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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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Fire claims Bradenton family's shed of dreams

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West Manatee Fire & Rescue, along with the City of Bradenton, doused a wooden shed containing sporting equipment, including a boat and baseball equipment.

In all, 14 firefighters on three engines contained the blaze to the shed.  Radiant heat burnt or melted fences and siding.  No firefighters were injured.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

West Manatee Announces 2013 Annual Awards

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West Manatee Announces 2013 Annual Awards

The West Manatee Fire & Rescue District recognized their personnel at their Annual Appreciation Dinner.  Firefighter Adam Baggett was named the Rookie of the Year.

Battalion Chief Rich Losek and Fire Prevention/Training Secretary Sherry Vetter received the 25 year Career Service Award.  Firefighter Nate Bergbom received the 15- year Length of Service Award, followed by Firefighters Mike Bugel and Brian Gaskill with 10 years and Firefighter Rodney Kwiatkowski with 5 years.

Pension Board members Stewart Moon and Roger Liesch were recognized for serving 15 and 10 years respectively on the Board.

The District’s Medical Advisor Dr. Joseph Soler was recognized for 18 years of service.

 

Fire Officer Promotions

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West Manatee Fire & Rescue District has promoted Captain Chris Kiernan to Battalion Chief; Lieutenant Ryan Moore to Captain and Firefighter John Stump to Lieutenant. The badge pinning ceremony and the swearing-in of the new officers took place at the November Fire Commission meeting.

Battalion Chief Kiernan has been with the District since 1991 and holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Technology.  He is a certified Firefighter, EMT, Fire Officer II, Fire Instructor II, and Fire Safety Inspector I.  Battalion Chief Kiernan has been assigned to B-Shift and serves as the Facility Maintenance Officer

 Captain Moore has been with the District since 1999 and holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Technology.  He is a certified Firefighter, EMT, Fire Officer II, Fire Instructor I and Fire Safety Inspector I. Captain Moore has been assigned to C-Shift and is responsible for the Marine Unit.

 Lieutenant Stump has been with the District 18 years and served five years as a Firefighter/Paramedic with Hardee County Fire Rescue.  Lt. Stump holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Service Technology.  He is a certified Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Officer I, and Fire Safety Inspector.  Lt. Stump is assigned to B-Shift and is responsible for the District’s medical equipment and supplies.

 

Philips Earns Fire Officer Designation

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Firefighter Jeff Philips of West Manatee Fire & Rescue has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Fire Officer” (FO).  The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met on October 1, 2013, to officially confer the designation upon Firefighter Philips. Firefighter Philips is one of only 168 FO’s worldwide and the second at West Manatee to earn the designation. 

The CPC awards the FO designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s stringent criteria.  The process includes an assessment of the applicant’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contribution to the profession and community involvement.  In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.

The FO designation uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential.

Firefighter Philips has been a member for the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District since 2004 and is a member of the Manatee County Honor Guard and the Manatee County Hazardous Materials Team.

 


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