Crews spent eight days in the area performing search and rescue, damage assessment, response to fires and medical emergencies, and helping local citizens where necessary. We also deployed a Fire Inspector to assist with building inspections and Fire Investigations. The Fire Chief worked for four days at the State Emergency Operations Center.
Units Assigned:
P65 with the North Pinellas County Strike Team - Santa Rosa County
PH402 - Santa Rosa and Escambia County
PH100 - State Emergency Operations Center

Vehicle Crash with Extrication
US Highway 19 North
September 10, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue received an alarm for a vehicle crash on US HWY 19 north of Alderman Rd. Upon arrival T67 found a passenger vehicle pinned under the rear end of a semi truck. The incident was upgraded to an extrication and air transport assignment.

The patient was extricated and flown to the trauma center.
 

Units Assigned: T67, S65, E66, E68, D65, PH800, BF1
Incident Command: D65

Structure Fire
Bonnie Boulevard
September 8, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue crews responded to a structure fire on Bonnie Boulevard. Upon the arrival, the 65 units had smoke showing and initiated a fast attack on the fire and started a primary search. The fire was contained to the room of origin and extinguished quickly. Upon the arrival of the other units, ventilation, overhaul, and salvage took place. The occupants were out of the house upon the arrival of fire rescue units, two injured pets were removed during operations. Palm Harbor was assisted by Safety Harbor Fire Rescue on this incident.,
Units Assigned: E65, T53, E66, T67, S65, D65
Working Fire: E68, PH200, PH300, PH400, PH401, PH402
Incident Command: D65

Hurricane Frances
The Palm Harbor Fire Rescue District experienced the effects of Hurricane Frances on September 5 and 6. The tropical storm force winds and rain caused damage throughout areas of the District as the center of circulation passed just to the north. The Department responded to 132 incidents over the two days. These incidents included medical rescue incidents, structural fires, structural damage from the storm, wires and trees down, vehicle accidents, and numerous other storm related requests for assistance.

Vehicle Crash with Extrication
Tampa Road and West Lake Road
August 18, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue crews responded to a vehicle crash in the area of Tampa Road and West Lake Road. Upon arrival of Squad 65 found a two vehicle crash with one vehicle overturned. Two patients in the overturned vehicle required extrication. Palm Harbor Fire Rescue was assisted at this incident by Safety Harbor, East Lake, and Dunedin Fire Rescue as well as Bayflight.
Units Assigned: S65, E66, D65, T53, E68, E62, S57, E61, E54, BF3, PH200, PH500, PH800
Incident Command: D65

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Members Participate in Press Release for the Florida Salutes Firefighters License Tag
August 17, A number of Palm Harbor Fire Rescue members, participated in a local press day announcing the release and availability of the Florida Salutes Firefighters specialty license tag. House Representative Gus Bilirakis along with representatives from the Palm Harbor Board of Fire Commissioners, the Pinellas County Professional Firefighters, Florida Professional Firefighters, and the designer of the tag also participated. Please click here to read the official press release.

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Assists
Hardee County after Hurricane Charley
August 13, 2004. After is was apparent that Hurricane Charley was going to have little effect on the Palm Harbor area, local preparedness operations ceased. By 10 PM however, our assistance was being requested through the State Emergency Response plan. At Midnight a five engine strike team was on the way to Hardee County to assist in initial recovery effort. The crew operated until the next evening at which time other resources from around the State arrived and they were relieved.
Units Assigned: P65 (Palm Harbor) , E5 (St. Pete), E41(Largo), P24 (Treasure Island),
P69 (Tarpon Springs)
Strike Team Leader: PH200 (Palm Harbor)

Vehicle Crash with Extrication
US Highway 19 North and Klosterman Road
August 14, 2004 @ 19:10, Palm Harbor firefighters responded to a motor vehicle crash south of the intersection of Klosterman Rd/US Hwy 19. Upon arrival T67 reported two vehicles involved with heavy damage and fuel leak. L67 assumed command an ordered a second alarm assignment and air transport upgrade to assist with the heavy extrication of a trauma alert patient. The patient was extricated and transported to via helicopter to the trauma center. Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue units and BayFlight responded with and assisted the Palm Harbor Units.
Units Assigned: T67, T69, E69, E68, S65, D69, D65, BF1
Incident Command: D65

