Committed To Saving Lives and Property
The Rescue Division of St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue is under the direct supervision of Division Chief Steven Knight. The Division is staffed by 78 Firefighter/Paramedics, 4 Rescue Lieutenants, a Captain, an Office Systems Specialist, and the Division Chief. The shift personnel are divided into three shifts. The three shifts rotate with a schedule of twenty-four hours on duty and forty-eight hours off duty. Each shift staffs 20 Advanced Life Support (ALS) units, ten of which are transport capable. The ALS units are able to perform Advanced Life Support procedures under the direction of the Pinellas County Medical Director. The Medical Director in cooperation with the Pinellas County Medical Control board approves medical protocols. St. Petersburg College currently provides continuing medical education for all department Paramedics and EMTs in both lecture and internet based curricula.
- St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue responds to nearly 40,000 EMS calls per year
- The average response time for medical assistance is 4 minutes 30 seconds
- The Rescue Division Budget for 2009-10 is $11.9 million
- ALS units carry state-of-the art equipment
- The Rescue Division has assisted business owners´ in placing over 120 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in various locations throughout the city
- The Rescue Division offers CPR and First Aid courses throughout the year.
St. Petersburg Fire Rescue has implemented a medical information program which we call the Telemedic Program. In the event of a true medical emergency, this program will assist the paramedics of St. Petersburg Fire Rescue to quickly gather important medical data necessary to expedite your medical care and transport to the hospital. This program gives you the control to keep your medical information as updated as possible for just such an event.
The Telemedic forms will be kept in the red pouch which has magnetic strips on the back so that it can be placed on your refrigerator for easy visibility.
Please complete two forms per person just in case the paramedic needs to take one during a medical emergency. If you have a completed original DNR (DO NOT RESUSCITATE) form, please attach the original yellow copy to the Telemedic form.
For forms and magnetic pouches please call the Rescue Division at 727-893-7076.
Additional forms can also be downloaded from the link below.