Captain Mike Bloski honored by Congressman Vern Buchanan

Captain Mike Bloski is among a group that was honored by Congressman Vern Buchanan’s 16th District Congressional Fire and Rescue/EMS Awards ceremony. This award ceremony was held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, in the evening at the City of Bradenton City Hall...

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Firefighter/EMT Chris Snider Retires

On Monday, October 7, 2019 at 1130 hours the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District held a retirement ceremony for FF/EMT Chris Snider. FF/EMT Snider retires after completing 15 years with the District. FF/EMT Chris Snider actual began his career in the fire service...

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Rescue of an Injured Worker on a Roof

At 0841 hours on October 4, 2019 Engine 351 was dispatched to a report of person that fell from a roof. Upon arrival Engine 351 found their patient still on the roof. This patient apparently fell from one level of the roof to another. Engine 351 requested assistance...

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Certification of three new drivers

On Thursday 08/22/2019 our department certified three new drivers. Please join us in congratulating Firefighter / Paramedic Young, Firefighter / EMT Zitnick, & Firefighter / EMT Asher on their accomplishments. Our first time drivers program can take up to a year...

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Cigna’s 2019 Honorable Culture of Well-Being award

Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue District has been selected as Cigna's 2019 Honorable Culture of Well-Being award recipient for the South Florida market! The Well-Being Award application evaluates areas such as leadership, organizational foundations, policy and...

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2-Alarm Fire in a Commercial Building

On April 29 2019, at 1512 hours Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District was dispatched to 6341 33rd Street East for a report of a fire within a commercial building. The initial fire apparatus dispatched to this address was Engine 311, Engine 321, Engine 341, Ladder 339,...

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Hazmat Exercise at the Florida Railroad Museum

On March 20, 2019, SMFR crews participated with the Manatee County Emergency Management and 20 other public safety agencies in the 2019 First In Exercise at the Florida Railroad Museum. SMFR crews along with the Parrish Fire Rescue, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue,...

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Training on the old Sarasota Bradenton Airport tower

Southern Manatee is currently training on the old Sarasota Bradenton Airport tower. Crews are advancing lines to upper floors and simulating recuing trapped victims. Crews also are completing self preservation drills by breaching walls if trapped in the fire floor....

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Paramedic’s Graduate from Suncoast Technical College

On March 14th, Captain Robert Thayer, FF/EMT David Wernet and FF/EMT Sam Collins graduated from Suncoast Technical College after completing the Paramedic Class. They completed over 1100 hours of classroom training, clinical rotation at Sarasota Memorial Hospital...

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Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Receives TIPS Grant

On March 5th, at 1030 hours Pam Hancock presents a check in the amount of $1481.70. Back on February 6th, Captain Bobby Thayer submitted a grant application to Preferred, our Work Comp carrier, for a Safety Project to ensure the safety of our Firefighters during a...

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