On Sunday, July 22, 2018, the Manasota Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) responded to a fire at the Port of Manatee in Palmetto, Florida.
A fire broke out inside a bio-diesel tank at the port late Sunday evening. Multiple agencies from Manatee and Hillsborough Counties responded to the scene, along with Manatee County EMS. Approximately 60,000 gallons were inside tank, which sustained structural damage due to the fire.
Knowing that the they were going to be on scene for an extended period of time, EMS requested the MRC to set up a rehab station. Upon arriving on scene, the logistics team quickly sprung into action, setting up chairs and cooling fans inside their Medical Aid Station Trailer (MAST). Normally the station is set up outside, along the side of the trailer. However, due to incoming inclement weather and the fact that the trailer has A/C inside, the team decided to set up inside.
Following NFPA guidelines, MRC volunteers took vitals as firefighters entered the rehab station, and provided them chairs and water while they cooled down. After ten minutes, vitals were taken again and if within a normal range, firefighters were release back to the fire ground.
The MRC responded with an RN, EMT and two Logistics team members. Both the hazmat safety officer and on-duty EMS district chief thanked the them for their response.
On March 6, 2018, the Manatee County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) responded to the scene of a brush fire in East Manatee County. Eighteen firefighters from East Manatee Fire Rescue and the Florida Division of Forestry fought the ten acre fire for several hours. Strong winds caused the fire to spread quickly.
Manatee County EMS also responded to the scene in case any of the firefighters became injured or ill. Due to the temperatures and high humidity, and the time it was taking to fight the fire, personnel on scene knew that additional help was needed. They requested the MRC.
Once on scene, they set up their Medical Aid Station Trailer (MAST) as a rehab station. Volunteers included one RN, one EMT and one logistics team member.
On May 18, 2017 The Manatee County Medical Reserve Corps was dispached to a five alarm fire to provide Firefighter Medical Rehab. We responded to ensure those battling the fire remained hydrated and safe to return to duty.
The Manatee County MRC and MRC Sarasota were invited to participate in the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport PADRE (Passenger Aircraft Disaster Response Exercise) on March 20, 2017. The exercise simulated a plane crash with multiple casualties requiring multiple agencies to respond.
Our team deployed the Medical Aid Station Trailer and treated several simulated patients. A big thanks to our partners in Manatee and Sarasota Counties for allowing us to participate in the exercise.
On Saturday, February 4, 2017, the Manatee County Medical Reserve Corps was activated to assist Manatee County EMS at the 3rd annual Bradenton Area River Regatta. Tens of thousands came to watch Formula 2 power boats to hydrocross jet skis on the Manatee River. The MRC operated two mobile aid stations and two mini emergency response vehicles.