Some Tampa Bay area emergency crews allowed to respond to calls

TAMPA BAY (WFLA) — Some law enforcement agencies and other service companies in the Tampa Bay area pulled crew members due to dangers posed by Hurricane Irma.  Monday morning, some of those crews were allowed back out on the road after winds died down a bit.

Hillsborough County:

  • The sheriff’s office and Fire Rescue have resumed 911 call response.
  • The Plant City Police Department has resumed normal patrol operations and teams have been out assessing the damage.

Pasco County: 

  • Pasco County Fire Rescue is no longer responding to calls for service. If you have an emergency, call 911 and emergency crews will respond as soon as it’s safe.

Pinellas County:

  • Sheriff’s deputies are back on patrol conducting damage and safety assessments.


  • Due to high wind speeds, Largo Fire Rescue Vehicles can no longer respond to emergency calls. Emergency calls are being logged and prioritized for response as soon as it’s safe to do so.


  • Clearwater firefighters have been called back to stations as winds from Irma have increased.

St. Petersburg:

  • All St. Petersburg police and firefighters have ceased emergency services and will resume once conditions are safe.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office: 

  • As of 4 p.m., deputies are no longer responding to service calls as conditions are now too dangerous.

City of Lakeland:

  • Lakeland Fire Department has resumed service, but they ask residents to continue to stay in place
  • If you see wires down or arching, please call 863-834-4248

Sarasota County:

  • Fire/EMS crews and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office have halted operations from Blackburn Point Road south and cannot respond to 911 calls until conditions improve.

City of Sarasota: 

  • Sarasota deputies are now responding to emergency calls.

Hernando County: 

  • Conditions have been deteriorating quickly and compromising the ability to dispatch first responders.
  • First responders will not be responding to emergencies during winds that exceed 40 mph.

City of North Port:

  • Emergency responders have been called in. They will begin answering calls for service once winds die down below 45 mph. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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