ANNUAL BOOT DRIVE FOR THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION
Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue held their annual “Fill The Boot” drive to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the month of September. Captain Steve LaPlante, organizer of this drive, was happy to report that CHFR raised over $7600.00! Thank you to those firefighters who volunteered and to those who gave so generously to make this drive a success!
FLAG CEREMONY HONORING BATTALION CHIEF MARK BANDSTRA
(pictured above teachiing the car seat safety training certification is cedar hammock fire rescue inspector adam chrisman )
BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA)—This week marks Child Passenger Safety Week and across Tampa Bay, the Safe Kids Florida Suncoast Coalition is hosting car seat safety training certification courses across the area.
On Thursday morning, Safe Kids Florida Suncoast, supported by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue, hosted a national certification training course for local agencies.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, road injuries are the number one cause of preventable injuries to children in the greater Tampa Bay area, and in the United States. Correctly used car seats can prevent car crash-related injuries in children up to 71 percent.
Car seats are a safety necessity for the father of two John Lugl, especially when he is out driving on busy Florida roads.
“I not only watch the way I drive, but I got to watch the way everyone else drives because you never know,” Lugl said.
Petra Vybiralova of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital shared some of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to car seats.
“Parents are often concerned with their child being too tight and they keep the harnesses too loose. They can perform an easy pinch test and if they can pinch fabric, that means the harness is too loose,” Vybiralova said.
Vybiralova also sees parents getting rid of car seats before their child is ready.
“Parents try to graduate children too early into a booster seat. The minimum weight and age is four and 40,” Vybiralova said.
Just like anything plastic, car seats don’t last forever, so be sure to check the car seat’s expiration date. If you do purchase a new car or booster seat, fill out the product registration card so you will be notified about recalls right away.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has an online tool for you to find a car seat inspection station in your area.
Safe Kids Worldwide Ultimate Car Seat Guide: https://www.safekids.org/ultimate-car-seat-guide/
PROMOTIONS AND NEW FIREFIGHTERS
Chief Jeff Hoyle announced the following promotions at the september board of commissioners meeting:
- Battalion Chief Billy Whitfield
- Battalion Chief Joe Falcone
- Battalion Chief Doug Brett
- Captain Matt Rose
- Captain Ryan French
- Training Officer Billy Smith
- Lieutenant Brad Jones
- Lieutenant Justin Rudrud
chief hoyle also welcomed administrative officer kyle bradshaw, firefighter josh clemen, firefighter robert edwards, and firefighter devin dirmeyer to cedar hammock fire rescue
L-R: Chief Jeff Hoyle, Administrative Officer Kyle Bradshaw, Battalion Chief Billy Whitfield, Battalion Chief Joe Falcone, Battalion Chief Doug Brett, Capt. Matt Rose, Capt. Ryan French, Training Officer Billy Smith, Lt. Brad Jones, Lt. Justin Rudrud, Firefighter Josh Clemen, Firefighter Robert Edwards and Firefighter Devin Dirmeyer
JULY PROMOTIONS AT CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE
CONGRATULATIONS TO FIREFIGHTER ARON KALOOSTIAN WHO WAS PROMOTED TO FIRST CLASS FIREFIGHTER!
CONGRATULATIONS TO FIREFIGHTER WADE HUSON WHO WAS PROMOTED TO THIRD CLASS FIREFIGHTER!
MEET A FIREFIGHTER AT MANATEE COUNTY SOUTH LIBRARY
The Manatee County South Library invited Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue to their “Meet a Fireman Day” on July 6, 2016. Pictured above (L-R) is Captain Doug Brett, Firefighter A. J. Dudley, Firefighter Brad Jones, Firefighter Zack Kertz, and Inspector Marc Massella who met the children, taught them about fire safety and let them see and touch a Fire Truck.
CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE HONORED AT THE MAY 12, 2016 BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
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.
CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE PARTICIPATES IN THE 2016 DESOTO GRAND PARADE
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.
MANATEE COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
Cedar Hammock Firefighter Michael W. Dunn Awarded Veterans of Foreign Wars National Firefighter Award
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.”
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
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.