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Hiring Announcement June 2016Website                                                                                                                                                                                             CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE HONORED AT THE MAY 12, 2016 BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING

Left to Right: Division Chief Alex Lobeto, Barbara Scott, Elizabeth Scott, and Firefighter James Taylor

Left to Right: Division Chief Alex Lobeto, Barbara Scott, Elizabeth Scott, and Firefighter James Taylor

Elizabeth Scott, Author of “Yankee 794 Trauma” presented Division Chief Alex Lobeto with an autographed copy of her new book at the May Commissioners Meeting. Elizabeth’s daughter, Barbara Scott was involved in a motor vehicle accident that caused severe traumatic brain injuries. The book is an account of the accident, treatment, healing and Barbara’s heroic survival. Elizabeth Scott thanked Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue and the personnel who were on scene who saved her daughter’s life:  Division Chief Lobeto, Lieutenant Mike Soper, Lieutenant Ryan French, Firefighter Justin Jackson, and Firefighter James Taylor.

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CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE PARTICIPATES IN THE 2016 DESOTO GRAND PARADE

Pictured on the right side of the photo: Firefighter Eddie Anderson, Firefighter Garret Lindgren and Firefighter John Eibe. Pictured on the bottom row: Firefighter Scott Viehman, Firefighter Josh Moss, and Firefighter Wade Hudson

Pictured on the right side of the photo: Firefighter Eddie Anderson, Firefighter Garret Lindgren and Firefighter John Eibe.
Pictured on the bottom row:
Firefighter Scott Viehman, Firefighter Josh Moss, and Firefighter Wade Hudson

PROMOTIONS AND SWEARING IN CEREMONY

At the April 14, 2016 board of Commissioners Meeting, Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue proudly announced the promotion of  Captain Billy Whitfield to Battalion Chief,  Lieutenant Doug Brett to Captain, and Firefighter Ben Anderson to lieutenant.  Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue is also proud to welcome new firefighter zach kertz.

Left: Battalion Chief Billy Whitfield and Kapi Whitfield Right: Chief Jeff Hoyle congratulating Battalion Chief Billy Whitfield

Left: Battalion Chief Billy Whitfield and Kapi Whitfield
Right: Chief Jeff Hoyle congratulating Battalion Chief Billy Whitfield

 

 

 

 

Left: Capt. Doug Brett congratulated by Chief Jeff Hoyle Right: Capt. Doug Brett and Briann Brett

Left: Capt. Doug Brett congratulated by Chief Jeff Hoyle
Right: Capt. Doug Brett and Briann Brett

Left: Lt. Ben Anderson pinning ceremony by his family. Right: Lt. Ben Anderson with Chief Jeff Hoyle

Left: Lt. Ben Anderson pinning ceremony by his family.
Right: Lt. Ben Anderson with Chief Jeff Hoyle

Left: Firefighter Zach Kertz pinning ceremony with his father. Right: Division Chief Alex Lobeto swearing in Firefighter Zach Kertz

Left: Firefighter Zach Kertz pinning ceremony with his father.
Right: Division Chief Alex Lobeto swearing in Firefighter Zach Kertz

fire truck 3CONGRATULATIONS TO BATTALION CHIEF SAM COLLIER ON HIS RETIREMENT AFTER
SERVING THE CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE COMMUNITY FOR 34 YEARS!

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MANATEE COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

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Cedar Hammock Firefighter Michael W. Dunn Awarded Veterans of Foreign Wars National Firefighter Award
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L-R: Committee Chairman Pat Love, FF Mike Dunn, Commander Amber Putnam,                         Commander Tony Fouse, and Fire Chief Jeffrey S. Hoyle.

 

Firefighter Michael W. Dunn was presented with the VFW National Firefighter Award on March 10, 2016 at the Cedar Hammock Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting.

On hand to present the award were Florida State VFW Commander Amber Putman, Chairman of the Award Committee, Pat Love, and VFW Post 10141 Commander Tony Fouse.

The award states; “In recognition and utmost appreciation of his dedication and selfless service to Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue. During Michael Dunn’s outstanding career, he has displayed an exceptional record of exemplary and courageous service to the community and the nation. His extraordinary commitment is keeping with the esteemed core values and traditions of the Firefighter Profession, further manifested by the high degree of admiration and respect of both his peers and the local public he serves. Firefighter 1st Class Michael W. Dunn is truly a role model to all Firefighters and this honor reflects the proudest ideals of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.”

