2016 Archives

ANNUAL BOOT DRIVE FOR THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION

L-R: Firefighter Clint Brekhus, Firefighter Wade Hudson, Capt. Steve Laplante, Lt. Matt Jones, Firefighter Nate Debitetto, Firefighter Justin Jackson and Firefighter John Eibe

L-R: Firefighter Clint Brekhus, Firefighter Wade Hudson, Capt. Steve Laplante, Lt. Matt Jones, Firefighter Nate Debitetto, Firefighter Justin Jackson and Firefighter John Eibe

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!

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 FLAG CEREMONY HONORING BATTALION CHIEF MARK BANDSTRA

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A Retirement Flag Ceremony was held on October 3, 2016 to honor Battalion Chief Mark Bandstra for his 30 years of service at Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue.  Many thanks to Battalion Chief Bandstra for his dedicated service and committment to the Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue community!

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DIVISION CHIEF ALEX LOBETO AND BATTALION CHIEF GENE BROWN RETIRE

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 Alex Lobeto and Gene Brown were in fire school together and also began their fire careers together at Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue. So when they both decided to  retire, it was only fitting that they would stand side by side and be honored at their retirement flag ceremony.   On August 30, 2016, Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue was proud to recognize these two outstanding firefighters for their 30 years of dedicated service.   Thank you Division Chief Lobeto and Battalion Chief Brown for all you have done for Manatee County!

MANATEE COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

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Experts school Tampa Bay area agencies on proper car seat safety installation

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(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/

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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

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

 

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JULY PROMOTIONS AT CEDAR HAMMOCK FIRE RESCUE

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CONGRATULATIONS TO FIREFIGHTER ARON KALOOSTIAN WHO WAS PROMOTED TO FIRST CLASS FIREFIGHTER!

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO FIREFIGHTER WADE HUSON WHO WAS PROMOTED TO THIRD CLASS FIREFIGHTER!

 

 

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MEET A FIREFIGHTER AT MANATEE COUNTY SOUTH LIBRARY

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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.

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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.
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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

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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.”

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“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

                                                                                             

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 Three public, one special needs shelter opens for
Hurricane Matthew

Emergency Management officials urge mobile, manufactured home residents to find shelter

MANATEE COUNTY, FLA (Oct. 6, 2016) Manatee officials announced three public shelters and one special needs shelter will be open today at 4 p.m., meaning Manatee County schools will be closed tomorrow. Manatee Clerk of Court’s Office and Manatee courts are closed tomorrow, but there are no plans to close County Government office.  

Potential impacts from Hurricane Matthew prompted Manatee Emergency Management officials to urge manufactured and mobile home residents who are most vulnerable to find shelter from the storm.  
 
Manatee County is now under a tropical storm watch and strong winds of 45 mph or more could impact areas of East Manatee. County Commissioners this morning declared a local state of emergency and the Emergency Operations Center was activated at 8 a.m. in advance of Hurricane Matthew.  

Sherilyn Burris, Manatee’s acting Emergency Management chief said Manatee County may receive tropical force winds tonight and into tomorrow.  

“It’s never safe to stay in a mobile home or manufactured home in high winds, so we’re asking people to evacuate to safer places,” Burris said. “If you don’t have a safe place to go, we’ll have shelters open for you. We’re expecting the arrival of strong winds at midnight tonight and into the wee hours of Friday.” 

Mike Barber, Director of Communications for the School District, said all Manatee County schools will be Friday, Oct. 7. Extracurricular activities and athletic events are cancelled tonight and tomorrow night out of an abundance of caution.  

Three public shelters will open today at 4 p.m., including:  

            Manatee High School, 902 33rd St. Ct. W., Bradenton (pet friendly)  

Virgil Mills Elementary School, 7200 69th St. E., Palmetto (pet friendly)  

Myakka Elementary 37205 Manatee Ave., Myakka City 

Manatee’s special needs shelter is also open for the medically needy and those who have registered with the County’s Special Needs registry. Burris said there is currently no threat for storm surge along our coast, so no flooding is expected on Manatee’s barrier islands.  

Manatee County Area Transit Handy Bus riders should expect early pickups today, since the service will be mobilized to help special needs patients who need help evacuating. Tomorrow, the Handy Bus will offer essential medical service trips only. Non essential trips will be postponed in priority of medical trips. Fixed route MCAT continues as normal today and tomorrow unless tropical storm force winds enter the area.  

Manatee residents with questions about the storm or about local conditions should call Manatee Citizens Information Center at (941) 748-4501. 

For the latest updates on the storm from Manatee County, follow on Twitter @MCGPublicSafety and @ManateeGov or follow on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl andwww.facebook.com/manateecountyemergencymanagement 

 

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CHANGE YOUR SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES WHILE YOU “SPRING FORWARD” THIS WEEKEND

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 13th at 2 a.m. when we spring forward one hour for the purposes of making better use of daylight.   Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms.   When smoke alarms should have worked but failed to operate, it is usally because batteries were missing, disconnected, or dead.

NFPA provides the following guidelines around smoke alarms:

  •      Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button
  •       Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and       knows how to respond.
  •       Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  •       Replace the smoke alarm immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested.
  •       Smoke alarms with non replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain         effective for up to 10 years.  If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low,       replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
  •       For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once         a year.  If the alarm chirps, replace only the battery.

If you have any questions, please stop by our firehouse and speak to a firefighter!