Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue, located in Manatee County, Florida held their Open House on April 12, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event was held at Cedar Hammock Station 3 / Training Facility.
Fire Chief Jeffrey S. Hoyle and the Board of Fire Commissioners, Dee Bennett, Steve Litschauer, Dan Brunner, Tom Flynn and Mike Holderness Sr. brought the event back to the community to showcase the local public safety resources provided to residents and visitors of the District. The turnout was fantastic with close to a thousand estimated attendees.
Deputy Fire Marshal Eric Center and Training Officer Captain Nick Herlihy coordinated the event. The primary exhibit highlighted was Cedar Hammock’s new Inflatable Fire Safety House. This fire safety tool is designed to teach children the perils of fire and ways to remain safe in the event of fire related emergencies. The Fire Safety House is available to all Manatee County Public Safety organizations to use in addition to the constituents of Cedar Hammock Fire Control District.
Several displays and live demonstrations were part of the open house including live fire sprinkler demonstrations by Wayne Automatic, Bayflite Trauma Center helicopter, Extrication demonstrations using “The Jaws of Life”, Cedar Hammock’s Junior Firefighter Combat Challenge, and free food and drinks.
Emergency Service providers also participating were Florida Division of Forestry, Manatee County EMS, Southern Manatee Fire Rescue, United States Coast Guard, City of Bradenton Fire Department, West Manatee Fire Rescue, Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport Fire Rescue, East Manatee Fire Rescue, Florida Highway Patrol, and Light Technical Rescue Team 644.
Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue would like to thank all our sponsors who included Winn Dixie Supermarkets, Sysco, Tropicana, Wayne Automatic, Terry Supply, Church of the Cross, Resonate Life Church, 4 Hounds Pizza, A&A Auto Recycling, Publix Supermarkets and all members of the Cedar Hammock family who volunteered their time to assist.
Source: Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue