Pinellas County Presents Tanker Truck to East Lake Fire & Rescue

Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services and Fire Administration (EMS) is providing East Lake Fire & Rescue with a rare bargain—a lease on a new $205,500 tanker truck for a token payment of $1. Pinellas County Fire Coordinator Mike Cooksey presented the tanker keys at Station 57 in Palm Harbor on Aug. 31. The lease agreement provides the truck to East Lake Fire & Rescue for 10 years with two automatic five-year renewals.

The new tanker truck is part of Pinellas County’s commitment to serving area public safety needs. This vehicle has a 2,500-gallon water capacity, which will be a valuable resource to areas that do not have close access to fire hydrants. The county recently assigned a similar truck to the Lealman Special Fire Control District.

The East Lake Fire Control District is located in northeast Pinellas County and serves an estimated 30,000 residents. The district spans 33 square miles in unincorporated Pinellas County with mailing addresses in Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor and Oldsmar.

East Lake Fire & Rescue is a full-time paid fire department. It consists of three stations, two Advanced Life Support (ALS) engines, an ALS Squad, a reserve pumper and several other vehicles.