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Brian Reed Remembered During Statewide Memorial Service

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(Ocala, FL.)  Eight Florida firefighters, including West Manatee’s Brian Reed, who gave their lives in the line of duty were honored on Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala, Florida. 

Joseph R. Barrett – West Sebring Volunteer Fire Department; Leon L. Benton – Jacksonville Fire Department; John M. Byers, Jr. – Ocean Reef Volunteer Fire Department; James A. Parks – Hialeah Fire Department; Roy Pratt – City of Orlando Fire Department; Brian E. Reed – West Manatee Fire Rescue; Victor B. Scott – Otter Creek Volunteer Fire Department; and Frank A. Smith – Cape Coral Fire Department

CFO/State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater attended the service, as well as Julius Halas, Director, Division of State Fire Marshal.  The Manatee County Honor Guard, along with honor guards and pipe and drums corps from across the state participated in the annual ceremony.

Assistant Superintendent Chief Bill Wendtlandt, memorialized Firefighter Brian Reed as follows:

"Brian Reed worked as a firefighter with West Manatee Fire Rescue.  He was a wonderful husband, father and friend.  As a child, Brian was an Eagle Scout and after graduating High School joined the Marines.  After returning home he became an electrician.  In 1989 Brian joined the Anna Maria Volunteer Fire Department and in 1995 was hired by that department.  In 2000 the department merged with Westside Fire Department becoming West Manatee Fire Rescue.

Brian was well liked within the department and never hesitated to lend a helping hand to anyone.  Brian was dedicated to his job and the department.  He was always there but behind the scenes, never wanting recognition.

He loved his family dearly and was known to never miss calling his daughters to tell them good night and that he loved them.

Brian is survived by his wife Pamela and daughters Elizabeth and Donna, and grandson Brian.

Brian Reed died in the line of duty on April 10, 2001”.

“This is one tradition of the fire service that we wish was not necessary”, said Barry Baker, Chief, Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, “but we will never forget our fallen brothers and sisters or their families.”


Firefighters Wearing Pink in October

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Firefighters Wearing Pink in October

For the second year in a row, West Manatee firefighters and administrative staff will be wearing pink shirts during the month of October.  “Our personnel received overwhelming support from the community last year and the District felt it was important to wear our shirts again this year”, said Deputy Chief Brett Pollock.

A new report by the American Cancer Society indicates a 34% drop in breast cancer deaths in the United States since 1990.  The report also indicates “the rate at which new breast cancers are diagnosed increased slightly among African American women from 2006 to 2010, bringing those rates closer to those of white women, who still have the highest diagnosis rates among women ages 40 and older”.

“If by simply wearing a pink shirt can bring additional awareness or cause someone to get a check-up or screening, then I believe this campaign will have been successful”, Pollock said. 


Prevent Kitchen Fires

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West Manatee Fire Rescue Reminds Residents to 'Prevent Kitchen Fires’

It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 West Manatee Fire Rescue is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires--most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

 According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

 "Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Jim Davis, Deputy Fire Marshal. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson."


Fire at Rod & Reel Pier

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West Manatee Fire Rescue responded to the Rod & Reel Pier on September 30th 2013 at 8:42 for a reported structure fire. The building was evacuated and crews begin locating and extinguishing the fire. West Manatee responded 2 engines and a ladder truck with 15 personnel and received automatic aid from Manatee County EMS, Cedar Hammock and Longboat Key fire departments with a medic unit and additional 2 engines and 7 personnel.


Manatee Glens Walk for Life

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West Manatee Firefighters walked in full bunker gear during the Manatee Glens Walk for Life 5K, which supported depression awareness and suicide prevention. The walk was held Saturday September 28th.  Beginning at Sutton Park in Palmetto, the participants walked over the Green Bridge into Bradenton, then turned around and walked back to Sutton Park.

In bunker gear from left to right is West Manatee Fire Rescue's Rob Haygood, Caleb Losek, Rodney Kwiatkowski, Zack Benshoff, Ryan Moore, Jay Johnson, Casey Cothran, Rich Losek and Ken Cluley from North River Fire Department.

Chris Kiernan and son Collin Kiernan participated as well.


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