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    Congratulations 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

    Suncoast Firefighters and Paramedics promote crash responder safety

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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.

    Check out the article in the Sarasota Herald 

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    SCFD Promotions (12-22)
    Duane Campbell promoted to LT
    City Of Venice New Hires (12-22)
    Welcome to the Venice Fire Family: Sarah Wengerd, Joel Neagles, Eric Huovinen Jr., Anthony Fontaine, and Matthew McKenzie
    City of Bradenton Fire Years of Service Awards (12-22)
    Jeff Schmucker recognized for 20 years of service
    City of Venice Fire Promotions (12-22)
    Chris Ripo promoted to LT
    City of Venice Fire Promotions (12-22)
    Matt Tomer promoted to Division Chief
    City of Venice Fire Promotions (12-22)
    Kyle Hartley promoted to Assistant Fire Chief
    Charlotte County Fire & EMS Awards (12-22)
    Larry Lippel awarded the Third Quarter Commissioners’ Award FY 2021-22.
    City of Bradenton Years of Service (11-22)
    Jared Gould recognized for 25 years of service
    Punta Gorda Promotions (11-22)
    Jarrett Lombard promoted to BC
    Punta Gorda Promotions (11-22)
    Danny Felico promoted to LT
    SCFD Promotions (10-22)
    Jakob Horning promoted to Journeyman FF
    SCFD Promotions (10-22)
    Mary Kathleen Rea promoted to Journeyman FF
    SCFD Promotions (10-22)
    Stephen Dickmann promoted to Journeyman FF
    SCFD Years of Service Awards (10-22)
    Mary Kathleen Rea recognized for 5 years of service
    SCFD Years of Service Awards (10-22)
    Tyler Dawn recognized for 5 years of service
    SCFD Years of Service Awards(10-22)
    Yadriel Lassalle recognized for 5 years of service
    SCFD Promotions (10-22)
    Corey Woods promoted to LT
    SCFD Promotions (10-22)
    Kyle Carrigan promoted to LT
    SCFD Promotions (10-22)
    Chris Meyer promoted to LT
    Longboat Key Fire Promotions (10-22)
    Ron Koper promoted to LT
    SCFD Years of Service Awards (9-22)
    Chery Douma recognized for 20 years of service
    SCFD Years of Service Awards (9-22)
    Steven Birney recognized for 20 years of service
    SCFD Years of Service Awards (9-22)
    Daniel McDowall recognized for 20 years of service
    North Port Fire Promotions (9-22)
    Josh Clements, Dave Hawes, Kyle Dent and Dave Ingalls promoted to District Chiefs
    SCFD Promotions (9-22)
    Jordan Mazur promoted to LT
    City of Bradenton Years of Service (9-22)
    Barry Cornelison recognized for 25 years of service
    North Port Fire Promotions (9-22)
    NPFR new Journeyman: James Hurley, Justin Flagg, Johnny Riggs, Tyler Griffith, Dylan Ward and Phillip Osipov
    City of Bradenton Years of Service (8-22)
    James Papa recognized for 26 years of service
    North Port Fire Quarterly Service Awards (7-22)
    Battalion Chief Ray Coyle, FF/EMT Rob Peltier, Battalion Chief Dave Ingalls, Deputy Communications Manager/NPFR Public Information Officer Madison Hei
    Longboat Key Fire
    Tyler Anderson, Ryan Corso , & Daniel Martinez completed #LBK Paramedic Field Training Program
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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.
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    The IAFF has launched a new online resource addressing the opioid epidemic consisting of a 10-segment video and podcast series.
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    IAFF members and their family can take advantage of reduced tuition, no-cost LRC100 course, waived resource fees, certification transfers, free undergraduate books, and more.

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    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.
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