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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater Reminds Floridians to Celebrate Safely this Fourth of July

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TALLAHASSEE—Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater is urging Floridians to celebrate safely during upcoming Fourth of July celebrations.
 
“Independence Day weekend is a time to celebrate our country’s freedom and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, but we must be smart and remember that fires and serious injuries can be caused by the improper use of fireworks,” said CFO Atwater. “Ensure your friends and family stay safe this Fourth of July by safely and correctly using fireworks.”
 
In Florida, 120 fireworks-related incidents were responded to by fire departments across the state during the 2013-14 fiscal year. Ensure that you have a safe holiday by checking the Division of State Fire Marshal list of more than 2,000 sparklers that are approved for use in Florida. Anyone purchasing fireworks should also keep these safety tips in mind:
 
• Never give sparklers to young children, because sparklers can reach temperatures between 1,300 and 1,800 degrees, at least 200 degrees hotter than a standard butane lighter. 
• Keep pets indoors and away from all sparklers.
• Light only one item at a time and never attempt to re-light.
• Keep a fire extinguisher and water hose on-hand for emergencies and a bucket of water available for used sparklers.
• Only purchase sparklers from licensed vendors.
• Attend a public fireworks show. Many public displays sponsored by communities or organizations are presented all across Florida.
 
Floridians should not sign “waivers” in order to purchase fireworks. Signing a waiver will not clear a consumer of responsibility if caught illegally using fireworks.
 
For a complete list of Florida-approved sparklers your family can enjoy, please visit: http://www.myfloridacfo.com/Division/SFM/BFP/Documents/ApprovedSparklerList.pdf
 

West Manatee Fire Rescue to replace one of its stations built in the '60s

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West Manatee Fire Rescue to replace one of its stations built in the '60s

Fire Station No. 4, at 407 67th St. W. in Bradenton, is at the center of a planned design build project. Built in the 1960s, the station was first established for volunteer firefighters. Now, the station is used by 21 full-time firefighters who work in three shifts.

Fire Chief Kenneth Price said the project surrounding the station is the district's last and largest. On May 31, West Manatee Fire Rescue dedicated its Fire Station No. 2 after it was remodeled. That station now boasts a tripled size (2,100 square feet) and features a modern kitchen, television room, gym and a dining room that is used for training.

"I feel really good because that was an item that we identified way back in our first strategic plan," he said Monday. "It's at the end of its life span, and to have enough space for full-time firefighters is going to have a tremendous impact for them on a daily basis."

The design-build project was announced June 24 by Bradenton-based NDC Construction Co., which has contracted with Wannamacher/Jenser Architects Inc. to handle the design with Allison/Gauge Inc.

According to Price, the estimated cost for the project is $2 million to $2.5 million.

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Retiree, Steve Pontious, an 'All-Star Among Us'

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Retiree, Steve Pontious, an 'All-Star Among Us' 


Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/06/10/5197666/marauders-all-star-among-us-steve.html#storylink=cpy

MANATEE -- Terry Farrell was a firefighter who died Sept. 11, 2001 when Tower Two collapsed in the World Trade Center attack.

A father, husband, brother and a decorated member of Rescue 4/FDNY, Farrell was among 343 firefighters who died that day.

Seven years later, a thousand miles away in Bradenton, Steve Pontious, a retired firefighter from West Manatee Fire Rescue, was so moved by Farrell's story that he decided to dedicate his retirement to providing relief under Farrell's name to firefighters and their families facing hardship.

Pontious, 56, started the Florida Chapter of the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund in 2008.

"I met Terry's brother, Brian, at a firefighter's convention and we started talking," Pontious recalls. "They didn't have a Florida chapter. I got my friend Matt Thornton, from North River Fire District, involved and we decided to form the Florida chapter and support firefighters throughout the state."

Since 2008, the Florida Chapter of the Terry Farrell Firefighter's Fund has given more than $10,000 to firefighters and their families in Florida, with the money coming from grants, donations and fund-raising, Pontious said.

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BRADENTON HERALD EDITORIAL

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Manatee County beach condition flags now flying along roads 

June 7, 2014


Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/06/07/5192270/manatee-county-beach-condition.html?sp=/99/196/#storylink=cpy

Thank goodness that West Manatee Fire & Rescue District began displaying flags that communicate the status of the waters off Anna Maria Island at the district's Cortez Road and Holmes Beach stations.

Beach-goers can forgo driving across the Cortez Bridge and avoid searching for a parking spot at Holmes Beach upon seeing a red flag indicating high hazards.

Previously, those various flag alerts only flew at the lifeguard stations at Coquina and Manatee public beaches -- seen too late for a hasty retreat.

West Manatee Fire Rescue will receive water condition reports twice a day from the lifeguard stations. Double red means water closed; yellow, medium hazard; green, low hazard; and purple, marine pest in water (jellyfish, stingrays, dangerous fish).

Better yet, there's this: You don't have to drive anywhere to find out conditions. Check the rescue unit's website (wmfr.org) to find the link to the Mote Marine Laboratory beach alert site (http://coolgate.mote.org/beachconditions).

Then click on one of the flags to get a note about the water clarity, wind direction, surf conditions and whether there are respiratory irritants and dead fish fouling the beaches.

The site includes beach postings from the three coastal counties south of Manatee as well as Pinellas (Fort Desoto and Caladesi Island) and several Panhandle and Big Bend counties.

This will spare beach-goers the frustration of getting to the Gulf only to witness unbearable conditions.


Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/06/07/5192270/manatee-county-beach-condition.html?sp=/99/196/#storylink=cpy
 

West Manatee Fire Rescue dedicates newly remodeled station

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Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/05/30/5178250/west-manatee-fire-rescue-to-dedicate.html?sp=/99/179/#storylink=cpy

Article courtesy of Jessica De Leon, Bradenton Herald law enforcement reporter. Photo courtesy of TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald

After almost 30 years cramped into a space smaller than an average apartment, West Manatee Fire Rescue has a newly remodeled station for its crew to call their home away from home.

West Manatee dedicated its newly remodeled Fire Station No. 2 at 10 a.m. Saturday at 10350 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, followed by refreshments and an open house until 1 p.m.

"It was very cramped for

all these years," Fire Chief Kenneth Price said. "It was just the right time to upgrade the facility to a size that will accommodate all the crew living out there."

The station was built in 1987 to house volunteers but today at least five firefighter and two paramedics are stationed there daily.

The $1.5 million remodel began in 2012 with planning and design. Construction took about eight months to complete.

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