FIREFIGHTERS RECOGNIZED AT
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
CONGRATULATIONS TO FIREFIGHTER ROB EDWARDS, FIREFIGHTER DEVIN DIRMEYER AND FIREFIGHTER JOSH CLEMEN ON THEIR PROMOTIONS TO THIRD CLASS FIREFIGHTER!
CONGRATULATIONS TO SCOTT VIEHMAN
ON HIS PROMOTION TO SECOND CLASS FIREFIGHTER
6-YEAR OLD BAILEE IS THE FIRST TO DONATE UNUSED HURRICANE SUPPLIES FOR THOSE IN NEED.
Hurricane Irma has come and gone. Overall as a community we have been blessed to have been spared the wrath of this hurricane with the exception of a few in our community that were hit hard. But as we all know that is not the case a short distance south of us in southwest Florida. Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue and COTC Church-have teamed up to send immediate relief. We are asking if you have any extra non-perishable items such as bottled water, first aid kits, baby supplies, disposable diapers, wipes, formula, dog and cat food, hand sanitizer, new/packaged underwear, granola bars,
crackers, batteries, flashlights, portable generators, etc. that you would like to donate. Two drop off areas:
Cedar Hammock Station 1 located at 5200 26th Street West – office hours are Monday-Thursday from 7 am to 5 pm –
or Church Of The Cross Church Lobby at 5051 26th Street West.
CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE AWARDED GRANT TO HELP PURCHASE LIFE SAVING STABILIZATION EQUIPMENT
Cedar Hammock Fire Control District was recently awarded a grant from Preferred Government Insurance Trust through the Training Incentive Program. The grant money was used to help purchase stabilization equipment that is utilized when responding to vehicle accidents with overturned or unstable vehicles. The equipment was placed in service on two of our engines that cover one of the main thoroughfares through Manatee County.
We appreciate the partnership we have with Preferred Government Insurance Trust.
BAYSHORE ELEMENTARY BACK 2 SCHOOL DRIVE
Equipping students for learning and education is a key factor in creating tomorrow’s leaders and workforce, so cedar hammock fire rescue was happy to support church of the cross with their annual backpack and school supplies event at bayshore elementary on august 8th & 9th. the firefighters and administration staff were also generous in giving donations to help with the purchase of some of these supplies. thank you to pastor stan pavkovich and church of the cross for all you do to help this community!
BACK TO SCHOOL
August 10, 2017
Firefighters welcomed students back to school at Prine elementary, bayshore elementary and lee middle school , while banners on the fire trucks warned drivers to slow down in school zones and be on the the lookout for students on their way to school.
CONGRATULATIONS TO 2ND CLASS FIREFIGHTER WADE HUDSON
AND NEW FIREFIGHTER PETER SETEFANO
Firefighter Wade Hudson was recognized and promoted to Second Class Firefighter at the Board of Commissioners meeting On July 20, 2017. way to go firefighter hudson!
Welcome to our newest Firefighter – Peter Setefano. Firefighter Setefano was sworn in at the Commissioners Meeting on July 20, 2017.
FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING
JULY 11, 2017
Inspector Adam Chrisman and inspector marc massella conducted a fire extinguisher training event at P.A.C.E. Center for Girls. Inspector Chrisman & Inspector Massella worked with 60 Teachers and their students using a propane fueled fire trainer. this program allows for hands on training using a fire extinguisher in a controlled environment. should they need to use one in a real life experience, they will have a better understanding of how the extinguisher works and how it feels to put out a small fire.
Fireworks Safety Tips
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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our founder Mr. Don Bouwer. Don passed away late Tuesday afternoon at his home in Bradenton. Don was 86 years old at the time of his passing.
In the 1970’s, Don started a company called Don Bouwer Fire & Safety Equipment. Don had many stories that he loved to share. Many have heard the beloved story of his first sale, a helmet strap that later turned into a sale of his first fire truck. He saw this as a testimony that if you take care of the little things for a customer they will trust you with the big things. Don’s commitment to serving customers with honesty and integrity was the catalyst that continued to grow the company. In 1985, Ten-8 Fire Equipment, Inc. was founded. Today, Ten-8 has grown to be a major United States distributor of fire and emergency apparatus and equipment. Don always felt that the employees were the company’s greatest asset. He was also quick to remind everyone that God owns Ten-8 and we have the privilege to run it.