Firefighter Dunn introduced and developed the “Your Life Matters” program in Manatee County in response to the heroin overdose epidemic. Taken from an article written by Mike, the program is described as such;

 “What I have discovered these last few months is this; these overdose patients are real people with real hearts and they are hurting. The worst part is if they want to get help, it is hard to find where to start. Therefore, I decided to discuss this issue with my department administration. Through a series of discussions, we teamed up with a local drug prevention coalition and decided to do something about this particular void. What we came up with are simple cards that we can hand out to drug overdose patients, family members, and friends. The front of the card says “YOUR LIFE MATTERS” and on the back are direct phone numbers and websites to get help or support. The first thing these patients see on the card is “Your Life Matters” because it does! We care about every person in our community and they matter to us! What started as a simple answer to a question has turned into a countywide movement to show our community that we care! Now every fire truck, ambulance, and police car in our county will be handing these cards out.”

 Your Life Matters Card Front

“Your Life Matters” CardYour Life Matters Card Back

firelineCongratulations to Firefighter Sam Bishop for serving Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue since 2008. Sam is leaving CHFR to fulfill his personal and professional goals. “Good luck Sam!”

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2016 CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE OPEN HOUSE

On Saturday March 5th, Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue held its annual open house at Station 3.  It was a chance for the community to come out, meet their local firefighters and see the equipment used on a daily basis.  There was a live fire demonstration, fire sprinkler presentation, Bayflight Trauma Helicopter, vehicle extrication, inflatable fire safety bounce house, junior firefighter combat challenge, bike rodeo, and many other community agencies who also participated.   A big thank you to Winn Dixie on 53rd Street West for preparing and serving the food for this event!

 

 



CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE WELCOMES 5 NEW FIREFIGHTERS

L-R; FF Clint Brekhus, FF Nathan Debitetto, FF Josh Moss, FF Scott Viehman, FF Kody Sallis and Chief Jeff Hoyle

L-R; FF Clint Brekhus, FF Nathan Debitetto, FF Josh Moss, FF Scott Viehman, FF Kody Sallis and Chief Jeff Hoyle

5 New Firefighters were sworn in at the February 11, 2016, Board of Commissioners Meeting.   Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue is proud to welcome Firefighter Clint Brekhus, Firefighter Nate Debitetto, Firefighter Josh Moss, Firefighter Scott Viehman, and Firefighter Kody Sallis.

Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue also honored Deputy Todd Wennberg and Deputy Diorio with a Heroic Act Award.  They performed CPR on a drowning victim prior to Fire and EMS arrival, thus rendering aid in an effort to save a life on November 28, 2015.

L-R: Deputy Todd Wennberg, Deputy Diorio, Lieutenant Doug Brett, and Chief Jeff Hoyle

L-R: Deputy Todd Wennberg, Deputy Diorio, Lieutenant Doug Brett, and Chief Jeff Hoyle

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Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue Announces 2015 Annual Awards and Special Recognition

Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue recognized several members of the District during the January 14, 2016 Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting.  Fire Chief Jeffrey S. Hoyle presented the annual service awards, longevity awards, 2 promotions, and a retirement award.

Employee of the Year Awards

 

Firefighter Mike Dunn / Firefighter of the Year

Office Administrator Tammy Hager / Exceptional Duty Award

Captain Nick Herlihy / Staff Employee of the Year

Captain Steve LaPlante / Fire Officer of the Year

L-R: Firefighter Mike Dunn, Office Administrator Tammy Hager, Captain Nick Herlihy, Captain Steve Laplante and Chief Jeff Hoyle

L-R: Firefighter Mike Dunn, Office Administrator Tammy Hager, Captain Nick Herlihy, Captain Steve Laplante and Chief Jeff Hoyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Longevity Awards

 

20 Year Service:            Lieutenant Matt Jones (not pictured), Firefighter Keith Ferguson

15 Year Service             Firefighter Robert Wadsworth, Firefighter Justin Rudrud                                                        (not pictured)

10 Year Service             Captain Joe Falcone, Firefighter Justin Jackson, Firefighter                                                  Austin Roehl (not pictured)

L-R: Captain Joe Falcone, Firefighter Justin Jackson, Firefighter Bobby Wadsworth, Firefighter Keith Ferguson and Chief Jeff Hoyle

L-R: Captain Joe Falcone, Firefighter Justin Jackson, Firefighter Bobby Wadsworth, Firefighter Keith Ferguson and Chief Jeff Hoyle

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Special Recognition

Firefighter Dunn was presented with the Firefighter of the Year award by Retired Firefighter Tony Fouse on behalf of the VFW Post 10141.

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Retirement Award

Chief Hoyle announced the retirement of Inspector Diane Chrzanowski. He presented her with a plaque honoring her 28 years of dedicated service. He also presented her with her helmet and the first-issued Retirement Badge.

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Promotions

Chief Hoyle announced the promotion of Adam Chrisman to Second Class Inspector, Firefighter John Eibe to Second Class Firefighter, and Tammy Hager to Office AdministratorJan2016promotions