Friday, April 26, 2013
In addition, Fire Department Service Employee of the Year Julie Barlet was recognized, and three new firefighters were sworn in during a ceremony at City Hall last week.
Andrew Dixon, the Largo Fire Department's 2012 Firefighter of the Year, received a National Medal of Honor for earning the award in a ceremony at City Hall last week. Dixon, an 11-year veteran of the department, was a unanimous selection for the award when it was announced in February. "This year we did the nominations a bit differently," interim fire chief Shelby Williams said during the April 16 City Commission meeting. "We allowed the fire service personnel to send in nominations for any fire rescue employee." "We selected a nomination and a selection committee," she continued, "they reviewed all the nominations and ... they unanimously selected Andrew Dixon as Firefighter of the Year for 2012." Williams went on to state that Dixon has …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The state fire marshal is investigating a house fire on Regina Drive that happened Easter Sunday.
The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of a house fire that occured in the Central Park Estates subdivision fire Sunday afternoon. Largo Fire Rescue got multiple calls, the first at 5:36 p.m., about a fire at 329 Regina Drive S. Smoke was coming from the roof when firefighters got on scene about four minutes later, said Michael Handoga, assistant chief of training for Largo Fire Rescue. "When they entered the structure they encountered heavy smoke and high heat conditions," he said in an email. Several hose lines were deployed and the fire was out in about 20 minutes. The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, he said. While displaced, the homeowner was not injured, Handoga said. The Red Cross was contacted …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Staff under Fire Chief Mike Wallace said there was a lack of leadership in the organization, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Monday was Largo Fire Chief Mike Wallace's last day with the city. He is resigning amid an internal investigation. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the internal investigation revealed a low morale among his staff and lack of leadership under his watch as well as a lack of support from his colleagues. "A common thread throughout the information provided by staff is that morale is at an all-time low," Sinz wrote in the eight-page report, the Times reported. "Whereas Chief Wallace has been well intentioned on the decisions he has made, there has been a fundamental and significant disconnect over the last few years that is now very evident and has resulted in a loss of faith in his leadership among the majority of district chiefs, …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
A thank you to Largo community for its support of the annual 'Fill the Boot' campaign from the Largo Professional Firefighters.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Dear Editor, The Largo Professional Firefighters are very proud of their citizens!!! With all of their support the first part of the annual "Help Largo Firefighters Fight Muscular Dystrophy" or the famous firefighter boot drive was a great success. This is one of many ways that our firefighters give back to ourcommunities and they're all proud to serve and protect us. The Largo check will be presented on the MDA telethon, over Labor Day weekend. Thank you for your support and remember to be safe this Christmas holiday season.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The City of Largo welcomed nine new or newly promoted fire rescue personnel on Nov. 20.
The Largo Fire Department welcomed three new firefighters and five newly promoted or hired officers on Nov. 20 at Largo City Hall. Division Chief Shelby Willis was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Fire Department but she was unable to attend the ceremony. The new firefighters are Luca Petrone, Greg Cargill and Woody Mamouzelous. Petrone may be familiar to Largo Patch readers as a talented chef, who helps prepare meals for his shift at the firehouse. The newly promoted and hire officers include Lt. Shawn Carroll, Assistant Chief Michael Handoga, District Chief Chris McDonald, Assistant Chief Doug Swartz and Division Chief of Operations Joe Pennino. For more photos of the ceremony check Largo Fire Rescue's Facebook page.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
More than a dozen fire, rescue and police units responded to multiple 911 calls about a fire in the garage of the Diagnostic Clinic, according to a post on the Largo Fire and Rescue Facebook page.
Friday morning dozens of emergency units responded to an alarm and multiple 911 calls because of a fire in the garage of a clinic on Second Avenue Southwest. No one was injured in the fire, the Fire Department reports. A burning pickup truck pulled into the Diagnostic Clinic garage, which caused a "significant amount of smoke and fire" early Friday morning, according to a post on the Largo Fire Department Facebook page. No people were injured and there was no damage to the clinic, according to a Largo Fire Department spokesman. Just before 7 a.m. Friday morning the Largo Fire Department responded to the fire alarm at the Diagnostic Clinic on Second Avenue Southwest. While fire crews were on the way to the clinic, dispatch received …
Largo firefighters bring a team approach to cooking their own meals.
Firefighters are well-known for their hearty, delicious home-cooked dishes. Fire Station 41, 180 4th St. SW, in Largo has a professionally trained Italian chef who cooks many of the meals for his shift. Largo Firefighters generally work 24-hour shifts with 48 hours off in between. During their 24-hour shifts, Largo firefighters pool their personal money and cook lunches and suppers together. As with many families, the workload is spread out, with the usual scenario of the crew on the ladder truck doing the grocery shopping, a couple team members doing the food preparation and other team members cleaning the dishes. Meet the Chef A native of Naples (the one in Italy), Luca Petrone joined Station 41 as a full-time firefighter/EMT in late …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
David Jervis, 59, was found unresponsive on a living room chair Saturday morning at Laguna Vista Apartments, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Authorities have identified the man found dead during a Largo apartment fire Saturday morning as David Jervis, 59, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Largo Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the blaze at Laguna Vista Apartments, 555 Belcher Rd. S., which they have ruled was accidental. Firefighters responded at about 6:15 a.m. to find heavy smoke coming from a second-floor apartment, the Times reports. Jervis was found unresponsive on a chair in his living room. Officials are still waiting for a toxicology report to determine if Jarvis' death was cuased by the fire, according to the Times.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A floating body was found in a canal this morning, according to Largo Fire Chief Mike Wallace.
Early this morning, emergency crews were alerted to a body in a small canal off of 150th Avenue North. A pedestrian passing the waterway called the Largo Police Department around 7:30 a.m., according to a police news release. Around 7:43 a.m., a Largo Fire Department crew confirmed the approximately 40-year-old man was dead, Fire Chief Mike Wallace said. The body had been there "for at least several hours," Wallace said. Fire crews waited for the medical examiner's office. The body was pulled from the water around 10 a.m. According to police there is "no apparent trauma to the body nor are there any immediate indications of foul play." The deceased has been identified but the name has not yet been released. Authorities do not have a local …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
One resident was sent to the hospital and a family pet perished in the Wednesday morning blaze, fire officials said.
A blaze caused "significant damage" to a single-family home on North Palm Drive SW on June 13, Fire Division Chief David Mixson said. The Largo Fire Department met a woman outside of the home, which was on fire with "heavy" flames. The male resident was not home at the time of the fire, Mixson said. The unidentified female resident was transported as a "precautionary" measure to Largo Medical Center for smoke inhalation, Mixson said. Unfortunately, the family dog perished in the fire, Mixson said. Firefighters were still at the scene early Wednesday afternoon. The cause of the fire is under investigation.