Structure Fire
Sand Key Drive
August 2 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue was alerted for a reported structure fire on Sand Key Dr. Upon arrival P67 found an occupied single story dwelling with smoke showing from all sides. An interior attack us undertaken and the fire was extinguished quickly. Crews conducted both a primary and secondary search. After the all-clear was given, the fire was declared under control. All occupants evacuated prior to the fire department's arrival and no injuries were reported. Palm Harbor Fire Rescue was assisted by Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue.
Units Assigned: P67, E68, E65, T69, S65, D65
Working Fire: P69, PH200, PH400, PH401, PH402
Incident Command: D65

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Lieutenant Named
Career Firefighter of the Year
by the Florida State Firefighter's Association

June 11, 2004 - Lt. Craig Rogers was recognized as the Career Firefighter of the Year by the Florida State Firefighters Association (FSFA). Lt. Rogers was given his award at the annual FSFA awards dinner in Orlando. Lt. Rogers, nominated by his peers, is the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Firefighter of the year. His nomination reflects his professionalism towards his job, always trying to better himself, his crew, and the department. Further, during a fire operation he found and assisted in the rescue of an occupant of the structure. In the weeks after the fire he assisted, off-duty, a choking victim and a local restaurant. Congratulations Craig!

Structure Fire
Enisgrove Drive
May 29, 2004 - Just before 2 o'clock AM, fire rescue units were dispatched to a reported structural fire on Enisgrove Drive. Upon arrival E68 found heavy fire showing from side "c" with extension into the attic. E68 began fire attack, however due to a large amount of fire in the attic area, a switch to a defense attack was orderd. Crews controled the fire and remained on the scene through the morning for extensive overhaul, salvage, and fire investigation.
Units Assigned: E68, T67, E66, E69, S65, D65
Working Fire: E65, RH68, PH100, PH402, SH300
Special Calls: P70, E61, E62, T69, DU401, DU402, CL402, CL403
Incident Command: D65

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Probationary FF/EMT
Makes Off-Duty Rescue
On May 10, 2004, a Palm Harbor Fire Rescue firefighter was working at his part-time employment when he was notified of an elderly male in distress in the Gulf of Mexico. Rick Weschler, a probationary firefighter at PHFR, was notified of an elderly man struggling in the Gulf about 250 yards from shore. The male had entered the water to retrieve his remote control plane that had crashed. Rick immediately headed for the water while asking a nearby painter at the condominium to follow him with a raft if he could locate one. After swimming the 250 yards and reaching the elderly male, Rick was told by the man that he had “About given up and was glad for the support.” Rick proceeded to pull the male as he made his way back shore. The elderly male did not even have the strength at the time to hold on, making the swim back even more difficult. About two-thirds of the way back to shore, the painter arrived with a raft and assisted Rick with getting the elderly male on it. They continued their way back to shore.
 

At 9:21am someone dialed 911 and the Clearwater Fire Rescue responded. By the time the dive team and marine unit were preparing to launch, Rick had the man on the beach. The elderly male refused any treatment or transport and went on his way. One side note, the elderly man left WITH his remote control plane. While Rick was pulling him to safety, he was also pushing the remote control plane in front of both of them. Also on the following day on shift at PHFR Rick has his first working structure fire during the lunch hour. Talk about a busy day and a half.
 


Palm Harbor Fire Rescue's Extrication Team
finishes on top at the
Southeast Extrication Challenge in Gainesville
March 26 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue's Extrication Team partcipated with 16 other teams at the Southeast Regional Extication Challenge in Gainesville Florida this week. Each team completes two vehicle accident scenarios.  One allows the use of unlimited tools which would include hand tools, pneumatic tools, and the hydraulics tools such as the "Jaws of Life".  The second scenario limits the teams to hand tools , pneumatics, and hand operated hydraulics tools.  This limited scenario requires the teams to maintain proficiency with hand tools. We are very happy to report that the team finished 2nd in the limited scenario, 6th in the unlimited, and 3rd OVERALL.
The Department is very proud of our extrication team, which requires them to commit a significant amount of time  for training and continued practice.  It is clear that this preparation and the participation in this event transfers to the real situations and makes the department more effective in the street, where seconds count.
Congratulations to the team for their participation and continued quest for extrication excellence.
 

