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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.


Fire claims Bradenton family's shed of dreams

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Read more...Shed goes up in flames

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.


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