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Special Fire Districts form a collective voice
Special Fire Districts form a collective voice

Pinellas County, Florida -- Four Independent Special Fire Districts in Pinellas County have entered into an inter local agreement among East Lake, Lealman, Palm Harbor and Pinellas Suncoast Fire Departments for the betterment of the health, safety and quality of life of Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Services.

Unlike cities who provide Fire Rescue and EMS services and are governed by a Mayor and/or a City Manager, Special Districts are governed by a Board of Fire Commissioners elected by the citizens within the boundaries of that District.

"Over the years I have witnessed the four fire districts working with local and state officials independently on issues of common interest.  It was my goal with this Council to allow us to work on these issues collectively" said Commissioner Norm Atherton of Palm Harbor.

The Council of Special Fire Districts of Pinellas was formed in response to the ongoing Fire and EMS issues within the County. Together this group provides fire protection, EMS, hazmat, marine rescue and disaster response to a population of 158,120. Additionally, they provide community based programs to include CPR programs, Community Emergency Response Teams, car seat fitting stations, pool safety and Fire and Life Safety Education programs.

"The Council is the unified voice of the four independent Fire districts and there are over 150,000 residents to our elected officials on the Federal, State and local level" said Fire Commissioner, Tom McKone.

One representative from each agency or his/her designee presides at Council meetings and together the group serves as the collective voice of Special Fire Districts in Pinellas County sponsoring, opposing or supporting legislation, rules, ordinances, or resolutions that could potentially impact the fire districts.

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