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Hillsborough County Fire Rescue celebrates 40 years


Published:   |   Updated: August 22, 2013 at 05:28 PM

CARROLLWOOD — Hillsborough County Fire Rescue marks 40 years of service today with a pair of public open houses, including Station No. 42 At 5209 Ehrlich Road.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the open house will feature displays, fire safety education, and family-friendly activities, with refreshments courtesy of Hillsborough County Firefighters, Local 2294.

The open houses include station tours and a chance for kids of all ages to explore fire trucks and rescue vehicles, a spokesman said. The agency’s Junior Firefighter Challenge arena will let children don real gear and practice professional fire fighting, including hooking up and spraying hoses, running an obstacle course and pulling a mannequin “victim” out of harm’s way.

In addition to the open houses, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue will commemorate its 40th anniversary with a ceremony from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at headquarters, 2711 E. Hanna Ave. The ceremony will feature former firefighters of distinction to recognize the agency’s four decades of service and dedication to public safety through education and emergency planning initiatives.

The other station with an open house today is No. 37 at 5602 Providence Road in Riverview

HCFR began as an all-volunteer force in the 1950s, hiring its first full-time firefighters in 1973. It has evolved into one of the largest fire departments in Florida.

For information on the celebration, call (813) 272-6600 or visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/FireRescue.

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