Hillsborough Fire Rescue Opens the Station Doors for Residents on Sunday to Celebrate 50 Years

New story series also launches to highlight 50 stories for the 50 years of Fire Rescue

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 23, 2023) - Hillsborough County Fire Rescue (HCFR) celebrates its 50th anniversary this month with a special Countywide Open House event on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 45 Fire Stations in every corner of the county.

Hillsborough fire stations from Westchase to Wimauma and from Town 'N Country to Thonotosassa will be open to the public all at once for the first time on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents of all ages are welcome to come tour a station, interact with fire trucks (if available), learn the history, and meet their local Fire Rescue crew. Each station will have someone available on staff to interact with residents in case the local fire rescue crew gets sent out on a call.

Each station will have information and takeaways for the kids (while supplies last). The whole family will enjoy seeing how their Hillsborough firefighters live and work right there in the neighborhood.

Click here for a list of current Hillsborough County fire stations.

Hillsborough County also is honoring the 50th anniversary of Fire Rescue with a new story series called "50 Stories for 50 Years."

In the 50 years since its founding, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue's firefighters, paramedics, and support staff have forged a legacy that would be the envy of any league of superheroes. From harrowing rescues on the edge of disaster, to stories of selfless sacrifice and bravery in the face of impossible odds, to the development of high-tech gear and - of course - big trucks, each station has a tale to tell.

To celebrate Hillsborough County Fire Rescue's 50th Anniversary, those stories now will be brought to light. Hillsborough County is compiling 50 stories that will be collected on this new page over the coming year, highlighting the courageous work done by the brave men and women who have served this county for the past 50 years and beyond.

Some of these stories will be an intimate look at how HCFR worked a specific fire or a daring rescue, and others will focus on the rich history and features of Hillsborough's fast-growing department or even interesting details about a special apparatus.

Come back every week to be made proud by a story of a daring rescue or to learn new facts about the fire service.

Who: Hillsborough County Fire Rescue
What: Countywide Open House
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 27, 2023
Where: 45 Hillsborough County Fire Stations


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