CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE STARTS OFF 2019 WITH SEVERAL PROMOTIONS AND THE ADDITION OF 3 NEW FIREFIGHTERS
At the February 21, 2019, Board of Commissioners Meeting Chief Jeff Hoyle announced the promotions of Joseph Falcone to Deputy Chief, Ryan French to Battalion Chief, Justin Rudrud to Captain, and A. J. Dudley to Lieutenant. Each one was honored with a pinning ceremony that was attended by several family members and friends.
VFW Post #10141 Commander Bob Mulhouser was present at the meeting to present Firefighter Randall Fowler with the Firefighter of the Year Award and a monetary award.
Chief Hoyle was also proud to recognize the following firefighters at the January and February Board of Commissioners Meetings for their hard work and dedication on their promotions:
Firefighter Wade Hudson First Class Firefighter
Clint Brekhus First Class Firefighter
Firefighter Rob Edwards Second Class Firefighter
Firefighter Eric Adams Third Class Firefighter
Zachary Hill Third Class Firefighter
Greg Howell Third Class Firefighter
Devin Melcher Third Class Firefighter
Sean Morrissey Third Class Firefighter
Vince Scaffedi Third Class Firefighter
Drew Dirmeyer Third Class Firefighter
Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue welcomed three new firefighters at the February Commission meeting where they were given the Oath of Office and family and friends were able to join in on their pinning ceremony. New firefighters are Kaleb Hazen, Marco Nepomuceno and John Stephenson.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 EMPLOYEE AWARD RECIPIENTS
FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR – FIREFIGHTER RANDALL FOWLER
FIRE OFFICER OF THE YEAR – LT. BEN ANDERSON
STAFF EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – BATTALION CHIEF DOUG BRETT
RECIPIENT OF THE 2018 CHAMPION OF PREVENTION AWARD
Firefighter Mike Dunn was a recipient of the 2018 Champion of Prevention Award by Drug Free Manatee during the 16th annual red ribbon breakfast on october 10, 2018. firefighter Dunn was recognized for his extraordinary impact in preventing and reducing substance abuse in our community. red ribbon is the oldest prevention campaign in the country. It serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to make drug prevention a priority. drug free manatee celebrates national red ribbon campaign by hosting an annual breakfast honoring champions of prevention. firefighter mike dunn was honored for his creation of the your life matters Project which he started in 2015 by creating cards with treatment centers across the county. these cards are then given to people when they wake from an overdose. his project has expanded into a website with inspirational video’s and community speaking
FIREFIGHTERS RECOGNIZED AT SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
Three Firefighters were recognized at the recent commissioners meeting. firefighter josh clemen and firefighter devin dirmeyer were promoted to second class firefighter and firefighter cody gregory was promoted to third class firefighter. congratulations on a job well done!
FIREFIGHTER PETER SETEFANO WAS RECOGNIZED AT THE JULY 2018 BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING FOR HIS PROMOTION TO THIRD CLASS FIREFIGHTER. CONGRATULATIONS FIREFIGHTER SETEFANO!
CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE AND MANATEE COUNTY FIRST RESPONDERS HELP MAKE BOY’S BIRTHDAY SPECIAL
Jamie Sprout continues to defeat the odds. He has a mitochondrial disorder and was supposed to be on a ventilator by age 10. he celebrated his 12th birthday with the help of the firefighters on engine 222 which included firefighter a.j. dudley, firefighter jon kropp, firefighter peter setefano, firefighter nick lynch and inspector marc massella. jamie loves first responders and his birthday theme this year was first responders. in attendance with cedar hammock fire rescue, were 15 manatee county sheriff deputies and the florida highway patrol.
Fox 13 was also present at Jamie’s birthday party and you can watch their video by clicking on this link: http://www.fox13news.com/news/good-stuff/first-responders-help-make-boy-s-birthday-special
Congratulations go out to Firefighter Zach Kertz on his promotion to Second Class Firefighter. Firefighter Kertz was recognized at the Board of Commissioners meeting in May for this outstanding achievement, his hard work, and dedication.
The Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust Reimbursement is provided to our district to assist with the purchase of safety related items. The funds received from this program were used to assist in the purchase of seven sets of bunker gear. This program helps to ensure that our crews are provided essential personal protective equipment. It is a pleasure to work with the Preferred Government Insurance Trust.
AWARDS, RECOGNITION, AND HONORING COMMISSIONER TOM FLYNN
Board of Commissioners Meeting April 19, 2018
Firefighter Aron Kaloostian was honored by the Sons of Revolution at the Board of Commissioners Meeting on April 19, 2018. Tim Milligan a member of the Sons of Revolution presented Firefighter Kaloostian with their Fire Safety Commendation Medal.
Firefighter Kaloostian also received an award from the VFW Post #10141. The VFW honored Firefigher Kaloostian for firefighter of the year and presented him with a certificate and gift.
Deputy Chief Mike DeChelbor, Captain ryan French, Lt. Matt Jones, Firefighter Randall Fowler, Firefighter Nick Lynch, Firefighter James Taylor, and Firefighter Bobby Wadsworth were each presented with a NOW Award (Notable Outstanding Work). They were nominated by Firefighter Mike dunn for the outstanding job and committment these individuals had on the engine spec committee for the design of our new fire engine.
Lt. Matt Jones, Firefighter Randall Fowler, and Firefighter Aron Kaloostian were presented Hurricane Campaign Awards from the Manatee County Fire chiefs Assocation.
Chief Jeff Hoyle Presented to commissioner tom flynn’s family, a placque bearing his badge and name plate. Commissioner Flynn passed away on Feb. 18, 2018. Mrs. Gayle flynn and her son Shawn Flynn spoke of the dedication and love Commissioner flynn had for cedar hammock Fire Rescue.
Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue participates in Operation Prom at
Bayshore High School
April 3, 2018
On a night of celebration and promise, it’s the worst thing that can happen….students drink alcohol at the prom, and get in their cars and possibly cause an accident. Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue, Manatee County EMS, manatee county sheriff’s department and students from lake erie college of osteopathic medicine worked together to demonstrate the dangers of drinking and driving, in front of large group of students at bayshore high school. The re-enactment showed the aftermath of a drunken driving accident to promote awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving .
First Responder’s Night
The Bradenton Marauders hosted a first responder’s night at their April 20, 2018 game against the Fort Myers Miracle. The event featured First Responder Vehicles, a themed Jersey Auction and the Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue Safety Bounce House.
Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire
A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home.
Kidde toll-free at 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.
PROMOTIONS, NEW FIREFIGHTERS AND A RETIREMENT
february was a busy month at cedar hammock fire department with several promotions, the hiring of 9 new firefighters, and the retirement of a captain after 30 years of service.
BRIAN BARTMAN WAS PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN
Chad Eibner was promoted to lieutenant
AUSTIN ROEHL WAS PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT
Firefighter kody sallis and josh moss were recognized for their promotion
to 2nd Class firefighter
Welcome to our new firefighters: drew dirmeyer, grady griffin, zach hill, taylor clegg, greg howell, devin melcher, sean morrissey, vincent scaffedi, and keith adams.
And a big congratulations goes out to captain steve laplante for 30 years of dedicated service to the cedar hammock fire rescue community and on his retirement!
THANK YOU CAPTAIN STEVE LAPLANTE FOR YOUR 30 YEARS OF DEDICATION AND SERVICE TO THE CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE COMMUNITY
Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue says goodbye to captain steve laplante on february 15, 2018, after 30 dedicated years of service. we wish captain laplante all the best during his much deserved retirement!