Firefighting, Structural Firefighting

Response to a Fire in a 100-Year-Old Taxpayer in Tampa, Florida

Issue 6 and Volume 173.

FIRE FOCUS ❘ By WILLIAM TOWNSEND and TONY KUPSIS Tampa is the third most populated city (385,000) in the state of Florida and incorporates 175 square miles. Coverage for its six districts is provided by Tampa Fire Rescue’s (TFR’s) 23 engine companies, six truck companies, and 16 transport-capable medic rescues in 23 stations with more than 675 sworn personnel. TFR also provides aircraft rescue and firefighting and advanced life support (ALS) coverage to Tampa International Airport, which handles more than 21 million passengers per year. In addition, TFR provides a full-time ALS transport unit to MacDill Air Force Base. Recently, TFR responded to a 911 call for a building fire at the CVS Pharmacy in downtown Tampa that is on the ground floor of a 12-story residential high-rise. On arrival, crews noticed smoke from 508 N. Franklin Street—the Szechaun House Restaurant—a Chinese restaurant next door to CVS that was closed…

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