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Participates in
SAFETY DAY
at The North Pinellas County Connection Center
March 13- Palm Harbor Fire Rescue members participated in the Safety Day held at the North Pinellas County Connection Center on Tampa Road. The department had several displays including; fire and injury prevention information, Scout - the accelerent detection K9, and fire apparatus. The department also provided a car seat safety checkpoint for interested persons.

   
Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Receives Accredited Status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International
February 18 - Several members of the Palm Harbor Fire Rescue attended the Commission on Fire Accreditation meeting in Orlando. At this meeting the CFAI Board voted in favor of Accredited Status for the Department. The Peer Assessment Team Leader, Chief David Burns, presented the findings of the Peer Assessment Team to the Board, with a recommendation to approve the Accreditation. After several questions from the Board, they voted unanimously to grant the request. Palm Harbor becomes one of four accredited in Pinellas County, eight in the State of Florida, and 89 Internationally.

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Lieutenant Recognized at
Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni's
10th Annual Public Safety Appreciation Dinner
January 31- Palm Harbor Fire Rescue's Lieutenant Craig Rogers was recognized as the Firefighter Award recipient at Commissioner John Morroni's 10th annual public safety appreciation dinner. Lt. Roger was recognized for his service to his crew, the department, and the community. Lt. Rogers was selected for this award by the Pinellas County Council of Firefighters.

Structure Fire
Sugar Bear Trail
 

February 8 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue units responded to Sugar Bear Trail for a structure fire. Upon arrival, T67 found heavy fire showing from the garage area of a single family dwelling. Crews stretched handlines and made a knockdown on the fire. Occupamts exited the house prior to the fire department's arrival. Palm Harbor Fire Rescue was assited by T69 of Tarpon Springs FD at this incident.

Units Assigned: T67, T69, E65, E68, S65, D65
Working Fire: E66, RH68, PH100, PH300, PH402
Incident Command: D65

Press Releases 2003


3 Alarm Structure Fire
Tarpon Springs
December 29 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue units responded with other north county Fire Departments to assist Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue with a third alarm restaurant fire. Units operated at the scene for approximately 4 hours.
Units Assigned: E69, E70, E68, T69, T67, D69
Working Fire: S65, TS100
Second Alarm: E65, E66, T60, S57, D65, RH68, PH200, PH300, LK300, PH402
Third Alarm: E58, E62, T48, S49, D57
Incident Command: D69
Operations: D65

Structure Fire
Treetop Drive
December 21 - Units responded to this early morning fire. Upon arrival there was heavy fire showing. All occupants had exited the house before the the arrival of fire units. Palm Harbor Fire Rescue and the US Fire Administration reminds the Community to practice good fire safety during the holiday season. For information on PREVENTING HOLIDAY TREE FIRES, HOLIDAY LIGHTS, and HOLIDAY DECORATIONS please click here.

Units Assigned: E68, T67, E66, E65, S65, D65
Working Fire: E61, PH100, PH200, PH400, PH402
Incident Command: D65

Annual Awards and Appreciation Dinner 2003
December 5 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue held their Annual Awards and Appreciation banquet at the Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center on December 5, 2003. At this event, a number of awards are given. This year Lieutenant Craig Rogers was awarded the Firefighter of the Year award. The Employee of the Year was awarded to Lt Bob Markford. Crew citations were also awarded for several emergency incidents. Five, ten, fifteen, and twenty-year service pins were also distributed. For more information on this year's banquet, please click here.
Lieutenant Robert Markford receives the
Employee of the Year award from
Fire Chief James Angle
Lieutenant Jim Fisher and District Chief Dave Cole are recognized for 20 years of service to the Department.

Winner of FOOLS Leather Helmet Drawing
The Palm Harbor Fire Rescue FOOLS chapter would like to congratulate Mr. Al Wood of McGill Plumbing in Largo. Mr. Wood won the Leather Helmet that was raffled by the FOOLS. The funds raised will be used to "adopt" a local family for the holidays. The FOOLS thank Mr. Wood and all of the other people that supported this fund raiser.

