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WMFR Academy attendees graduate

The March 27 West Manatee Fire Rescue Citizen Fire Academy class of graduates, standing from left, are Larry Jennis, Budmon Davis, Lawrence Newman, Csaba Nemeth, Bud Collins, P.B. Daugherty, Steve Litschauer, Jerry Hottinger, WMFR Commissioner Scott Ricci and John Magee. Seated, from left, Alba Vosburgh, Elizabeth Collins, Mimi Tran, Patti Kuhn, Carol Davis and Laura Morel. Not pictured, Michael Pepper. Islander Courtesy Photo

West Manatee Fire Rescue’s first Citizen Fire Academy graduated 17 attendees at its conclusion, the March 27 session at the WMFR administration offices, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.

        The academy offered six sessions, including tours and demonstrations relating to fire administration and organization; fire prevention; operations; emergency management; EMS and communications; specialty teams; and the challenges and future of the fire district.

        The attendees also learned about the fire district’s community safety programs through weekly question and answer periods.

        For more information about the district or the Citizen Fire Academy, go to

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