Chief’s Welcome


On behalf of the dedicated men and women of the East Manatee Fire Rescue District, I would like to welcome you to our website. I hope that it will be informative and helpful to you.

When I began as Chief of East Manatee Fire Rescue District in 2017, we embarked with an enhanced focus on three areas – facilities/equipment, personnel, and level of service. Since then, we have upgraded our equipment and technology, enhanced our communications and professionalism, reduced our response times, and improved our effectiveness on arrival.

In June 2020, we opened Station 7 at 14500 Covenant Way in the area of University Parkway and Lorraine Road serving the neighborhoods of the Lake Club, Lakewood Ranch Country Club, and Country Club East. This station is dedicated to our first full-time Fire Chief, Henry Sheffield, who passed away in December 2019. You can read more about this wonderful man and great public servant on our Memorial page.

On April 19th, 2021, we opened Station 8 at 6975 Bourneside Boulevard to serve the communities along State Road 70 of Dell Webb, Polo Run, Lakewood National, Panther Ridge, the Concessions, and several other subdivisions currently under development in the 43211 zip code.

In addition, Station 8 serves as the headquarters of an additional Battalion Chief established this year to cover the area of the District east of Lorraine Road to the county line.

The northeast area of our District along State Road 64 east of Lorraine Road has several plan developments already approved and we have plans to build Station 9 there in the next few years.

On October 1, 2021, we merged in the Myakka City Fire Control District and incorporated their 230 square mile area to the east of us along with their 2 stations and 10 personnel into our operations.

September 28 – 29, 2022, Hurricane Ian passed to the east of the District greatly affecting the Myakka area. The subsequent aftermath of the historical flooding of the Myakka River in October created the worst natural disaster in Manatee County’s history.

Already in the works prior to the storm, East Manatee Station 11 in Myakka City on Wauchula Road will be replaced with hurricane hurricane-resilient building in 2024.

East Manatee Fire Rescue stands ready to serve all of our communities from the Braden River to Lakewood Ranch to Myakka City and all areas in between.

I hope you will let me know how we are doing. Please email me with any comments, suggestions, or concerns to

Lee Whitehurst Fire Chief

Manatee County Extends Burn Ban

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 3, 2024) – Due to the continued hot and dry weather, the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has voted to impose a ban on all outdoor burning and the use and discharge of fireworks and sparklers in the county, effective immediately.

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