As the Suncoast begins to recover from Hurricane Irma, Congressman Vern Buchanan today pointed residents to a number of federal disaster relief programs that can help with the recovery.
"I want to make sure my constituents are aware of the federal resources available to help address any damage Irma left behind," said Buchanan, who monitored the storm from the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center.
The federal disaster declaration issued Sunday for Sarasota, Manatee and Hillsborough Counties unlocked a number of programs to help residents, including grants and loans for home repairs, rental assistance for temporary housing, unemployment payments, loans for small businesses and crisis counseling.
To apply for assistance, individuals and business owners should visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.read more
Trash and Recycle Updates: No collection for recycling or yard waste. Trash will be picked up on normal days. Monday trash day will be picked up Wednesday.
Water Update: Please limit the usage in areas without power as the sewer may backup. The lift stations are down in those areas and will not work properly until power is restored.
Power Update: Crews are working to restore power throughout Manatee County. The Emergency Website for reporting an outage is currently unavailable and FPL has asked citizens without power to call it in. 1-800-468-8243
Manatee County Public Schools: Schools are closed until Monday September 18th.
Manatee County Government Offices: Will reopen September 13th.
Infrastructure Damage & Flooding: Call Public Works at 941-708-7497
Other Issues: Citizens Information Center at 941-749-3547
Fuel Location: go to http://www.gasbuddy.com
For additional information: http://www.mymanatee.orgread more
Southern Manatee Volunteer Firefighter Association’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament at Palm Aire Country Club
Please join us for the 16th Annual Southern Manatee Volunteer Firefighter Association Golf Tournament at the beautiful and exclusive Palm Aire Golf and Country Club! To celebrate our 16th year, we are hosting our golf tournament at one of Manatee county’s oldest and most storied golf courses.read more
On July 26th thru the 28th all Southern Manatee Fire Rescue operations personnel attended a 2 hour In-
Service by Saleh Freedom. This non-profit organization specializes in minor abuse and sex trafficking.
On March 30, 31 and June 29, all personnel from the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District attending a workshop presented by the Florida Autism Society. The instructor for this class was Teresa Becerra and she provided 2 sessions each day in training our personnel on how to deal and treat autistic patients. Teresa brought her 20 year old son, Robert who is autistic.read more
On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District presented numerous awards to its personnel during at the beginning of their Commission meeting.
The following personnel received the following awards:read more
On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District swears in two new Firefighter/EMT’s at the beginning of their monthly Commission meeting. Month’s back the District had some retirements and began the employment process utilizing candidates obtained through the National Testing Network (NTN).read more
On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District responded to 1401 44th Avenue East at 1200 hours for a report of a structure fire. Upon leaving the Station Battalion 3 advised ECC that he had a large column of thick black smoke and requested a 2nd alarm to dispatch.
Engine 321 arrived 3 minutes later at 1203 hours and reported a fully involved building with fire spreading to a large pile of tires.
On Thursday, June 1, 2017, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Hazardous Materials Team responded to the North River Fire District for a fuel spill in a boat. Accidentally a boat owner pumped over 20 gallons of fuel through a rod holder instead of his fuel tank. This fuel ended up in bottom of this boat in the well and rapidly became an extremely dangerous incident.read more
On 4/18, 19 & 20 Southern Manatee Fire Rescue presented certificates of appreciation to EVO gymnastics and several of the gymnast in recognition of their demonstration of acrobatics they practice on a routine basis. This demonstration gives valuable insight to first responders who may be called upon to render care in the event of an injury.read more
On Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 0900 to 1600 hours, the District conducted our annual Strategic Planning Workshop with all of their officers and staff personnel. Each year prior to the starting on the next fiscal year’s budget, all personnel submit their budget request for either new equipment, maintenance & repair of existing equipment, supplies and continuation requests.
At this meeting all of these requests are reviewed and any new equipment or ideas are discussed and voted on to determine if they will be included in the next year’s budget.read more
Southern Manatee Fire Rescue Haz-mat Team Receives Unit Citation from the Manatee County Fire Chief’s Association
On Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Manatee County Fire Chief’s Association meeting issued the “Chief’s Unit Citation Award” to members of the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Hazardous Materials Team for their professionalism and Team work during a multi-agency response to an overturned gasoline tanker accident on I-75 just north of University Parkway on December 12, 2016.read more
On February 16, 2017 shortly after 1700 hours, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District conducted a promotional ceremony. Prior to the start of the Fire Commission meeting, Fire Chief Brian Gorski announced the promotions of Lieutenant Mike Bloski to the rank of Captain, Lieutenant Bobby Thayer to the rank of Captain, 1st Class Firefighter/EMT Brian Hodges to Lieutenant and 1st Class Firefighter/EMT Ed Tumolo to the rank of Lieutenant.read more
Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Responds to Storm Damage as a result of the Severe Weather that hit the area
At 7:50 PM on January 22, 2017 Manatee County was placed under a Tornado Warning and shortly after this warning around 8:00 P.M. a line of severe weather and strong winds hit our area and did cause damage to a mobile home located in the Casa Loma Mobile Home Park.read more
On January 17, 2017 at 1100 hours, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District held a retirement ceremony for Firefighter/EMT Bert Carpenter. Firefighter/EMT Bert Carpenter completed 19 years with Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District. FF/EMT Carpenter was assigned to C-Shift Station #3.read more
On Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 1100 hours, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District held their annual awards ceremony however this year it was made into an Awards Banquet and the food was provided by Sonny’s BBQ. Sonny’s BBQ was one of the prizes that the District received from winning both 1st Place and People’s Choice in the annual Morton’s Market Chili Cook-off.read more
Southern Manatee Fire Rescue Wins 1st Place and People’s Choice Awards in Morton’s Market 17th Annual Chili Cook-Off
On Sunday, October 16th, 2016, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District participated in Morton’s Market 17th Annual Chili Cook-off that raises money for the Sarasota Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund.read more
Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Holds Open House to Kick Off the Start of Fire Prevention Week
On Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10:00 to 2:00, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District held their 2nd Annual Open House to kick off the Start of Fire Prevention Week.read more
Recently Southern Manatee purchased a U.A.S. (Unmanned Aerial System or Drone) for it’s HazMat team. This system allows us to gather real time information from long distances without having to put firefighters in harms way.read more