On April 3, 2014, the Manatee County Light Technical Rescue Team 644, conducted a training evolution in the skill of structural collapse rescue. Shores were constructed to stabilize a building from further collapse in order to perform a rescue if necessary.
Team member from West Manatee, Cedar Hammock, and Southern Manatee Fire Rescue participated in the drill. The drill was designed to refresh LTRT 644 members in one of the five disciplines of urban search and rescue. Team members train monthly in the areas of high angle rope rescue, confined space rescue, structural collapse rescue, vehicle extrication rescue, and trench rescue.
Team 644 is used in Manatee County for technical rescues, as well as an international deployment resource for natural or man-made disasters.
West Manatee members include Lt Paul Hopkins, FF Nate Bergbom, FF Buddy Bowen, FF Jeff Philips, FF Chad Brunner, and FF Andrew. Lauricella