CERT Class 03-02 Practice Drill

On November 15, PHFR CERT Class 03-02 members participated in their hands-on drill. The situation was a simulated Tornado touchdown with hazards and victims. The CERT program includes 21 hours of classroom and practical instruction followed by the drill. Palm Harbor Fire Rescue will be offering additional CERT training in 2004. For further information on the Palm Harbor Program please call Public Information Officer Kristy Patterson at 727-787-5974 or email kpatterson@palmharborfd.com.
Also see our CERT page by clicking here.

Thermal Imaging Camera
Training Class

November- Palm Harbor Fire Rescue members attended a two day training program on Thermal Imaging. This program consisted of one day of classroom work and one day of practical. The program was held over six days, to accommodate the personal on all three shifts. This training was made possible in part by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security's FEMA Fire Act Program.
 

Extrication Team Says THANK YOU!
October - The members Palm Harbor Fire Rescue's Extrication team thanked the various team sponsors from around the community. In a ceremony at the October Board of Fire Commissioner's meeting each sponsor was given a plaque of appreciation. The team competed in two extrication challenges and learning symposiums this year. Further information and photos are available on the team web page. Pictured are the team members with Judy Thompson, a Platinum level sponsor.

CERT Class Graduation
October - The members of the first Palm Harbor Fire Rescue CERT class were recognized for their accomplishment at the October Board of Fire Commissioners meeting. This class completed their training in September, after a nine week program. The class was made possible in part because of a grant from FEMA. Pictured are the class members and Fire Rescue Instructors Lt. Keith Maciuba, FF/PM Ron Romaguera and course coordinator and public education/information officer Kristy Patterson.

Vehicle Crash
US 19 N and Tampa Road
October 19 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Crews responded to US 19 and Tampa Road for a vehicle accident. -Upon arrival the found an overturned dump truck with the driver trapped in the cab. Crews worked for about 30 minutes extricating the driver of the truck.
Units Assigned: E65, S65, D65, E66, E68
Incident Command: D65

October 11, 2003 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Honor Guard, along with numerous Honor Guards from across Florida, participated in The Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service. The service is held at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala.

The services honored the fallen firefighters from the previous year, as well as all those recorded in Florida history..

Nearly 150 Firefighters from around the State attended.
 


From Left to Right: Lt. K. Maciuba, FF/PM R. Romaguera, D/C T. Fritz, and FF/PM K. Ratzman

   

 

On September 13, the recent class of CERT members graduated and participated in a hands-on drill. The situation was a simulated Tornado touchdown with hazards and victims. The next course will begin on Wednesday, October 1, from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Classes will continue every Wednesday evening through November 12. The practice drill will be held on Saturday, November 15, from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. For more pictures of this drill, visit the CERT page.


Palm Harbor Fire Rescue remembers September 11 with individual events at each station in conjunction with the County 911 Dispatch Center.

The sculpture at the left was displayed in remembrance at the grand opening at a local Publix Supermarket. Fire Chief James Angle and a representative of the Pinellas County Sheriffs Department performed the ribbon cutting.

 


World Extrication Challenge & Learning Symposium
Dallas, Texas
August 2003 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Extrication team participated in the World Challenge and Learning Symposium in Dallas, Texas. The event is put on by the Transportation Rescue Committee, TERC. With advances in automobile design by today's automakers, methods for removing victims are changing with each model year. In order to keep up with these changes, these events are held and the participants bring back the knowledge gained for direct local use. The team expresses their sincere thanks to the sponsors. Please visit the team page for more information and a list of sponsors.

   
Executive Fire Officer Program Graduates Recognized
August 2003 - Division Chief Craig Maciuba and Division Chief Mark Snow were recognized at the August Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting for completing the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP). The EFOP is a four year senior management program offered at the National Fire Academy in Maryland. Participants attend four, 2 week classes and are required to complete an applied research project after each class. The department is proud to recognize these two members for their accomplishment.

