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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2018 Annual Report

The 2018 Annual Report is now available.   It can be downloaded here. http://www.smfr.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2018-Annual-Report.pdf

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Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Hazardous Materials Team Assists Manatee County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad with 45 pounds of Explosive Compound

On February 9, 2019, at 6:54 pm the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue district responded to a request from the North River Fire Department to respond to assist in identification of a container that was located in the 400 block of Horseshoe Rd in Palmetto, Florida. The Hazmat Team identified the object and its contents as an explosive compound.

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Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Recognizes Local Businesses that Provided Recent Support to the District’s Wellness Event

On January 17, 2019, the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Fire Commissioners recognized various local businesses that were major contributors to our 2nd Annual 5K Walk/Run event. Firefighter/EMT/Fitness Coordinator Christi Hollins provided the Fire Commissioners with information about each business and what they did in making our 2nd Annual 5K event a huge success once again. Appreciation plaques were given to New Balance, BJ’s Wholesale, Learning Express and Orange Theory Fitness.

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