LARGO — Largo Fire Rescue is adding a rescue truck to help alleviate the call load at the fire station that responds to Pinellas Safe Harbor and the Pinellas County Jail.
According to Chief Shelby Willis, Fire Station 40, 2990 Whitney Road in the High Point area, has seen a 40 percent increase in calls for service over the last five years. Willis attributed the increase to the creation of Safe Harbor, an emergency homeless shelter that opened in 2011 off 49th Street, and a restructuring of the response area that made the station the primary responder to the jail.
The rescue truck will focus on emergency medical services calls, freeing up a fire engine already at the station for fire-related calls. It will operate only when there are extra firefighter/paramedics available on shift, so there will be no additional costs for overtime or new positions at this point, Willis said.