The Fire Operations Division provides the vital fire and emergency medical services (EMS) capabilities required to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Clearwater and residents of the Fire District. The division encompasses fire suppression, training, emergency medical services, and special operations. The Fire Operations Division is responsible for mitigating all hazards during emergency and non-emergency incidents.
Fire Suppression Bureau
Suppression's primary tasks are to expeditiously rescue, locate a fire, confine it to the point of origin, extinguish it, salvage undamaged property, and overhaul the fire to prevent rekindle. Additionally, we respond to hazardous materials conditions to stabilize the incident with help from the Pinellas County Hazardous Materials Team. The Department's Special Operations personnel are trained in many tactics to support the various types of emergency incidents.
The EMS Bureau oversees the care given to citizens and provides quality control and direction to all of our clinicians. The EMS bureau’s responsibilities include responding to emergency calls and providing medical services to injured parties of fires, traffic accidents or other medical-related incidents. All of our EMS personnel function at the direction of a licensed Emergency Physician. Emergency Medical Services in Pinellas County is delivered in a 2-tiered fashion. The first tier is comprised of first response units provided by the fire service and the second tier is comprised of the county funded transport agency.
The Training Bureau integrates classroom and hands on training to provide comprehensive fire and EMS education. This is accomplished through the use of the training tower, computer programs, and full compliment of fire fire service educational resources. The bureau is equipped the continually update, certify, and refresh knowledge and performance in every discipline inclusive of fire suppression and emergency medical services. The bureau also evaluates various protective equipment for its safety and effectiveness. All of these endeavors insures a modern, well-equipped fire and rescue workforce.
1716 Belcher Road North
Clearwater, Florida 33765
(727) 562-4334 ext. 3048
Special Operations Bureau
This bureau oversees the specialty teams and Honor Guard. Specialized Teams include a Marine Response Team, which conducts underwater search and recovery operations and deploys personal water craft for rapid rescue response, and a Technical Rescue Team, which is responsible for high-rise and confined-space rescues such as building collapse, cave-in, trench rescue, urban search and rescue. Other responsibilities include response to hazardous materials conditions to stabilize the incident with help from the Pinellas County Hazardous Materials Team.
The Department's Honor Guard performs ceremonious city, state, and fallen firefighter flag presentations in parades, events, celebrations, and funerals.