Special Operations Teams



Hazardous Materials Team


The Seminole Fire Rescue Department participates on the Pinellas County Hazardous Materials Response Team (PCHMRT) by providing trained Hazardous Materials Technicians, Specialists, Operations and Command Staff. The PCHMRT is made up of personnel from five fire departments located throughout the County and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Currently our District Chief of Training, Jeremy Newton is also the Training Coordinator for the County Hazmat Team. The PCHMRT responds to hazardous materials emergencies across Pinellas County as well as being available for deployments to disasters across the State of Florida.

Firefighter in blue hazmat suit

Decontamination of a hazmat suit

Hazmat Exercise with gaseous compound

Hazmat team members in front of hazmat trailer; Pinellas County Hazardous Materials

Hazmat worker and piping

Hazmat crew & Hazmat Truck


Drone Response


Many of our Hazmat Team members are also licensed Drone Pilots through the FAA. These pilots go through not only the FAA training, but also specialized training to fly into a wide variety of scenes with high hazards. This gives our first responders a quick, yet thorough view of what to expect when they move into a scene, whether it be a hazardous materials response, brush fire, water rescue, missing person or other response.

Drone hovering above grass

Pinellas County Drone Pilot Hazmat Team logo

Hazmat 29 Firefighter operating a drone


Marine Rescue


The Seminole Fire Rescue Department maintains a 22-foot Sea Hunt for use during water rescue operations. Marine 31 is stored on a trailer at Fire Station 31 for easy access to the intercostal waterway, Gulf of Mexico or the numerous lakes, ponds, and bayous in the Fire District.

Seminole Fire Rescue boat on the water


Seminole Fire Rescue boat on the water going under bridge

Boat fire on docks

Seminole Fire Rescue boat on the water


Seminole Honor Guard


The Seminole Honor Guard was resurrected in 2010 and currently consists of ten members. The Honor Guard routinely participates or performs in community celebration parades, new station grand openings, awards ceremonies, memorial services, church services, and various other social functions and events. The Guard is often asked to present the colors at professional sports venues such as the Tampa Bay Rays and the Tampa Lightning games.

Honor Guard Outdoor Photo with six fightfighters holding flags.

Honor Guard at the Lightning Hockey Game

Honor Guard Group Photo

Honor Guard on Field of Honor Day

Rescue drill, man and dog in water.

Seminole Honor Guard at a Tampa Bay Lightning Game