Tallahassee Fire Department

The home of Kim Ross and Brian Lee is a total loss after a Sunday night fire re-ignited early Monday morning.
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The Tallahassee Fire Department has launched an internal review after a house fire it put out later re-started. The residence is the home of two local environmentalists.

Book Mine employee Tim Laughlin was inside the store at the time the fire broke out. Here, he sits in front of Jimmy John's on Gaines Street, across from the rubble of the book store. 12/15/17
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Tallahassee lost a local institution Thursday. The long-standing Book Mine store on Gaines Street has been destroyed by a fire.

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Thanks to the work of Tallahassee’s Fire Department and local unions, the city’s firefighters have secured federal funds to help local fire stations install a much-need air filter system on their trucks.

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The Tallahassee Fire Department is investigating a Tuesday night house fire. 

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Update: Investigators determined the fire was intentional.

Leon High School canceled classes Monday morning after a fire, and will continue to be closed Tuesday. School officials say they hope to reopen the school Wednesday. No students or faculty were injured. 

Half of the models for the Tallahassee Fire Department's annual Bringing The Heat calendar.
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Tallahassee’s firefighters are bringing the heat with a new calendar.

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A miscommunication of the local joint dispatch center caused a delay in the response to a fatal crash that occurred this past weekend, and officials aren’t too happy.

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Tallahassee is facing a lawsuit over the way it collects funds to pay for the area’s fire protection services. The city and county are considering a plan to change that collection policy during two public hearings scheduled for this week, but the lawyers bringing the case argue the city’s tenants would still deserve a reimbursement.

Right now, the city collects a fire services protection fee though citizens’ utility bills. But Miami Attorney Matthew Lines calls that fee an unconstitutional tax.

Perspectives: Fire Prevention

Oct 2, 2014

October is National Fire Prevention Month.  What’s going on in the local and statewide arenas is discussed by Mike Bellamy with the Tallahassee Fire Department, Renee McCord with the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office and Katie Sherk with the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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Tallahassee residents in the Buck Lake area will have a fire station closer to home next year. The Tallahassee Fire Department broke ground today on its 16th station as Leon County’s population continues growing.

Fire fighters say the new station should help them achieve their goal of a 5-minute response time anywhere in the county.

Tallahassee Fire Department spokesman Mike Bellamy says when a child at Buck Lake Elementary had a recent emergency, it took paramedics 10 minutes to arrive.

Vacant, Charred Hotel To Be Demolished

May 8, 2014
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Almost exactly four months after Tallahassee firefighters last quelled the flames of a hotel fire; the inn’s owner has decided to sign off on its demolition.

First responders were called to a fire at the same abandoned hotel close to Interstate 10 three times last February. Although the exact cause of the blazes remains unknown, fire officials originally theorized that since the motel’s utilities had already been shut off, the fire was most likely a result of vagrants trying to keep warm during a cold snap.

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For the third time in three weeks Thursday night, the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a call of a structure fire at an abandoned hotel near Interstate 10. TFD Spokesman Mike Bellamy described multiple rooms being on fire and falling apart. And as of midday Friday, fire crews were still trying to quell the flames. Power has long since been cut off to the building, leading investigators to suspect arson. But Bellamy said although the investigation is ongoing, he doesn’t believe someone was trying to damage the hotel.

Leon County Launches New Non-Emergency Phone Number

Sep 17, 2013
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In Leon County, there’s a new phone number to call when you need police but it’s not an emergency. The new number comes as Tallahassee Police and Fire and the Leon County Sheriffs Office consolidate their dispatch centers at one location.

For fires, car crashes and crimes in progress, call 911. But in situations without that urgency, the new number is 606-5800. Dispatch center co-director Billy Fair says the 911 system can get clogged with non-emergency calls.

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The Tallahassee Fire Department, along with other law enforcement and emergency response agencies, tested themselves with a mock chemical explosion and a bomb scare Friday. Officials were focused this time on emergency responses at schools.

At Canopy Oaks Elementary School, the Leon County Sheriff’s Department, the Big Bend Regional Bomb Squad and other groups worked together to locate and eliminate a pretend bomb. Fire Department spokesman Mike Bellamy said the exercise gave all of the groups a chance to work together while training to deal with chemical weapons and explosives.

The Tallahassee Fire Department is kicking off its “Fill the Boot” drive to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association this Wednesday.  Firefighters will be collecting donations at various intersections throughout Tallahassee.  MDA Spokeswoman Crystal Ralys said firefighters will be out mainly around breakfast, lunch and just after work. 

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When most people see a fire truck zooming down the street, with lights flashing and sirens blaring, they usually think of an accidental fire or even a forest fire. But, federal, state and local officials gathered in Tallahassee Wednesday, to remind citizens of the very real danger of Arson.

Arson is the criminally intentional setting of fire to a residence, business, or other type of property and officials, like Chief Joe Steadman with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, want residents to know it isn’t a victimless crime.

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Days after ricin-tainted letters were sent to government officials, including President Barack Obama, a supposedly anthrax-tainted letter was sent to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee. Officials quickly determined the letter to be a hoax.

After 26 years with the Tallahassee Fire Department, Chief Cindy Dick is retiring. She recalls those years and also talks about the challenge of operating a top-notch fire fighting organization.

Cindy Dick joined the Tallahassee Fire Department twenty-six years ago and became chief in 2005.  Now she’s retiring and she’ll share her stories this week on Perspectives.

Residents Get Help After Apartment Fire

Nov 28, 2012

Tallahassee fire officials said a cigarette is to blame for Tuesday morning’s fire at the Pine Lake apartments in Northeast Tallahassee, and more than 20 residents are now working to recover after the blaze.

The Red Cross has put the 23 displaced residents in a local hotel for three nights giving them time to find alternative housing.  Lieutenant Mike Bellamy, with the Tallahassee Fire department, said the cost of the damage is close to one million dollars.

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An electrical fire on Thursday morning at FSU’s High Magnetic Laboratory injured one man, who was airlifted to Shands in Gainesville with serious burns. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Fire fighters arrived at the Mag Lab just after 9:30 a.m. to find smoke filling one of the magnetic research buildings. Mike Bellamy with the Tallahassee Fire Department says, the fire started on a high-voltage electrical panel.  

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The Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a building collapse at the Seminole Grand apartment complex on West Tharpe Street early Sunday morning. More than fifty people were injured.

Witnesses say about a hundred people were in the clubhouse, when its second floor collapsed. Tallahassee Fire Department spokesman Mike Bellamy said they had Firefighters from three different stations of the Department on scene just before one thirty.  They’re still trying to assess the damage.


You wouldn’t think of a fire station as a hot bed for art but, the Tallahassee Fire Department has a new piece to display in their station today.

Fire heavily damaged a Tallahassee quadruplex overnight. Investigators say the cause of the blaze appears to be malicious.