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New Fire Engine Hits the Road

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New Fire Engine Hits the Road

West Manatee Fire & Rescue District has placed their new fire engine in service.  The 2014 Pierce Impel can transport 5 firefighters, carries 750 gallons of water, and can pump 1,500 gallons per minute. The new engine comes with a state-of-the-art compressed air foam system (CAFS) which injects compressed air and foam into the fire hoses, allowing the use of less water and reduces water damage.

 The engine was purchased from the local Pierce distributor, Ten-8 Fire Equipment Company, at a cost of $497,000.  The engine will be located at Station 4, 407 67thStreet West.   


Station 4 Rescues Ducklings

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When Susan Miller of Mango Park arrived at the West Manatee Fire Rescue Administration building early Wednesday morning to ask for assistance with the rescue of ducklings trapped in a storm drain, firefighters jumped into action.  The firefighters from Station 4 arrived in the 2000 block of 91st Street NW to a mother duck walking frantically around a storm drain.  Firefighters could hear the ducklings chirping in the drain.  Manhole covers on both sides of the road were removed and Lt. Jeff Lonzo located the two ducklings in a pipe between the road and a retention pond.

It was determined that the discharge pipe at the pond was severely clogged for the ducklings to escape on their own. Firefighters began removing debris from the discharge pipe, hoping to make a large enough opening for the ducklings to escape.

With all the work at the discharge pipe, the ducklings moved back to the area of the storm drain.  Firefighters flowed water on one side of the street with a garden hose, while Captain Ryan Moore used a crab net to try and catch the ducklings.  The first duckling was able to avoid the crab net and was quickly moved passed a temporary barriers placed in front of the pipes.  Meanwhile, Lt. Lonzo was able to catch one of the ducklings by hand in the manhole.  That duckling was released to the mother duck who was at the retention pond.  A few minutes later, the second duckling popped out of the discharge pipe and swam to its mother.

Miller was appreciative of the quick response and described the crew as “kind, gentle and compassionate with the little ducks”.

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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.


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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