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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.


West Manatee to Display Beach Conditions at Stations

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Article courtesy of the Bradenton Herald - By AMARIS CASTILLO This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it May 28, 2014


Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/05/28/5176405/anna-maria-island-installs-beach.html?sp=/99/100/&ihp=1#storylink=cpy

ANNA MARIA ISLAND -- Flags have begun to pop up in Anna Maria Island this week -- but they're not ordinary.

Those living or visiting the island will see different colored flags as the result of the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District's new program for warning the public about beach conditions on the island.

In conjunction with National Beach Safety Week, Fire Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, and Fire Station No. 2, 10350 Cortez Road, Bradenton, will fly beach warning flags from 10:30 a.m. through dusk daily.

Updates on water conditions will be based on lifeguard station reports from Coquina and Manatee public beaches received twice a day. Firefighters will change flags to reflect the weather.

One red flag indicates a high hazard such as a high surf and/or strong currents.

One yellow flag indicates a medium hazard such as moderate surf and/or currents.

Each station will have a sign with information on flag color meanings.


USAR Training Conducted

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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


Climb Tampa 2014

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Read more...On Saturday, March 22, 2014, members of West Manatee Fire Rescue participated in the American Lung Association’s Annual Fight for Air Climb.  The annual event draws hundreds of people who walk or run their way up all 41 floors (892 steps) of the Bank of America Plaza in downtown Tampa.  The event raises money for education, research and advocacy for pulmonary related diseases.  Climbers typically climb for loved ones who have succumbed to or who are battling pulmonary related illness.  Members of West Manatee Fire Rescue climbed for every citizen in their district who struggles with diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, Asthma, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, etc. 

West Manatee Firefighters participated in the full-gear, fire rescue division competing against other Tampa Bay area fire departments.  Team members scaled the 41 floors in full-bunker gear and air packs.  Team times are calculated using the three fastest individual times within each team.  West Manatee placed 3rd out of the 8 competing departments with an amazing team time of 10:55.  Even more astounding, is the $4,027.90 raised by the West Manatee Firefighters.    

Team members are Jacob Taylor, Jorden Mcpherson, Kiersen Thompson, Tom Price, Tyler Macdonald, Derek Bill, Zach Benshoff, Lionel Harrison, Tim Pierce, Kyle Warren, and Rodney Kwiatkowski.



Fire Hit Fairway Laundry

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Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/03/08/5033870/burglars-steal-change-burn-bradenton.html#storylink=cpy

BRADENTON -- Burglars stole change and partially burned a Manatee Avenue laundromat early Friday, shutting down the 50-year-old business during its busiest season.

At about 6 a.m. Friday, firefighters from West Manatee Fire and Rescue responded to a call at Fairway Laundry at 5243 Manatee Ave. W. When they arrived, they found a number of clothes driers and other machinery in flames.

Jim Davis, a deputy fire marshal with the fire service, said firefighters quickly doused the flames. But what they found when the smoke cleared shocked him.

"I was kind of surprised when the first-in officer told me that several of the machines had been broken into," Davis said.


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