Pasco County Historical Society Meeting and Potluck September 15

Where’s the Fire?  Talk About the Embers!

In the past 30 years, the fire protection service in Pasco County has made the transition from municipal fire departments assisted by volunteer fire departments in rural areas to a modern, countywide, professional fire rescue service.

During this time, a lot has changed.  Fire trucks are now replaced when 10 years old; improvements have made the fire hoses easier to handle and spray a higher volume of water; the air packs weigh half as much; 9-1-1 dispatch communications have been implemented; street names and numbers have been standardized throughout the county; mobile phones have added a new dimension; and new fire stations have been constructed and staffed (ex. San Antonio in 2013).

Now Pasco County Fire Rescue provides countywide coverage for both fire and ambulance services. Battalion Chief Greg Gude (Retired) will discuss this history and related stories which occurred during his tenure with Pasco County Fire Rescue.

SPEAKER:  Greg Gude, Battalion Chief (Retired)

Greg Gude has over 30 years of experience with Pasco County Fire Rescue.  He started as a volunteer during his senior year in high school; joined Pasco County Fire Rescue in 1987; and worked as a driver, engineer, lieutenant, captain, and battalion chief.  When he retired on June 30, 2017, he was responsible for overseeing six stations and responding to all structure fires in his district.  Additionally, Mr. Gude has been involved with his family business, Kumquat Growers.

DINNER:  Potluck

A covered-dish dinner precedes the program, so bring something special to share.  Please bring your own cutlery for your personal use, disposable plate(s), and your beverage of choice.

Also bring disposable serving utensils and serving plates, unless your permanent utensils and platters are clearly marked for easy identification.  Bring covered dish items through the main entrance to the Dr. Richard F. Lockey Tool Collection Exhibit Room inside the museum building.

Meeting to be held at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village at 7 pm. at the corner of US 301 and Museum Road. Turn east onto Museum Road and cross the railroad tracks.  Go slightly north (left) to the main gate turn right to the main building parking lot.