Sozo’s Ministries

On Thursday, January 21, 2021, Lieutenant Derek Foss, DVP for Local 2546 and Chief Officers from the Department presented a check for $3000.00 to Dwayne “Bishop” Freeze of Sozo’s Ministries. This organization's main focus is to get kids off the streets and into more a...

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School Fire Drill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbBT7ZLg2Bk Each year, our Public Schools are required by the State to conduct monthly fire drills. But last year was like no other. In order to keep our children safe and to continue to social distance, the State modified fire drill...

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COVID-19 Vaccine Immunizations

On Friday, January 1, 2021, Saturday, January 2, Sunday, January 3 and Monday, January 4, 2021, Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Paramedic’s assisted the Manatee County Health Department and Manatee County EMS / Public Safety in the administration of the...

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Firefighters assist local youth organization

This Christmas, employees of the Southern Manatee Fire District teamed up with a local Youth organization, aimed at keeping kids off the streets and on the right path.  Sozo’s Ministries, located within the District boundaries, has an Annual Christmas Party and relies...

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“Operation Surprise”

On Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 1100 hours, Home Depot Store #6319, 5475 University Parkway, invited the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District to their store for “Operation Surprise”. When we arrived we were greeted by store managers and employees that presented us...

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Flowers Bakery

On Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 1000 hours, Flowers Baker, 6490 Parkland Drive, donated multiple bakery bins full of bread, dinner rolls, cookies and other delicious bakery goods for all off our Fire Stations. The men and women of the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue...

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The Correct Way to Fry a Turkey

On Monday, November 23, 2020 at 1300 hours, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District and the Manatee County Communication Department partnered together to produce a video safety message on how to properly fry a turkey. This video was produced at Fire Station #2, 1911...

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DRONERESPONDERS Recognition

“Southern Manatee was recently awarded the DRONERESPONDERS Recognition of Public Safety Outstanding Drone Programs award.  This recognition highlights and promotes public safety drone/UAS programs for innovation, enhancing safety and improving...

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Braden River High School demonstration

Yesterday Squad 328 was invited to Braden River High School to demonstrate how SMFR is integrating drone technology into our hazmat response. The students were part of the technology, engineering and environmental sciences classes and many were also members of the...

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MDA fundraising

On Feb 6th, 7th, and 8th Southern Manatee Fire and Rescue raised over $14,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's fill the boot campaign!  Great Job!

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Spaghetti Dinner

During the Annual Fall Festival at Abel Elementary, Southern Manatee Fire Rescue provides the school with a gift certificate for their silent auction.  Whoever purchases the certificate would be given a fun filled night at our Station 1 and dinner with the...

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