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FIRE RESCUE Administration

Seminole Fire Rescue
9199 113th St
Seminole, FL 33772
(727) 393-8711
Fax: (727) 319-6583

Chief Heather Burford- Fire Chief (727) 393-8711x217


City of Seminole - Fire Rescue Department

Service Efforts and Accomplishments

The Fire Rescue Department is lead by the Fire Chief. The Department divided into Administration, Operations, Emergency Medical Services, Training, Life Safety Services and Fleet Maintenance Sections. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Fire Operations personnel are divided into three shifts each lasting twenty four hours. The Department operates from four fire stations providing comprehensive public safety services that include emergency fire, rescue, hazardous materials mitigation and medical services, fire prevention and code enforcement, and public education. In addition to providing emergency services for the City of Seminole, the City contracts with; Pinellas County for emergency fire protection and EMS services to the unincorporated area surrounding the City, the Bay Pines Veterans Administration complex, and the Towns of Redington Beach, North Redington Beach and Redington Shores through joint Seminole/ Madeira Beach fire protection Interlocal agreements.The Seminole Fire District’s service area covers 25 square miles and protects approximately 80,000 full time residents and an additional 8,000 tourists and daytime workforce. The Department funds 77 full-time employees and staffs four advanced life support (ALS) fire engines, one 105 ft ladder truck, an ALS support heavy rescue vehicle and a District Chief vehicle on a 24-hour a day basis. A hazardous materials vehicle, a brush fire fighting vehicle, and a number of support vehicles are staffed as needed. All field personnel and officers are State of Florida certified firefighters and are either EMTs or paramedics. The Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating for the Seminole Fire District is a Class 1 rating (on a ten-point scale with one being the best).

Administration is coordinated by the Fire Chief and manages the Administration Division including Fleet Maintenance and Life Safety Services. The Division tracks department contracts, purchases and expenses and continues to  reduce costs through cooperative purchasing, “piggy-backing” other contracts, and purchasing off of State standard contracts where practical. The Fire Chief represents the city’s interests within Pinellas County at the Pinellas County Fire Chief’s Association and other meetings as directed by the City manager.

Operations Section is coordinated by the Assistant Fire Chief and is charged with the responsibility for responding to all emergency and non-emergency requests for service in the Seminole Fire and EMS District which includes the City of Seminole as well as surrounding unincorporated Pinellas County through an Interlocal agreement.69 firefighters that are cross trained as either EMTs or paramedics are assigned to the Operations Division. Requests for assistance include responses to medical emergencies, fires, hazardous materials incidents, technical rescue emergencies, animal rescues, assistance to other public agencies and various other requests for service. The City of Seminole participates with the Pinellas County Hazardous Materials Response Team providing trained team members and command officers who respond within Pinellas County as the need arises. In addition, this division installs smoke detectors and is the primary provider of public education. Shift personnel serve on the City’s Safety Committee. The EMS Chief represents the city’s interests within Pinellas County at the Pinellas County Operations Chief’s Association and other meetings when directed by the Fire Chief.

EMS Section is coordinated by the Assistant Fire Chief and is responsible for providing department directed EMS training and all support necessary for shift personnel to affectively respond to emergency and non emergency medical incidents. After initial treatment and stabilization by Seminole EMTs and paramedics who respond as part of an ALS fire engine crew; Sunstar, a private ambulance provider, transports the patient to the hospital. This section maintains a quality assurance program to monitor the medical performance of EMTs and Paramedics on medical incidents that meets the requirements of the county EMS contract. The EMS section represents the city’s EMS interests within the county at the Pinellas Advanced Life Support Association, Pinellas County Equipment Committee meetings, and at State EMS Advisory Committee meetings.

Training Section is coordinated by the Training Chief and is responsible for the development and delivery of monthly formal training programs for the Department’s personnel. Training programs are designed to meet the growing needs of the department and to ensure compliance with recognized standards.  In addition to regular training, the Section coordinates the new employee orientation program and works with department personnel on educational goals and facilitates efforts for attendance at seminars and college classes. The Training Chief functions as the fire department’s designated safety officer and represents the city’s training interests within Pinellas County at the Pinellas County Training Officer’s Association.

Life Safety Services is coordinated by the Fire Marshal and includes all phases of inspection, enforcement of fire and safety codes/issues, and education. A single authority provides codes interpretation, application, and enforcement functions over all development and safety codes and standards. Certified Fire Inspectors are responsible for conducting fire safety inspections and fire code enforcement of all businesses within the fire district and the Redingtons. The Fire Marshal represents the city’s interests within Pinellas County at the Pinellas County Fire Marshal’s Association and other meetings when directed by the Fire Chief.

Public Education is part of the Life Safety Services Section. The Department provides comprehensive safety and accident prevention educational programs within our community through many different delivery methods. An annual Fire Department Open House has expanded into a broad-spectrum fire prevention and safety program for families with increased emphasis upon hurricane preparation and damage prevention efforts. The Public Educator participates actively in the Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition, a coalition consisting of law enforcement, fire, public health, 911, and many other safety related agencies both public and private.  Each year 911 statistics are evaluated to determine child injury trends in order to focus on relevant prevention efforts. Current subcommittees are: Water Safety, Child Passenger Safety, Bike/Pedestrian Safety. The Public Educator also participates with the Pinellas County Juvenile Fire Setters Program, a coalition of public educators who network to address the issue of educating/diverting children who have had incidence of fire setting/fire play. Comprehensive safety programs are delivered in our schools, community groups/ organizations, businesses and individuals on a daily basis. Free battery powered smoke detectors, including installation, are provided within a home at any request by our residents.

Fleet Maintenance Section is coordinated by the Fleet Maintenance Manager and provides full-time comprehensive vehicle repairs and apparatus equipment installation. Along with the preventative maintenance scheduling of units, fleet provides maintenance services to other fire departments that generates revenue for the District. The mechanics are all EVT and ASE certified.