Pasco County Fire Rescue began as a career fire department in 1974. Fire stations and facilities are spread through out Pasco County, and cover approximately 764 square miles serving a population of close to 500,000 people. At this time, the department provides fire protection covering all of unincorporated Pasco County, including the cities of Dade City, San Antonio and Saint Leo. Pasco County Fire Rescue also provides advanced life support level emergency medical ambulance services to the entire county.
The department operates out of 26 stations (23 Career, and 3 Volunteer) with over 420 paid professionals and as well as volunteers, along with a support staff of approximately 65 people, which include administration, ambulance billing, supply. The department is a cross-trained agency in which all paid fire fighters are required to be trained as EMTs or paramedics. The department's insurance services organization rating is 4/9. All Public Safety Emergency Communications for the department and the county is handled by the County's Emergency Communications division.