Don was a member of the Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue from 1956 – 1981. Don served faithfully in many roles from Firefighter to Assistant Fire Chief. Many of us knew Don as an influential leader, mentor and friend. The impact he made in the Florida fire service was immense, verified when he received the lifetime achievement award from the Florida Fire Chief’s Association as one of only three individuals to receive the prestigious award. Don developed and maintained countless friendships with customers and vendors that he cherished greatly.
Don leaves a legacy of influence that has touched so many people throughout the years. He was a man of strong faith, and shared openly his relationship with Jesus Christ. While we will miss Don, we are so thankful that he is now in heaven with his Lord and Savior.
Please join me in praying for the Bouwer family as they deal with the loss of a great man. We will be in communication with the family and share information about formal arrangements as soon as they are available.
B. Keith Chapman, President/CEO, Ten-8
“The Florida Fire Service has lost one of its finest. It is with great honor and pride that I can share what Mr. Don Bouwer meant to me and to the fire service. Don was a mentor, who shared in his belief, his faith, his leadership, honesty and integrity. I had said it before and truly believe that the Florida Fire Chiefs Association would not be what it is today without his leadership and his huge and caring heart for the Fire Service. Don Bouwer was one of the finest individuals a person could have ever known and as a Fire Chief and a Friend I have been blessed in so many ways to have had the honor and privilege to work and fellowship with Don. He will be greatly missed.”
Past President Florida Fire Chiefs Association Retired Fire Chief St. Lucie County
(pictured with Don receiving FFCA Lifetime Achievement Award)
SAFE DRIVING TIPS FROM OUR FIREFIGHTERS
CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE AT OPERATION PROM
operation prom at bayshore high school was held on april 6, 2017. a drunk driving crash re-enactment was played out in front of several hundred students at the bayshore high football stadium. cedar hammock fire rescue participated along with manatee county ems, aeromed, and the manatee county sheriff’s office.
CONGRATULATIONS TO FIREFIGHTER ZACH KERTZ ON HIS PROMOTION TO
THIRD CLASS FIREFIGHTER
PROMOTIONS AT CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE
Firefighter Kody Sallis was promoted to third class firefighter
FIREFIGHTER CLINT BREKHUS WAS PROMOTED TO THIRD CLASS FIREFIGHTER
RECOGNITIONS AT THE JANUARY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
The Cedar Hammock Board of Fire Commissioners is proud to recognize the following Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue members for their service milestones:
lt. Troy Bercot••• firefighter jason moore••• lt. mike soper
fire Marshal Eric Center•••Lt. Nick Herlihy•••Capt. Matt Rose
Firefighter Charlie Childress•••Firefighter A. J. dudley
Adminstration Support Manager Denise McCaughan
Firefighter Clint Brekhus••Firefighter Nate Debitetto••Firefighter Josh Moss
Firefighter Kody Sallis••Firefighter Scott Viehman
the Board of Commissioners also recognized outgoing Commissioner Steve Litschauer for his 14 years (2002-2016) of dedicated service. thank you, steve litschauer, for your oustanding support of the cedar hammock fire rescue community!
BOOTS VS. BADGES HOLIDAY HEROES EVENT
SunCoast Blood Bank sponsored their annual Boots vs. Badges Holiday Heroes Blood drive. The Firefighters won the trophy again for the third year in a row! SunCoast Blood Bank stopped by Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue to drop off the Firefighters trophy to Inspector Marc Massella who was instrumental in getting the firefighters involved.
L-R: John Hall from SunCoast Blood bank, Craig Seagrest from Suncoast Behavioral Health Center, Inspector Marc Massella, and Cindy Winning of SunCoast Blood Bank. Not pictured are Brandy Hamilton, CEO of Suncoast Behavioral Health Center and Scott Bush, CEO of Suncoast Blood Bank.