Awards presented 10.20.22

Congratulations to our newly promoted Lieutenants: Lt. Seth Burnett Lt. Mike Murphy Lt. Kiel Duquette And, years of service awards to: FF Jarek DeHart 20 Years Lt. Chad D’Agostino 20 Years Lt. Wayne Lambert 25 Years Lt. Kiel Duquette 20 Years FF Stuart Ramer 20 Years...

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IAFF Local 2546 Contract Signing

At the July 21, 2022 Board of Commissioners meeting the newest IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) union contract was accepted and signed.  The contract comes from efforts by the union negotiation team and administration at Southern Manatee Fire and...

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30 year awards

On July 21 2022 Southern Manatee Fire and Rescue awarded Lt. Melvin Bonds and Cpt. Adam Chevalier certificates and ribbons for 30 years of service with the department.  Please join us in congratulating Lt. Bonds and Cpt. Chevalier on this achievement.   [gallery...

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Chihuahua rescue

On 04/20/2022 SMFR “A” shift was dispatched to a working structure fire in the Briarwood subdivision.  All occupants were out of the structure, but the family pet was not located during the evacuation.  Crews made entry and while one crew was battling the fire the...

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New Hires

Southern Manatee Fire Rescue would like to announce the hiring of 5 new firefighters.  The new hires are filling vacancies created as a result of recent retirements and internal promotions. Firefighter/Paramedic Luis Penarenas Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Woods...

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Promotion of Paul Wojcik

Southern Manatee Fire Rescue would like to congratulate Paul Wojcik on his promotion to Inspector.  The administration looks forward to this newest addition to the Prevention Bureau and knows Paul will do an outstanding job. Please join us in congratulating Inspector...

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Retirement of Larry Betts

Southern Manatee Fire Rescue would like to congratulate Larry Betts on his retirement.  We would like to thank Larry for his 19 years of service to the citizens of Manatee County.

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Promotion of Steve Hodges

Southern Manatee Fire Rescue would like to congratulate Steve Hodges on his promotion to Lieutenant.   Please join us in congratulating Lieutenant Hodges on his promotion.

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Promotion of Adam Chevalier

Southern Manatee Fire Rescue would like to congratulate Adam Chevalier on his promotion to Logistics Captain.  This position, being new to our organization will report directly to the Assistant Chief and will be primarily responsible for supervising, monitoring, and...

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Promotion of Sam Collins

Southern Manatee Fire Rescue would like to congratulate Sam Collins on his promotion to Lieutenant.   Please join us in congratulating Lieutenant Collins on his promotion.

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Retirement of Ken Reed       

Southern Manatee Fire Rescue would like to congratulate Ken Reed on his retirement.  We would like to thank Kenny for his 33 years of service to the citizens of Manatee County.

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Promotion of Chuck Moonen

Southern Manatee Fire Rescue would like to congratulate Chuck Moonen on his promotion to Inspector.  The administration looks forward to this newest addition to the Prevention Bureau and knows Chuck will do an outstanding job. Please join us in congratulating...

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Promotion of Dan Anderson

Southern Manatee Fire Rescue would like to congratulate Dan Anderson on his promotion to EMS Officer.  This position will report directly to the Training Chief and will be primarily responsible for all EMS training, paramedic and EMT alike, quality management,...

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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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