Hillsborough Replacing Fire Station 29 with Larger, Modern Facility
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 11, 2021) - Hillsborough County will formally break ground on a new Fire Station 29 in Apollo Beach on Thursday, replacing a much smaller, outdated fire station down the street.
The groundbreaking is at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 12 at 6720 N. U.S. 41, Apollo Beach.
The new, much larger replacement station will help serve the fast-growing communities of Apollo Beach, Mira Bay, Waterset, and Adamsville. The new location provides the crews with quick access to U.S. 41 to help improve response times.
The new, 10,000-square-foot station will have three drive-through apparatus bays for a fire engine, an ALS rescue truck, and a tanker truck capable of delivering 3,000 gallons of water directly to a fire scene. The station also will be home to a battalion chief's vehicle and 21 or more firefighters/paramedics working three 24-hour shifts.
Station 29 also is the home of Hillsborough's Marine Rescue Crew. HCFR's 38-foot Fire Boat 29 responds to nautical emergencies. It can spray up to 3,500 gallons of seawater a minute from deck guns, put out fuel fires with foam retardant, and is docked nearby at Land's End Marina. Launched in 2018, FB29 responds to boat fires, medical calls, and other nautical emergencies, providing critical protection in a waterfront community with a major port and thousands of recreational boaters.
Working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies, the craft and its crew cover a 42-mile shipping channel and surrounding waters from Port Tampa Bay to west of Egmont Key.
Powered by four 250-horsepower Yamaha outboard engines, FB 29 has a top speed of 49 mph. With twin hulls and a draft of just 28 inches, the craft can navigate shallow waters and pull up to beaches and islands with a bow that drops forward, landing-craft style, to load incapacitated patients in medical need.
The station also includes the latest in architectural safety measures such as laundry and showers between the apparatus bays and the main part of the station so that firefighters can decontaminate before entering the station's living quarters. Eliminating carcinogens is critically important in keeping firefighters healthy from cancer-causing smoke common in modern fires.
Who: Hillsborough County Fire Rescue
What: Groundbreaking for new Fire Rescue Station 29
When: 10 a.m., Thursday, August 12
Where: 6720 N. U.S. 41 , Apollo Beach