Structure Fire
700 Block of County Road 1 South
July 17 - Just before midnight, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue responded to a reported structure fire on CR 1 South. The first arriving unit; E66 reported a structure with heavy fire showing. Engine 66 deployed a handline and began fire attack, upon the arrival of the next due units, two additional handlines were deployed to protect exposures. The fire was brought under control quickly, although crews remained for extensive overhaul. One exposure received minor damage. The fire is being investigated by Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Investigators. Dunedin Fire Rescue assisted at the incident.
Units Assigned: E66, T60, E65, E68, S65, D65
Working Fire: E61, PH100, PH200, PH400, PH402, PH800
Incident Command: D65

Citizen's Commendation

 
July 16 - At the monthly Board of Fire Commissioners' Meeting, Mr. Randall Shields was awarded a Citizens Commendation. In April of 2003, while Randall was working at a local Restaurant, a customer at the restaurant began to choke. Randell, assisted by another co-worker, performed the Heimlich Maneuver removing enough of the obstruction to allow the patient to breath until the arrival of fire department units. Squad 65C, assisted by E65C, arrived and treated the patient, completely clearing the obstruction. Randell later helped the patient's family make some notification phone calls and since they did not know the area, drove them to the local ER. Congratulations to Randell and the crews of S65 and E65 for a job well done.
Palm Harbor Fire Rescue would like to remind our readers to know CPR. Further information on learning CPR and to find out about upcoming classes, please call PHFR at 727-784-0454.

Command School

 
July 15 & 16 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Officers and staff members, as well as staff members from numerous local departments participated in a two day Command School. This intensive two program allowed the participates the opportunity to practice various roles using the Incident Management System. Using the Abbottville Simulator a hands-on strategic program was devoted to training command officers for operations at major incidents and emergencies. Eight simulations were used ranging from a tornado, the large building fire, to a large scale hazardous materials incident. This training was made possible in part by using grant funding from the Federal Fire Act Grant program.
Click Here for more Command School Pictures

Structure Fire
30000 Block of US Highway 19 North

 
July 12 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue responded to a reported structure fire in a mobile home. Upon arrival of the first due units; D65, E65, S65, and T67, heavy smoke was coming from the structure. An interior attack line was deployed and a primary search started. During the primary search, T67's lieutenant found an unconscious victim. Assisted by other T67 members, the victim was removed. Despite attempts, the victim could not be resuscitated. The fire was knocked down and extinguished rapidly. During the subsequent fire investigation, it was determined that the structure was not equipped with a working smoke detector. Palm Harbor Fire Rescue would like to remind our readers that a working smoke detector is one of the best to provide early warning of a fire in your home, increasing your chances for a successful escape. Palm Harbor was assisted by units from Dunedin and Safety Harbor assigned on the alarm.
Units Assigned: E65, T67, E61, E66, S65, D65
Working Fire: T53, D60, PH100, PH200, PH400, PH402, SFM
Incident Command: D65

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Extrication Team 2003
May 22 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue's Extrication team recently competed in the Southeast Regional Competition hosted by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. The team spent countless hours in training in the art of vehicle extrication in preparation. The skills learned and use translates to more effective extrication operations on the streets. Congratulations to the team on their dedication and excellent work.
More information click here.

 

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Lieutenant Promotions
May 21 - At the Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting May 21, two Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Lieutenants were officially recognized and took the Oath of Office. The Department congratulates our two new Lieutenants on their achievement and wish them well in their new positions

Structure Fire
30000 Block of US Highway 19 North
May 19 - Palm Harbor Fire Rescue responded to a reported structure fire in a mobile home. Upon arrival of the first due units, heavy smoke was coming from the structure. E62 deployed an interior attack line while S65 was assigned to Rapid Intervention. The fire was knocked down and extinguished rapidly. Palm Harbor was assisted by units from Dunedin and Safety Harbor assigned on the alarm.
Units Assigned: E62, T60, E61, T53, S65, D65
Working Fire: E66, PH100, PH400, PH401
Incident Command: D65

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Firefighters Participate in Firefighter Safety and Survival Training
During the week of April 28, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue members attended a two day Firefighter Safety and Survival program. The first day included classroom discussion of safety and survival subjects as well as demonstrations of life saving techniques. The second day was held at Station 48's drill tower and included practical evolutions. The instructors included both active and retired members of FDNY. This program was made possible in part by funds from the Federal FIRE Act grant program. Several training officers from surrounding departments also participated in the training.

