Volunteers Firefighting in Pinellas Park dates back to 1912 when it was just a settlement of about 50 families. To protect their homes and property from the threat of fire, a small group of volunteers formed a 16-man firefighting unit. At this time there were only 2 fire departments in Pinellas County, with the closest one a good half hour away. Reportedly, it was shortly after a home burned to the ground that community leaders established the third department in the county; Pinellas Park Fire Engine Company Number 1.

Fire Volunteers


In 1913, Pinellas Park firefighters, along with citizens in the community, banded together to build the first fire hall for Engine Company Number 1. The new building was constructed near the railroad station and was manned by a group of eager volunteers and a single horse drawn, two wheeled pumper.

By 1925 the population of Pinellas Park had grown to 2,000 people. The Fire Department purchased its first real fire engine, a 1925 American LaFrance pumper, which became known as Engine Number 1. This classic piece of fire apparatus served for many years as a front line engine. Today, the City proudly displays it in parades and special ceremonial occasions.

1912 Firestation

Growth & Volunteers

During the 1930's era of the depression, the fire department nearly ceased to exist. No new equipment was purchased and Pinellas Park was basically without fire protection. In 1943, the fire department was revitalized and a regular volunteer fire association was established.

Growth continued in Pinellas Park during the fifties and sixties. By 1958, the fire department had grown to a force of 34 volunteer firefighters, six trucks, three brush trucks, two pumpers and a panel truck used for rescue and emergency calls. That same year, Pinellas Park Fire Department hired its first full time paid firefighters and named Aaron Harrison as its first full time paid Fire Chief.

The department gradually evolved over the years, eventually disbanding the volunteer force and creating a full time paid force in 1985. The eighties and nineties saw tremendous growth with new construction, equipment purchases, and annexation of surrounding areas. Changes in service followed with the addition of paramedics, hazardous materials response, public education, fire investigation and other special divisions.

Fire 1950s

Today, the Pinellas Park Fire Department services approximately 63,000 people in our fire district of over 26 square miles. Presently the department employs 81 full time firefighters and 21 administrative personnel.