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Manatee County first responders to conduct tornado drill next week

27 Mar 2018 9:24 AM | Anonymous

Police, fire, Public Safety officials will begin the exercise with morning convoy from Public Safety Center to Duette Fire Department 

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (March 27, 2018) – Emergency officials and first responders from around Manatee County will take part in a convoy from central Manatee County to Duette next week to kick off a tornado drill being held two months before the start of Hurricane Season. 

Manatee County Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Office, Public Works, 911/ECC, Fire Chiefs' Association, All-Hazard Incident Management Team, Florida Power & Light, Peace River Electric Coop and the fire departments from Parrish, Longboat key Fire Department and Duette are expected to take part in the exercise. 

The exercise will mimic a tornado that struck early morning hours of Tuesday, April 3 in the town of Mosaic in northeast Manatee County. The exercise will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The convoy of emergency vehicles will depart Manatee County Public Works building at 1022 26th Ave E, Bradenton at 8:30 a.m. and travel to Duette Fire Rescue at 35800 State Road 62 East, Duette. The field exercise will be conducted at the Duette Fire Department and in Duette Preserve.

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