Suncoast Professional Firefighters & Paramedics
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Angela Kovalchick with her medical needs. Angela's Husband Shaun worked as a Firefighter for Sarasota County. Please consider helping by making a donation.Latest NewsCongratulations to Southern Manatee Fire’s UAS team for bringing home the “Best Drone Response to a Fire Operations” award during the International Emergency Drone Organization (IEDO) conference, held in Paris, France on December 12th . Team member FF Rich Gatanis was invited to speak at the event on the department's use of drone technology in their Hazardous Materials Response.The award came as a result of SMFD’s use of a UAS on April 9, 2022 assisting multiple agencies in response to a massive fire at the Port of Manatee Scrap Yard. The team flew dozens of missions assisting ladder truck operations by guiding master streams to the difficult to reach fires.
Charlotte County Fire Debuts its ARFF Training Aircraft to the Public
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Venice Firefighters, along with Sarasota County and Nokomis fire departments were recognized during the City of Venice Commission meeting for extinguishing an early morning fire in Country Club Estates on Sept. 29 after Hurricane Ian hit the area. Firefighters battled high winds and other hazards to put out the blaze; which destroyed 6 mobile homes in the park.
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Occupational cancer is now the leading cause of death for fire fighters and EMS personnel. The IAFF and American Cancer Society have compiled online resources for you to learn more.(Click on image for more info)
What We Do
Our Executive Board, Trustees, Staff and Legal Counsel work tirelessly to ensure that our members have the best representation in order to ensure a fair and equitable workplace.
Who We Are
Suncoast Professional Firefighters & Paramedics was chartered on November 29, 1976 as the Sarasota Professional Firefighters.
Who We Represent
Suncoast Professional Firefighters & Paramedics represents over 1,400 professional firefighters and EMS personnel in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties across 12 jurisdictions.