Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Largo Fire Rescue responded to a report of a cat stuck in a storm drain. 'You really DO save kitty cats!' one Largo resident said later on Facebook.
The firefighters at Largo Fire Rescue are skilled at rushing into dangerous situations to put out fires and save lives. A storm drain is not exactly a risk for the men who responded to a call about a cat that was trapped in one on Tuesday. But it was for the tiny thing that was pulled out. Just after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, T42 responded to a report of a cat in a storm drain. Here's the report that was released to the media: "T42 was able to locate the kitten, remove a grate and make the rescue. The crew also went into the the adjacent manhole to check and see if there were any additional kittens. Luckily there was only the one cat. The kitten was in good condition and was immediately given a home! Good job Lt. Cargill, FF Giordano, …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Largo Fire Rescue is still investigating the cause of the fire.
Damage to a Largo duplex was limited after a Bright House Networks cable man alerted authorities after he saw smoke coming from the building and window blinds melting, according to a report by the Tampa Bay Times. The fire started above the stove in the left side of the duplex, said Largo Fire Division Chief Dave Mixson. The residents of the unit were not at home when the blaze started. No firefighters were injured. Smoke damaged the walls, ceiling and furniture, he said, but thanks to a quick response, flames didn't spread beyond the kitchen. The Times reported Johnny Thompson ran to nearby units to tell people to get outside. To read the rest of the Times' report, click here. Sign up for the Largo Patch email newsletter to get our top…
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, …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Fire Chaplain Paul Pierce has passed away, the department announced this week.
The beloved chaplain for Largo Fire Rescue has died, according to a post on the department's Facebook page Thursday. Fire Chaplain Paul Pierce, who served with the department since 2001, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones, according to the department. "He will be sorely missed, but his influence will never be forgotten. Please keep Chaplain Pierce's family in your thoughts and prayers," the department posted. According to the City of Largo's website, arrangements are as follows: Viewing and visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Mohn Fineral Home, 9700 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL, 33772; 727-393-3481. The memorial service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 11220 Oakhurst Rd., …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Pinellas County Technical Rescue Team, which includes Largo firefighters, was awarded the 2012 Search and Rescue Responder of the Year Award by the Florida Chiefs Association, according to an email from Largo Fire Rescue.
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Friday, January 25
The Pinellas County Technical Rescue Team was awarded the 2012 Search and Rescue Responder of the year by the Florida Fire Chiefs Association recently, according to an email from Largo Fire Rescue. The award recognizes a team or individual whose acts and deeds as a Search & Rescue responder, career, or volunteer, demonstrates the highest level of excellence and ongoing commitment to the fire service and community. Firefighter Tim Garten who is part of the Technical Rescue Team represented Largo Fire Rescue at the ceremony. The award was presented at the annual Florida Fire Chiefs conference which was held in Daytona. The Pinellas County Technical Rescue Team is made up of individuals from Largo, Clearwater, Pinellas Park and St. …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Largo Fire Rescue and the local firefighters union will collect money to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association from Dec. 11-13.
Largo Fire Rescue will be collecting this week for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. As motorists wait at lights around Largo this week, they will also have the opportunity to help the MDA. Last year, Largo Fire Rescue raised more than $10,000 for MDA with the support of the community. MDA is a nonprofit health agency focused on finding treatments and cures for various neuromuscular diseases including muscular dystrophy, Amyotophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and related diseases. Largo Fire Rescue's annual "Filll the Boot" campaign will be Dec. 11-13. Times will be 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the following intersections around Largo: Sign up for the Largo Patch email newsletter to get our headlines delivered to your…
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The unidentified man was found passed out in a chair, and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
A man was found dead following an early morning apartment fire Saturday in Largo, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Firefighters found heavy smoke coming out of the window of a second-floor unit at Laguna Vista Apartments, 555 Belcher Rd. S. when they responded around 6:15 a.m. Inside, they found a man in his late 50s passed out in a chair in the living room, the Times reports, citing Largo Fire Rescue district chief Josh Stefancic. The man was brought outside, where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, according to the report. He was pronounced dead at 6:50 a.m. The man has not yet been identified. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, the Times reports, and no other apartments were damaged. The fire is under investigation.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
After a family was misplaced this week losing their home to a mobile home fire, here are five ways to best prevent a fire in a mobile home.
Earlier this week, a Largo family of four, including a toddler, was displaced when their mobile home went up in flames. At the time, the family was not at home, so there were no injuries. Mobile homes, for a variety of reasons, are much more susceptible to fires than a standard house. Largo Fire Rescue chief Tim Weedin, who also serves as a fire marshal for the city, offered five tips for mobile home residents to avoid a fire. 1) Good housekeeping: Weedin noted that fires in mobile homes escalate rapidly. He urges residents to keep a tidy home. "Keep papers put away and keep your aisles and doorways clear so you can exit" without hindrance. 2) Smoke alarms: "Everyone should have one smoke alarm," Weedin said, "especially at least one in …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A fire that destroyed a mobile home Monday in Largo is still under investigation by Largo Fire Rescue.
A fire that destroyed a mobile home Monday at the Kings Manor Mobile Home Park, 1399 Belcher Road South, is still under investigation late Tuesday said Largo Fire Rescue chief Jim Warman. The fire could have been much worse, Warman said. "There were four residents that were not home at the time" of the fire, Warman said. Initially, firefighters feared an infant was in the burning home as responders learned of a crib. "We made a significant effort to search" the premises for a child during the fire, Warman said, but firefighters could not find a child. Then, a neighbor who was a babysitter for the family, informed firefighters that the child was with family members and the search ended. Warman said investigators suspect the fire was …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
In the city's monthly newsletter, V-News Host Brandon Graham talks about a slew of events and topics in light of the holiday season. Here's what's being discussed for December.
V-News' most recent video newsletter features information on a Holiday Stroll, storytime for kids at the Highland Recreation Complex, tips for safe shopping during the holiday season and more. Host Brandon Graham also discusses fire safety with Largo Fire Rescue and why extra precautions should be taken during the holidays. V-News is a city of Largo video newsletter. It is available on Largo TV, on the web, and it can be delivered to your email inbox. About this column: Largo Newscast is a monthly video newsletter, Largo V-News, provided by the city of Largo. It's available to you on Patch as well as Largo TV and is included in Largo eNewsletters like Largo Living. Just like eNews, V-News is here to keep you in the know about what's …