The Fire Rescue department is responsible for fire protection & suppression, Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Services, and fire prevention & life safety services. The department also plays a role in emergency management and community risk reduction.
Our mission is to provide excellent service while protecting and enhancing the quality of life for our community.
The City of Oldsmar Fire Rescue is dedicated to being a highly professional, well-trained, all-hazards fire rescue department committed to the focused response and prevention of all community risks.
Children drown without a sound - let's all keep our eyes on the kids! Here are some proven pool safety tips.
Provide Barriers of Protection
- Pool fences are required and must be a minimum of 4 feet high and must surround the water on all sides.
- All doorways entering a screen enclosure should be self-closing, have self-latching hardware, and door handles must be at least 54 inches above the ground.
- All doors and windows leading from the house to the pool should be equipped with entry alarms. If the alarm has a disabling mechanism, it should be installed above a child's reach.
- Never leave a child alone in or near the water - not even for a second!
- Designate an adult as the child pool watcher at all social functions.
- Never assume that someone else is watching your child.
- Never rely on floaties or floating toys to protect your child from drowning. Only Coast Guard approved flotation devices will safely keep a child afloat.
- Ensure that a telephone is available at the pool for use to call for help.
- Make certain that all pool watchers and babysitters know how to swim, how to perform child/infant CPR, and how to call for help.
- Learn CPR now! Contact the City of Oldsmar Fire Rescue for class schedules.
- If a child is missing, look in the pool first!
- If you find an unconscious child in the water, yell for help and remove the child from the water immediately.
- Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the 911 call taker regarding CPR and rescue breathing.
- Ask for help before the emergency. You may request a free pool safety survey, complete the resident self-survey form, or seek answers to any of your safety-related questions by contacting the City of Oldsmar Fire Rescue via telephone at 813-749-1200.
RE: CAMPFIRES, OPEN FLAME OUTDOOR COOKING, OPEN BURNING
City of Oldsmar Code of Ordinances, chapter 26:
ARTICLE IV – OPEN BURNING
Sec. 26-110(a). Permitted open burning. A campfire or other fire will be allowed that is used solely for recreational purposes, for ceremonial occasions, for outdoor noncommercial preparation of food, or on cold days for warming of outdoor workers, as long as excessive visible emissions are not emitted.
NFPA 1:10.10.2 The AHJ shall have the legal authority to prohibit any or all open flames, candles, and open, recreational, and cooking fires or other sources of ignition, or establish special regulations on the use of any form of fire or smoking material where circumstances make such conditions hazardous.
If no complaints of smoke, pollution, or nuisance, the following section may be allowed:
Safety Guideline shall be implemented at all times:
- Open Fires - Recreational fires shall not be located within 15 ft of a structure or combustible material unless contained in an approved manner.
- Open containers, fireplaces, or designated fire rings shall not exceed 3 feet in diameter or 2 feet in height.
- Outdoor fireplaces, containers, shall be provided with an approved spark arrester, screen, or door.
- Conditions that could cause a fire to spread to within 15ft of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
- Open, recreational, and cooking fires shall be constantly attended by a competent person until such fire is extinguished.
- This person shall have a garden hose connected to the water supply or other fire-extinguishing equipment readily available for use.
Examples of fires not allowed:
- The burning of household rubbish, trash, combustible waste material, furniture or furnishings.
- The burning of land clearing debris such as trees, shrubs, vegetation, leaves.
- The burning of any construction or storm debris.
The above information is intended as a guideline for person(s) wishing to engage in the use of recreational / ceremonial fires as set forth by the authority having jurisdiction. If you have any further question or need further information please contact the City of Oldsmar Fire Rescue at any time during business hours at (813) 749-1200.
Oldsmar Fire Rescue is pleased to offer the inspection of and/or installation instruction for child car safety seats. This service is an important part of our mission to reduce and prevent injuries to our residents. Oldsmar's National Child Passenger Safety Board certified car safety seat technicians will inspect your existing car safety seat installation and make recommendations for changes if necessary. They will also coach and assist residents in the installation of a new car safety seat provided by the car owner.
The Fire Department does not supply car safety seats but does provide the minor supplies necessary to ensure a good car safety seat installation. During the inspection/installation process, if the technician feels that the seat is unsafe he/she will halt the process and inform the owner of any problems found.
How to Schedule an Appointment
We offer this program BY APPOINTMENT ONLY to perform the car safety seat inspections, but please call 813-749-1200 to schedule, thus ensuring a technician will be available. Please remember that Oldsmar's technicians are firefighters that have volunteered to accept this responsibility and are still subject to responding to emergencies or completing training requirements.
- Safe Kids of Florida Suncoast
- Palm Harbor Fire Rescue
- Lealman Fire Rescue
- St. Joseph Women's Hospital
Many Oldsmar residents venture out onto the Oldsmar Trail on their bicycles. Some riders venture into the roadway. By law, they are vehicles with the same rules and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. To help decrease your risk of a crash and for your ride to be pleasant, here are a few tips before heading out.
- Ride a bike that fits you - if it's too big, it's harder to control.
- Ride a bike that works - pay special attention to brakes and reflectors.
- Plan your route - choose routes with less traffic and slower speeds.
- Wear the gear - protect yourself with a proper fitted helmet, bright clothing/reflective gear, tuck pant legs and tie shoelaces.
- Drive defensively - obey street signs, signals, and road markings.
- Be alert - don't text, listen to music, or be distracted from keeping your eyes and ears open.
Fire Safety Links
- A Safe Home Is in Your Hands - Home Safety Council
- National Fire Protection Association
- Smokey Bear - Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!
- U.S. Fire Administration Citizen Fire Safety