The mission of the New Port Richey Fire and Emergency Services Department is to protect the lives and property of citizens and visitors to New Port Richey by providing the highest possible level of service through fire prevention, public education, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and mitigation of the effects of natural and man-made disasters, consistent with resources provided.
“Desire To Serve, Courage To Act”
The department consists of three divisions, including:
In 1922, the New Port Richey Volunteer Fire Department was organized through donations and the volunteers were able to purchase an Ajax Chemical Engine mounted on a Ford chassis at a cost of $2,000.
The Fire Department currently operates out of 2 fire stations fully staffed with 21 career Firefighter-Paramedics augmented by 10 part-time Firefighter EMTs working 3 shifts on a 24-48 hour schedule. In addition to providing fire protection services, the fire department responds to many other emergencies including emergency medical service calls, hazardous material spills or releases, auto accidents with injuries, severe weather related emergencies, water rescue and recovery, technical rescue and any other natural or man-made emergency. In addition to emergency services, the fire department provides a number of non-emergency services to ensure the safety of our community including inspections of all new buildings, buildings under renovation, and local businesses to make sure they meet the Florida Fire Prevention Code. The fire department also has a very popular fire safety education program not just during fire prevention week but year round. The fire department operates under the direction of Fire Chief Chris Fitch.