HAZMAT Training Brings Out SMFR's Next Generation Of Firefighters


During SMFR's recent in house HAZMAT training class, Cooper Duquette (son of firefighter Keil Duquette) took some time out to enjoy a photo opp with his dad while his father performed some real time Hazardous Material training scenarios. 

SMFR Battalion Chief Receives Manatee County Fire Officer Of The Year Award

This past year Chris Gould, Battalion Chief with the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District and a member of the Manatee County Hazardous Materials Team has demonstrated outstanding dedication, leadership and commitment to the Manatee County Hazardous Materials Team. Chris is one of the Team Leaders and Chris during this past year ensured that all of the Hazardous Materials assets were inventoried, quarterly checked, tested and repaired or replaced as required. Chris traveled throughout the County to where these trailers were located and brought them back to Southern Manatee Fire Station #3 where he performed this work. He ensured that Fire Dispatch and the Fire District housing this equipment were aware that he had them. Upon completion he returned them. Additionally Chris attended all required training and worked with the other Team Leaders to produce a list for the Fire Chief’s that contained Team Members names, contact info, and training completion. This past year as well as previous years, Chris along with a few other Team Members have been the bandaid or glue keeping the Team alive. Chris puts in countless hours for this Team and attends numerous training sessions above and beyond of what is required without any compensation.                        -SMFR Chief Brian Gorski-

SMFR Firefighters Compete In The 2014 Fight For Air Stair Climb

On Saturday March, 22, Southern Manatee Fire Rescue participated in the American Lung Associations Fight for Air Stair Climb at the Bank of America building in Tampa. The 2014 SMFR team helped to raise money for the cause and climbed the 42 story building in full firefighter gear. This was the fifth year in a row that Southern Manatee firefighters competed in this friendly competition between local fire departments. There were 8 fire department teams and 76 firefighters in this year’s race. SMFR’s Chuck Moonen took 3rd place for the second year in a row. The team plans to continue their support of the American Lung Associations fund raising event and hopes to raise more money next year.


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