SMFR Firefighters Support Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month

Last year, during the month of August, SMFR personnel participated in a district wide Firefighter Cancer Awareness campaign. With the help of our fellow fire districts, Local 2546, and SMFR we raised over $6,000.00 for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. So, to all that participated last year; thank you.

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Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Conducts Awards Ceremony

On July 19, 2018 the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue Fire District at their Commission meeting held their awards ceremony. The District awarded the following personnel with the Phoenix Award for resuscitating five (5) cardiac arrest patients during the month of May 2018; Lieutenant Dan Anderson, Firefighter/EMT Keusch, Firefighter/EMT Baserva; Lieutenant Tony Hauck, Firefighter/EMT Mike Murphy, Firefighter/EMT Velazquez, Firefighter/EMT Dunois; Lieutenant Foss, Firefighter/Paramedic Young, Firefighter/EMT Sedgley, Firefighter/EMT Kenniff, Firefighter/EMT Burghdurf.

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Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Fire Commissioner Melanie Marken Receives her Certification as a Certified District Official (CDO)

On June 13, 2018 Commissioner Melanie Marken was awarded her Certified District Official (CDO) by the Florida Association of Special Districts (FASD) at their annual meeting in Orlando. Combined with a demanding job as a paralegal for Sarasota County and her commitment as Commissioner to Southern Manatee Fire Rescue (SMFR), Melanie has dedicated three years of time and effort into obtaining this well respected certification.

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Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Receives $5000.00 from Preferred Training/Safety Incentive Program

The Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District receives a check for $5000.00 for two (2) Safety grants that were submitted to the TIPS program. Captain Robert Thayer submitted two (2) grant applications for two (2) Safety equipment enhancements that the District implemented back in October 2017 for the purpose of reducing injures that could occur at the scene of a motor vehicle accident and structure fire.

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Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Recognizes Employees for Their Accomplishments

On April 19th, 2018 Suzann Moore was recognized for her retirement after 10 years of service to the District. Suzann was assigned to Fire Prevention as their secretary, however Suzann did a lot for many people across all Divisions. Additionally the District recognized Firefighter/EMT Kiel Duquette, Firefighter/EMT Tim Keusch and Firefighter/EMT Richard McGinley for their actions in retrieving a citizen that went off bridge off of Honore Avenue in her pick-up truck.

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Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Personnel Learning Emergency Cricothyrotomy Procedures in Paramedic School

Captain Robert Thayer, Firefighter/EMT Sam Collins and Firefighter/EMT David Wernet learning and practicing cricothyrotomy procedures. Cricothyrotomy is a required skill for Paramedic’s to learn and to become very proficient in. Cricothyrotomy is not a skill that is routinely performed in the field like IV’s and endotracheal intubations are and is actually performed when all other airway procedures have failed.

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Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Recognizes Two Manatee County Sheriff Deputies for their Heroic Actions at a Recent Structure Fire

On March 4th at 2236 hours, Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District was dispatched to a report of structure fire. When our first Engine arrived on scene they reported a “Working Fire” in a residential home. When our personnel arrived on scene they found two Manatee County Sheriff Deputies already on scene. Deputy Peter Papas was first on scene and actually was in the area before the call came in to us a structure fire, it first came in as a burglar alarm, and law enforcement was dispatched, however immediately after this dispatch, the 9-1-1 center received multiple calls reporting a working fire.

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Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Recognizes Citizen for Saving the Life of a Fellow Employee

On March 21st at 1618 hours, Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District was dispatched to a report of a person down, possible cardiac arrest. When our first Engine arrived on scene they found a male patient lying on the ground in the rear of a large warehouse with a citizen performing CPR. This citizen was Mark Smith, a co-worker of the patient that was in cardiac arrest. According to Mr. Smith, while working, his co-worker became ill and collapsed. Mr. Smith immediately called 9-1-1 and immediately began CPR.

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Retirement of Suzann Moore

On Wednesday, March 28 2018, Suzann Moore retired from the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District after completing ten (10) years of dedicated service to the District and to the citizens that she served. Suzann was assigned to our Fire Prevention Division and filled the position of Fire Prevention Secretary.

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SMFR HAZMAT Techs. Train Using Drones To Detect Radiation

Southern Manatee Fire Rescue’s HazMat team got to take part in Radiation detection/monitoring using the DJI M200 drone. Utilizing real radioactive material, thanks to the Florida Bureau of Radiation Control, we were able to attach our Canberra Ultraradiac Personal Monitor to the drone and obtain not only the labeling in the packaging but detect its Rem output. Southern Manatee’s progressive approach to HazMat response utilizing drones has created a pathway for critical information to be gathered without placing firefighters in harms way.

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Southern Manatee Firefighters Compete In Annual Fight For Air Stair Climb

On March 10th Danny Burton, Chuck Moonen and Adam Perry participated in the Annual Fight for Air Stair Climb. This event benefits the American Lung Association and raised almost $160,000. They climbed in full gear for 42 floors in the Tampa Bank of America Building. While progressing up the stairs, they quickly realize what it is like to experience breathing problems! Chuck Moonen won with the fastest time in his age group and finished 6th overall! Awesome job guys!

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SMFR Firefighters compete In Savage Race

On March 17th, Chad D’Agostino, Todd Pierce, Chris Snider, Jordan Velazquez, Brittan Williams, Brent Ranney, Brian Hodges, Dan Reisdorf, Dave Sedgley, Sully Sedgley and Adam Perry participated in the Savage Race. This was held in Dade City. It was approximately 7 miles of running with 30 obstacles scattered throughout. The obstacles include a pool of ice that had to be swam through, “Colossus” a 1/4 pipe that goes up to stairs where there is a 43′ slide and “Sawtooth” a 35′ up and down monkey bars over water. Many obstacles were sure to test their physical and mental capabilities. The guys came together as a team and helped each other through the event. Nobody was left behind. All that participated finished with a respectful time. Great job by all!

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SMFR Demonstrates The Use Of Drones In HazMat Response

Southern Manatee Fire Rescue is using drones to determine the risk associated with some hazmat situations. The technology takes the place of the first in entry teams and the drone determines if there are any hazardous materials in the area. Then, the teams know how to properly and safely respond without putting crews in danger.

“Anything we can do to help the public, that’s why we’re here,” proudly stated Chris Gould, Battalion Chief of Southern Manatee Fire Rescue and the county’s Hazard Materials Team Coordinator.

Public safety is number one for Southern Manatee Fire Rescue

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Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District Honors Lisa Kalmbach for her many years in providing Critical Incident Stress Debriefing to the Emergency Services Personnel of Manatee County

On February 15, 2018 at the SMFR Commissioner meeting, Lisa Kalmbach, employee of the Emergency Communication Center of Manatee County, was recognized and honored with an appreciation plaque for her many years of service in providing CISD services to all Fire, EMS and Law enforcement personnel in Manatee County.

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