Tour Tampa firehouses during anniversary celebration
Kids will be able to try out firefighting techniques and gear during open houses at two Hillsborough County firehouses. TRIBUNE FILE
Published: August 21, 2013
Updated: August 21, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Two Tampa-area fire stations will be open for a day of family-friendly tours and activities this weekend as Hillsborough County Fire Rescue celebrates its 40th anniversary. Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, visitors can stop by Station No.42 at 5209 Ehrlich Road in Tampa, or Station No. 37 at 5602 Providence Road in Riverview for free displays, refreshments and fire safety education provided by Hillsborough County Firefighters, Local 2294. Aside from station tours, children of all ages will have the chance to explore fire trucks and rescue vehicles, wear real gear and practice firefighting techniques such as spraying hoses, running an obstacle course and pulling a victim out of harm’s way. The 40th anniversary celebration will end with a special ceremony Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Headquarters at 2711 E. Hanna Ave. in Tampa. The ceremony will feature former firefighters of distinction to recognize the agency’s four decades of service.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue began as an all-volunteer force in the 1950s, hiring its first full-time firefighters in 1973. HCRF has since evolved into one of the largest fire departments in Florida.