Structure Fire - Alt 19
April 11, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue was assisted by several north county departments at a 2 alarm structure fire on Alt 19 in Palm Harbor. On arrival units had heavy fire involvement of the structure. Exposures were protected and the fire did not extend past the structure of origin. Units remained on the scene until the next day for overhaul and fire investigation.
Units Assigned: E68, T67, E69, E70, S57, E66, D65
Working Fire: P69, PH200, PH400, PH401, PH402, PH800, RH68
Special Call: E62, B58, B54, E65

Second Alarm: E56, E61, T53, S65, E60
Incident Command: D65

 

Press Releases 2002


Annual Awards and Appreciation Dinner

December 2002

PALM HARBOR FIRE RESCUE HONOR GUARD PREPARES TO PRESENT THE COLORS

 

The Department's Annual Awards and Appreciation Dinner was held on December 6, 2002.  Congratulations to the following members who received awards.

Firefighter of the Year.  Those that nominated Chris point to his dedication to the profession, the department and his job as reasons for the nomination.  Further, his positive attitude and desire to further himself in the department, as well as, the initiative to help other  new firefighters learn the job.   It is with great pleasure that I present the Firefighter of the Year award to Chris.

The Employee of the Year for 2002 has many of the same traits.  Firefighter/Paramedic Pete Baker was nominated and received this award because of his commitment to being the best at his profession and for his contributions to the department and the community by teaching CPR, the car seat program, EMS supplies, and generally giving a 110% on every incident that he responds to.  Congratulations Pete.

 Several crews were awarded citations including;

 Engine and Squad 65 B Shift for a motor vehicle crash

Engine 66 and Engine 68 for initial operations at a house fire with a shooting victim

The Extrication Team for there effort in improving our extrication operations

 Congratulations to these crews.

 Letters of Appreciation were given to PEO Kris Sholtz and FF/EMT Larry Bears for the contributions to the Car Seat Safety program.

Service awards included:

20 Years of Service:    James Olson,  Leon“Skip” Nolan, Commissioner Norm Atherton

15 Years of Service:     Keith Maciuba, Ron Romaguera, Ron Gray, Craig Rogers

10 Years of Service:     Michelle Brown, Chad Pittman, Irene Rausch
                                                                              (Irene was also given a plaque in appreciation of her 12 years of service  to the department)

5 Years of Service:       Nina Boone, Mark Harris,  Joe Petrillo, Robert Shatanoff

 


Annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial
Washington DC

October 2002

 

 

Eight members of Palm Harbor Fire Rescue traveled to Washington DC for the annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial.  This year, thousands of  firefighters from across the nation marched through the DC streets in honor of those that lost their lives last year.
 

 


Structure Fire

September 2002

Crews from C Shift responded to an alarm for smoke in the area of the 1400 block of Michigan Avenue.  Upon arrival, E66 found heavy fire coming from the rear of a one story, single family house.  First alarm crews confined the fire to the area of origin and extinguished the fire quickly.

S65 crew prepares to attack the fire from side 2 with an 1 3/4" hoseline.

 


Young Paramedic of the Year Award

September 2002

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue's Pete Baker received the outstanding young paramedic of 2002 award from the Gulfcoast Junior Chamber of Commerce.  The award was present at their First Annual Spirit of Humanity awards banquet.
 
photo L to R:  Captain Tim Pilson, Lt. Chad Pittman, FF/PM Pete Baker, Lt. Dan Zinge, and  Chief James Angle

 

 


Community Safety Award

August 2002

Palm Harbor Fire Chief James Angle, on behalf of of Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, accepts the Second Place Award in the category of Community Safety. The award was presented by the Suncoast Safety Council during the 3rd Annual Community Safety Awards Luncheon on August 20, 2002.   Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni presented the plaque, which is currently displayed at Fire Station #65.
 
photo L to R:  P.C. Commissioner John Morroni, PHFR Chief James Angle

 

 


Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Receives Grant
for Wildland Firefighting 
Personal Protective Equipment

August 2002


Palm Harbor Fire Rescue received a grant of $12,000 that will
be used to equip all Firefighters with Wildland Firefighting
Personal Protective Equipment that meets National Fire
Protection Association Standards.  PHFR will
match the $12,000 grant with $12,000 of local funds
to complete the purchase.  The grant funds
where made available from the State of Florida,
Department of Emergency Management,
Competitive Grant Program























MySPC
ANGEL
Website
For CME Classes