New employees join SMFR

We are pleased to introduce the newest additions to the Southern Manatee Fire Rescue family.  Firefighter Paramedic Christopher McKinniss and Firefighter Paramedic Easton Evans both joined us in the 3rd quarter of 2021.

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Southern Manatee Fire Rescue promotes two employees

The Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District is pleased to announce the promotion of Deputy Chief of Operations Ricardo Blanco to the position of Assistant Chief and Training Captain Robert Thayer to the position of Training Chief.  These individuals have shown...

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Drug Free Manatee PSA

On May 10th, 2021 at approximately 8:30pm, Southern Manatee Fire Rescue partnered with Drug Free Manatee to create a PSA video. Ladder 339, ALS Engine 341, Battalion 3, Alpha 7, and SMFR Training Division created a crash scene where we extricated a driver from a...

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Life Saving Award

On May 20, 2021 Southern Manatee Fire Rescue awarded the Life Saving Award to Felix Tacoronte.  On March 27, 2021 units were dispatched to a pediatric near drowning.  The child was reportedly submerged for over one minute.  Felix Tacoronte was a bystander at the pool...

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Retirement of Fire Marshal Leslie Adent

On Wednesday March 31, 2021 Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District honored Fire Marshal Leslie Adent’s 31 years of service to the District.  Leslie was one of the last firefighters from the Oneco-Tallevast Fire Department that eventually merged with Tallevast FD to...

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Promotion of Deputy Fire Marshal Frank Meola

On Thursday March 13, 2021 Southern Manatee Fire Rescue District promoted Frank Meola to the position of Deputy Fire Marshal.  Frank has served over 16 years with SMFR as an experienced firefighter and inspector.  Congratulations to Deputy Fire Marshal Meola. [gallery...

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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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