A Hernando County fire department is shutting down after 40 years of service.

Now the question is, what's going to happen to the fire trucks and equipment? One word: auction.

The High Point Volunteer Fire Department will soon be history. Everything must go - except the memorial bell outside.

The department, which serves a 55-and-over community, doesn't have enough certified volunteers anymore, so the county's fire rescue will take over.

Fire Chief Joe Curcio is sad to see it all come to an end.

"It's heartbreaking because of the people," he said. "It's a very, very close community."

Everything the department has is tagged and going up for auction. That includes fire trucks, an ambulance, fire gear and a lot more.

"They are going to sell the cabinets believe it or not," Curcio said. "Everything goes. You come in here with a big enough truck, you could load it up, take it somewhere, and open up a fire department."

Resident Joyce Bergerson is going to miss the fire department. She called once when she was having a heart attack.

"They were almost here before I could take another breath," she said. "Very, very efficient."

There is a lot of good stuff up for auction even if you're not in the firefighting business. So before the doors close for good, there are some bargains to be had.

The auction is set for July 25, but you can check everything out at the firehouse the week before.