MAIN NUMBER & ADMINISTRATION: 727-547-4590
In the event of an emergency please dial 911
William "Trip" Barrs, Fire Chief
TI PUBLIC SAFETY COVID19 RESPONSE
Treasure Island Fire Chief William “Trip” Barrs and Treasure Island Chief of Police John Barkley
The Treasure Island community, like so many others, is facing an extraordinary challenge. The Treasure Island Police and Fire Rescue Departments are committed to preserving public safety, and right now, promoting public health is a primary goal of the departments.
To protect the workforce and ensure that they can respond for emergency calls, Treasure Island Fire Rescue (TIFR) is temporarily stopping all non-essential activities. This includes most life safety inspections, CPR classes, child seat and smoke detector installations.
TIFR Chief Trip Barrs respectfully asks that the public not engage with Treasure Island firefighters/EMTs, unless you have an emergency need, in order to comply with the CDC recommended social distancing guidelines that will help prevent the spread of COVID19.
The Treasure Island Police and Fire Departments are in regular contact with the Pinellas County Emergency Management staff and the city’s Emergency Medical Services partners throughout the county. They request your understanding when staff arrives wearing full protective equipment and conducts their initial assessment from 6 feet away. This is part of the county-wide approach to maximize the use of our available personal protective equipment and keep our staff healthy and able to serve our citizens.
In adherence with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the Treasure Island Police Department (TIPD) is working to reduce the spread of COVID19 through social distancing while still maintaining a high level of service to Treasure Island. TIPD Chief John Barkley reminds residents that, when and where possible, officers may conduct reports and follow-ups for non-emergency calls by phone.
When officers do respond in-person, they may ask the caller to step outside to talk and/or utilize additional personal protective equipment, such as gloves or a mask, if necessary.
Treasure Island Police and Fire Departments will always respond to emergency calls for service.
Treasure Island Fire Rescue is equipped with one Class A 2000 gpm pumper, one Class A 1500 gpm pumper/squad, a 4-wheel drive ambulance, 4-wheel drive utility vehicle, a fire chief’s vehicle, a Sea-Doo water craft with a rescue sled and a beautifully restored 1927 American LaFrance pumper.
Our Department has the distinction of being the first in Pinellas County to provide advanced life support services. In addition to our own department staff and equipment, a county-wide automatic aid agreement provides Treasure Island with two engine companies, a ladder truck and a District Chief from neighboring departments on all first alarm structure fire responses. Responses to EMS calls are made using our on-duty personnel in an Advanced Life Support vehicle. Sunstar, the county's ambulance contractor, provides patient transportation to a medical facility if required. We are an Insurance Services Organization (ISO) Class 2 fire department.
Please see our department’s Facebook page for current information: Treasure Island Fire Rescue Facebook Page