The following weekend, on March 1, Southern Manatee’s “HAZMAT CHILI” was at it again. This time was to help raise funds for the Manatee Art Center in downtown Bradenton. This was the 2nd annual Pottery sale and Chili Cook-Off event held by the Art Center. HAZMAT CHILI managed to win first place in the People’s Choice at his event for the second year in a row.
At the last SMFR commission meeting, a few of Southern Manatee's finest were honored with one of the highest awards given out by Southern Manatee. The recipients of these awards are nominated by members of the SMFR district. They are given to the individuals that have stood out amongst the rest and have gone "above and beyond" over the last year. These are coveted awards which will go on to help define these individuals careers. The Officer of the year award went to Chief Brian Gorski (for being freaking awesome), Firefighter of the year went to Firefighter Shawn Mcmullen and the Staff employee of the year went to Debbie Hiser Congratulations to you guys!
Also during that same meeting, Chief Gorski gave out "Innovation Awards" to those individuals who have "improved the Department by providing an idea which increases safety, improves training, provides financial savings, improves service to the citizens or is otherwise beneficial to the District." These individuals are, LT. Ryan Kaliher for creating a "rescue dummy" made from old fire hose, LT. Adam Perry for helping turn our old station 3 into a new training facility, FF. Matt Garcia for creating and implementing a new "Baby car seat safety program" at Southern Manatee, FF. Jason Weisman for constructing a state of the art water rescue training prop and LT. Melvin Bonds for purchasing bowling pins to use as rescue training aids.
SMFR Honors Local Citizens For Their Life Saving Efforts
On Thursday, November 21st, 2013, at 6:00 PM at the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Administration Building, 2451 Trailmate Drive, in the Parkland Industrial Park, the Board of Fire Commissioner’s will be recognizing five (5) citizens and emergency responders for their quick actions that resulted in a life being saved from a sudden cardiac arrest event.
On October 12, 2013 at 1004 hours, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District and Manatee County Emergency Medical Services responded to a tennis court on Royal Cascades Way for an unconscious person. When the patient went unconscious, the (5) citizens witnessed this event and immediately recognized that an emergency occurred, called 9-1-1, began CPR and deployed an automatic external defibrillator (AED) that was on site.
These five (5) citizens continued their life-saving efforts until the arrival of emergency personnel. A pulse was restored and this patient was then transported to a local hospital. Today this patient is at home living a normal life because of the quick actions by these five citizens and emergency personnel.
According to the American Heart Association statistics, Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States and about 250,000 die each year before reaching a hospital. See full story...
Kinnan Elementary Students Honor Those That Have Served
On November 20th at 9:00 am Southern Manatee Fire Rescue Station 3 and staff were treated an outdoor concert by Kinnan Elementary. Mrs. Greene, the music teacher for Kinnan, had the entire 3rd grade on the front lawn of Station 3 where the students performed several patriotic songs that were preceded by a reading that expressed thanks to all of those who serve/have served their country in various ways. The event lasted about 20 minutes and culminated with a choreographed song reminding us that we are all “Americans”. Station 3’s crew and staff members present were all honored by the presentation and effort that went into the making of this exhibition. Chief Gorski gave a short speech thanking the children and teachers for all of their hard work. Thanks goes out to all of the 3rd grade teachers for putting on this event. They are; Mrs. Durfee, Ms. Smith, Ms. Wilder, Ms. Diaz, Mrs. Preston, Mrs. Hurst. And a special thanks to Mrs. Greene for an outstanding performance.
SMFR Goes Pink "For The Cure!"
For the second consecutive year, Southern Manatee Fire Rescue is showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness month by "Going Pink for the Cure!" For the month of October, firefighters from Southern Manatee will be wearing pink t-shirts to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Many of us have had loved ones who have suffered from Breast Cancer and this is our way of showing support for them and the millions of other women who have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. For more information about Breast Cancer, please click here.
A-Shift Fights Early Morning Structure Fire
In the early morning hours of Saturday Sept. 14th, Southern Manatee Fire Rescue was dispatched to a residential structure fire at the 3500 block of 19th St Ct. E. Southern Manatee responded with 4 units (E321, T313, E311, BAT3) and Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue added an additional unit (E221). No one was injured from the fire. The property damage was estimated at over thirty thousand dollars.
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SMFR Adopts Child Car Seat Safety Program
The Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District has partnered with SAFE-KIDS worldwide to provide child passenger safety seat checks. Installing a car seat can be a challenge, but it’s important to get the installation correct so that the car seat can work properly in a crash. Once you’ve installed your child’s seat, or any time you have questions about car seat safety, you can find certified child passenger safety technicians at the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District who can assist you. Here are a few facts pertaining to child passenger safety statistics:
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Southern Manateee Receives "Safety Award Of The Year"!
On June 13th, at the annual Florida Association of Special Districts conference that was held in Weston, Florida, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District received the Safety Award of the Year. The men and women of the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District worked extremely hard to achieve this prestigious recognition and award. In 2008 the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District loss ratio was at 353% and by 2012 they brought it down to and outstanding 1%. The experience modification for 2013 was 1.19% and it is projected to be at .97% for 2014. Since 2008, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District created, trained, and implemented numerous safety policies and procedures, including an annual requirement of all employees completing an emergency vehicle operation course on their various fire apparatus. A very proactive Safety Committee that not only investigate accidents but it also responsible for preventing them through education. See full story...
SMFR Participates In Multi-Agency Haz-Mat And Technical Rescue Training Drill
For three consecutive days in June, SMFR, CHFR, WMFR, BFD, EMFR amd MCEMS participated in a multi agency training drill along with Tropicana's Emergency Response Teams. The drill consisted of a Haz-Mat training exercise and a confined space technical rescue drill occurring almost simultaneously on each of the three days. The training exercise was hosted by Tropicana and took place at their facility over a 3 day period in an effort to cover all three shifts. The drill was a huge success. All of the agencies involved participate in various training drills throughout the year in order to maintain these high level skills. See more photos...
SMFR Puts Latest Holmatro Extrication Equipment To The Test
The local and regional Holmatro Representatives brought their cache of the latest, state of the art, extrication equipment for Southern Manatee firefighters to put to the test. Our crews put them to good use as they dismantled an early model Grand Marquis. On display were their most powerful cutters and spreaders, along with light weight power units, manual hydraulic spreaders, adjustable telescoping rams, and mini re-bar cutters. See more photos...
Even FireFighters Have Heroes
John 15:13 says "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends". This is the verse that A-Shift at Southern Manatee uses as their motto. It's a creed that we proudly wave on our shift flags, our vehicle decals and on the back of our shirts. You may not be able to get the other shifts to admit it, but I know they share the same sentiment behind the words "His life for his friends". Firefighting is an institution of brotherhood and community. It is made up of men and women who, at the ringing of a bell, are willing to do anything and everything for each other and for the citizens of their community to the extent of "Giving his life...". Nowhere else can you find a better example of what that verse means than right here at Southern Manatee. See full story...
SMFR Honors Local Man For Saving Neighbor From Fire
Lawrence Smith saved a neighbor from a fire at their apartment complex back in April. On Tuesday, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue district showed their gratitude and thanks for his fearless actions.
Smith says it never even crossed his mind to not go into the burning apartment, because he knew his neighbor was still inside. And thanks to his quick action, the fire chief says the woman would have been seriously injured, or could have even died.
Fire officials say they received the call for a structure fire around noon on April 5th. When units arrived on the scene, firefighters reported seeing flames and heavy smoke coming from this second floor apartment. See full story....