In 1973, Tarpon Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. was organized by nine concerned citizens, primarily to protect Windmill Point and Anchorage subdivisions. It was originally operated out of a lean-to located at the intersection of Tarpon Lake Blvd and Anchorage Lane. Original members included Phil English, Dean Walker, Al Knight, Roger Garrett, Bob Timoney, Charles Bedell, Charles Bennett, Tom Jarrell and Mike Nabor. The first Volunteer Fire Chief was Edward "Bud" Pirwitz.
1st Engine - 10/23/73 Purchased a 1945 Dodge from Seminole Park Volunteer Fire Dept. for $250. Had a 500gpm front mount PTO pump. Truck was named "Snoopy"
02/26/74 - Tarpon Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. requested charter from the State of Florida. The nine original founders paid the fees.
03/11/74 - Chartered by the State.
First Rescue call - 14 y/o drowning victim at Hunt's Employee Park on Lake Tarpon; Memorial Day Weekend
First Structure Fire - 06/22/74 10:00pm mobile home on Old East Lake Rd
2nd Engine - Donated by the Division of Forestry. Also had a 500gpm front mount PTO pump.
1st Tanker - Donated by McDill Air Force Base. 500 gpm tank with a 250gpm pump.
They now had 15 volunteers and began participating in live training burns.
Purchased 1949 American LaFrance $8,000
First paid member - Fire Chief Tom Jarrell.
Now have 22 Volunteers and had replaced all of the original trucks
Purchased first new truck, an Emergency-One 250gpm Rescue Pumper.
Dedicated Station 57, built on land donated by the Lansbrook Corp.. Cost was $130,000. Also hired first full time firefighter- Bill Edling Sr.
Purchased a 1978 Mack for $49,519.00
Purchased first new Engine from Emergency-One
Purchased first BLS Ambulance through donations raised in the community
Hired 3 more personnel; Tom May, Dave Anthony, and Howard Boehm.
Began providing ALS Service (Paramedics)
5/25/82 Purchased Chevy Ambulance from Pinellas County
10/82 Fire Chief Robert Lani hired
Changed name from Tarpon Lake Volunteer Fire Dept to: East Lake Fire & Rescue Inc.
Purchased 2nd new Engine from Emergency-One
Fire Chief Ronald W. Taylor hired
"The eagle has landed" takes on new meaning for East Lake Fire & Rescue as development of its new fire station is halted due to an eagle building a nest approx. 200ft from the proposed building site.
Purchased first ladder truck from E-ONE 75' T57
Five new Fire Commissioners now directing department
Traded in ladder truck
Purchase 2 - new Engines meeting latest NFPA standards from E-ONE "E57" & "E58"
Opened Station 58 on Keystone Rd This new facility meets latest NFPA and OSHA standards. Building is completely sprinkled, including attic.
Sent 523 "P57" back to E-ONE for refurbishing
Received a new 4-person enclosed cab
New hydraulic ladder rack installed and upper compartments added
Station 56 is opened on East Lake Rd. This facility also meets NFPA and OSHA standards. Building is completely sprinkled.
Purchased Squad from E-ONE "S57"
Purchased new Ford Expedition for District Chiefs "D57"
June 20, 2000 - www.eastlakefirerescue.com created by Lt. Bill Edling
2000 - September 5, 2000 - East Lake Fire & Rescue becomes a "Special Independent Fire District" by a 59.75% YES Vote!
December 31, 2000 - Fire Chief Ron Taylor retires
Assistant Chief Jeff Parks assumes Acting Fire Chief position.
October 1, 2001 - Jeffrey S. Parks promoted to Fire Chief
December 26, 2001 - East Lake Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners voted to return the Daytona Squad to E-One; A new Squad will soon be ordered.
September 11, 2002 - East Lake Fire & Rescue debuts new Honor Guard consisting of 8 members: Lt/P Bill Edling, Lt/P Scott McLain, DE/E Bill Figuredo, DE/P Greg Godwin, FF/P Mark Calderini, FF/P Jim Campbell, FF/P Joe Fuller and FF/E Megan Gray
September 11, 2002 - East Lake Fire & Rescue debuts new patch
February 7, 2003 - Saulsbury Rescue Pumper Delivered (S57)
February - ELFR purchases 3 thermal imaging cameras: click here for full story
October - Took delivery of 20 new Survivair SCBAs: click here for full story
December - ELFR takes delivery of 2 more Saulsbury Rescue Pumpers (E56 + E58)
January 1, 2005 - Fire Chief Jeffrey S. Parks retires
June - Installed laptops in front line units
June 30, 2005 - Fire Chief Jeff Malzone is appointed.
October 2005 - Pinellas County leases East Lake Fire Rescue a 2000 gallon Water Truck
January 30, 2006 - ELFR takes delivery of a new Firematics B.R.A.T. Brush Truck
October 3, 2006 - DE/Paramedic: Howard Boehm becomes the first member to officially qualify and retire from East Lake Fire Rescue after 25 years of service.
December 11, 2007 Old Station 57 torn down
New Station 57 erected
July 12, 2009 - 2009 E-one placed in-service as the new E56
June 1, 2011 - Tom Jamison promoted to Fire Chief
3 New Pierce state of the art Fire Engines Placed in Service
Water Extrication Team (WET) Placed in service