Did you know that Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue is a state chartered fire district providing services to the Gulf Coast communities of Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Belleair Beach and Belleair Shore? We also serve a portion of unincorporated Pinellas County that extends east from the intercoastal waterway to 131 Street; south from Walsingham Road to 94 Avenue.
PSFRD provides service from stations located at 304 First Street, Indian Rocks Beach; and 13501 – 94th Avenue on the mainland. The Fire District has its own elected governing board of five commissioners elected from the city or town on the beach they represent with two members elected from districts on the mainland.
The District mans two paramedic staffed fire units which ran 2,459 calls over the last nine months prior to October 1st, 2010—an average of almost nine calls per day. The District also provides fire safety inspection services to the area using two full-time inspectors on staff supported by five additional state certified inspectors on response units.
The types of calls that our Department handles varies widely from false alarms to hurricane and disaster preparation, marine rescue, vehicle extrication, hazard mitigation, and the most serious fires and trauma incidents. As a fire example, we responded to a structure fire on the corner of 20th Avenue and Gulf Blvd. in which the resident decided to burn a portion of a telephone pole in the fireplace. The intense heat penetrated the wall into the adjacent apartment involving it in the fire. It took crews 20 minutes, but by using our thermal imager to locate the source of the fire, the result was minimal damage to the apartments.
Vehicle accidents are common, unfortunately. We responded to a motorcycle accident on the Indian Rocks Bridge in which the driver of the motorcycle may have been intoxicated. The driver was killed upon impact, but the female passenger was still alive upon our arrival. Our crews administered Advance Life Support (ALS) until Bayflight arrived; but due to the severity of her head injuries, she was also a fatality.
We could fill your pages with examples; but the situations that we encounter are as varied as anyone could imagine. Whatever the situation might be, Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue is here to provide service to the communities in our District.