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Board accepts new fire chief contract

Board accepts new fire chief contract

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue’s soon-to-be Chief Ben Rigney’s employment contract is approved and ready to go into effect when current Chief Tom...
WMFR chooses a new chief

WMFR chooses a new chief

BRADENTON – When Chief Tom Sousa retires from the district in October, West Manatee Fire Rescue will have a new chief in Battalion Chief...
WMFR board members plan for the future

WMFR board members plan for the future

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners had a full agenda for their February board meeting. The group met Feb. 19 at the administration building...
Fire district merger talks off the table – for now

Fire district merger talks off the table – for now

MANATEE COUNTY – Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore said the crowd assembled for the Council of Governments meeting was the largest she’s ever seen. The...

WMFR celebrates excellence and career milestones

BRADENTON – Firefighters and staff with West Manatee Fire Rescue had a lot to celebrate Jan. 15 during the district’s annual awards ceremony held...
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Around the Island year in review

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – This past year brought a lot of changes to the three Island cities as well as to some other organizations....

Firefighters active in city commission campaign

BRADENTON BEACH – West Manatee Fire Rescue (WMFR) Fire Chief Tom Sousa wants Bradenton Beach voters to know the fire district does not endorse...

Local first responders help with hurricane recovery

BRADENTON – Manatee County first responders don’t only answer the call of duty locally, they also answer when other people need their help, including...
WMFR open house hot dogs

Family fun at the fire house

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue personnel took a little time off from the serious business of keeping the community safe to throw a...
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WMFR commissioners address merger concerns

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners are giving Commissioner George Harris the green light to reach out to leaders at two other Manatee...
Holmes Beach surf shop fire award Mayor

West Coast Surf Shop employees honored for bravery

HOLMES BEACH – A fire at the West Coast Surf Shop on April 15 turned staff members Kaitlin Kee, Anna Rehorn and Benjamin Webb from...
West Manatee Fire Rescue meeting promotion

Fire commission opts for incremental increase

BRADENTON – Fire assessment rates are going up in West Manatee Fire Rescue’s District for the coming fiscal year. The 2 percent increase, which...
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WMFR commissioners seek legislative change

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners didn’t get quite what they bargained for when Attorney Jim Dye appeared before them to discuss the...
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Firefighters recognized for outstanding service

BRADENTON – Jeff Philips is the West Manatee Fire Rescue's Firefighter of the Year, Richard Losek is Officer of the Year and William “Buddy”...