MCSAR Receives Bullard Save a Life Club Award

BRADENTON -Today, members of Manatee County Search and Rescue were honored by Bullard Emergency Responder and inducted into their Save A Life Club. This award is given to an agency or agency member that has used a Bullard Thermal Imaging Camera in a way that assisted in saving a life. 

Manatee County Search and Rescue is the first stand alone search and rescue agency in the country to be a recipient of this prestigious honor. The members were presented their plaques this morning at the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners meeting by Bullard Corporation representative Rob Healy and were joined by Lieutenant Davis of the St. Petersburg Police Department. Lt. Davis requested the team back in May of this year to assist in locating a missing autistic child and brought him home safely.

The team wants to extend their deepest thanks to Mr. Healy, Bullard , Lieutenant Davis and the St Petersburg Police Department for the opportunity to help the community. They would also like to thank the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for their generous grant that allowed the team to purchase the two Bullard Thermal Imaging Cameras that were used in this search. It is with the assistance of people like you that the team is able to continue to do the job they do and appreciate the support of their efforts.

MCSAR Gets New Rescue Boat

PARRISH – Manatee County Search and Rescue debuts a new marine unit.

It’s a 17-foot Patten inflatable dive rescue boat and it was paid for by volunteers.

The new addition allows them to be more versatile and available to assist in a wider variety of emergencies.

The function of the county’s search and rescue is to be an asset to agencies that need more specialized personnel in the event of a disaster.

Manatee County Search and Rescue Director of Communications Meghan Wolf says the custom boat is designed for emergency situations.

Wolf says, “There’s actually a flap that opens up here at the front of the boat that’s away from the motor so that way our diver can actually go through here and when we actually pull up over somebody, the flap opens up and we can actually pull them in rather than having to hoist them over the side.”

Wolf says they have been doing in-house training and they’re ready to assist on the water.

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