Deal approved to merge fire departments

The Pasco County Commission has approved a merger between Pasco Fire Rescue and the Zephyrhills Fire Department. The approval came on May 4, which followed the Zephyrhills City Council’s approval of the merger on April 27. Pasco Fire Rescue Chief Scott Cassin outlined benefits of merging the departments. The merger represents the end of an era for the Zephyrhills Fire Department, which … [Read more...]

East Pasco land donated for fire station

The Pasco County Commission passed a resolution at its March 10 meeting recognizing Schikedanz Bros.-Hammock Pines Ltd., for its donation of 3.8 acres for a fire station to improve fire rescue services in East Pasco County. Scott Cassin, fire chief for Pasco County Fire Rescue, expressed appreciation for the gift. The site is just east of Fox Ridge Boulevard, on the south side of State Road … [Read more...]

New fire station opens in Wesley Chapel

Pasco County has opened Fire Rescue Station 38, a new station built to serve Wesley Chapel. A ribbon cutting took place on Aug. 27 to celebrate the new station, which began operation several weeks ago. This is the first station added to a fire coverage area in the county since 2009, and is intended to reduce emergency wait times. A big crowd gathered to celebrate the moment, including … [Read more...]

New Wesley Chapel fire station comes with more offerings

Wesley Chapel now has Pasco County’s second largest fire station, and the opening of Station 13 was celebrated at a ribbon cutting on May 30. The 9,400-square-foot station, off Old Pasco Road and Dayflower Boulevard, became operational several weeks before the celebration because the original station — which had been next to it — was torn down. Despite the blistering heat, a crowd of … [Read more...]

New fire district a first in Pasco in nearly a decade

Pasco County firefighters, county officials and first responders gathered on Sept. 17 to mark the beginning of construction for a new Wesley Chapel fire station. The groundbreaking ceremony for Station 38, which began at 8 a.m., was held at the fire station’s future location on Overpass Road. The ceremony marked the first addition of a new fire coverage area in Pasco County since … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel to get a new fire rescue station

A new fire station in Wesley Chapel will replace an aging facility that has become inadequate to handle the needs of a growing population. Pasco County’s Fire Rescue Station No. 13, off Old Pasco Road, is expected to open in January 2019. A groundbreaking was held in mid-March on the same day the Pasco County commissioners approved the construction contract of about $2.6 million. Funding is … [Read more...]

Pasco names new assistant county administrator

The Pasco County Commission has named Kevin Guthrie as an assistant county administrator for public safety. The appointment took effect on June 12, and Guthrie will receive an annual salary of $135,000. Guthrie had been serving as the county’s emergency services director. Commissioners promoted Guthrie during their June 6 meeting in Dade City, acting on a recommendation by County … [Read more...]

Yes, that really is Hambone Way

Motorists driving past Hambone Way in Wesley Chapel may do a double take. Is that road really named Hambone Way? Indeed, it is. The road was christened during a ceremony on Feb. 20 with a moniker that pays tribute to William “Hambone” Hammond, a firefighter who has worked for 15 years at Station 13, in the heart of an area known as Angus Valley. The road bears Hammond’s nickname — … [Read more...]

Pasco Fire Rescue focuses on training this week

Beginning Sunday, Pasco County Fire Rescue will participate in the 2014 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, which aims to improve firefighter safety and health, and give all a better chance of survival during emergencies. The week is a joint initiative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council. During the week, fire departments around the … [Read more...]

Parade of 400 choppers honor first responders

It’s never too early in the morning to ride a motorcycle, especially when it’s all to say thank you to firefighters and emergency first responders. Some 400 cyclists showed up at the Pasco County Government Center on US 41 Saturday to participate in the annual Sept. 11 Gratitude Ride. The event, organized by local Realtor Dan Turner and his wife Cheryl, is a way these chopper enthusiasts … [Read more...]