Thunder by the Bay

The Manatee County MRC was activated to support EMS operations at the Thunder by the Bay motorcycle festival at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, FL. Over the first weekend in January, 7,000 bikes and 25,000 spectators came to the sports park to listen several tribute bands and visit over 100 vendors. Despite the cold conditions, MRC volunteers staffed and operated two medical aid stations and two mobile response units.

Bradenton Blues Fest

On Saturday, December 3, 2016, the Manatee County Medical Reserve Corps was activated for the Bradenton Blues Fest in downtown Bradenton, FL. The festival drew over 3,000 spectators over a ten hour period. The Manatee County MRC brought a team of ten to staff their Medical Aid Station Trailer (MAST), their Mini Emergency Response Vehicle (MERV), as well as having a team walking around the event.

Lincoln Middle School Demonstration


On October 26, 2016, MRC Coordinator David Skau and MRC Member Michael Zimmermann conducted a CPR and First Aid demonstration to students at Lincoln Middle School in Palmetto, Florida. The students were part of the Agriscience and Future Farmers of America class. They stressed the importance of scene safety and dialing 911 as soon as possible, and provided an overview on crucial steps they can take to save one’s life.