" Just wanted to thank Elecotek Inc for your donation of a lifepak 1000 to Manatee County Search and Rescue. My name is Michael Dvorack and I am the Training and Safety Captain for Manatee County Search and Rescue. I wanted to take the time to just tell you about our team and it's history along with our mission.
Manatee County Search and Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to assisting local law enforcement and other first responder agencies in the location of missing persons. The organization is a 100% volunteer staff comprised of either currently employed or retired from a First Responder or Military related field. The agency is funded 100% by donations from the community or from the members directly in order to remain in service to serve the citizens of Manatee County, as well as surrounding areas.
Manatee County Search and Rescue was created in 2001 as an outlet for dedicated public safety professionals to continue to give back to their community while increasing their knowledge and networking. MCSAR began with only a few members from the public safety community who saw a void in the services offered in the county. It has now grown to approximately 30 members.
In 2008 the organization was taken over by, now commander, Jared Leggett and continues to be comprised of dedicated public safety professionals - all active or interested in all search and rescue disciplines, disaster aid, emergency medicine and awareness education. Manatee County Search and Rescue serves a total area of 893 square miles. 741 square miles of it is land and 152 square miles of it is water with a population of about 385,571 people.
Manatee County Search and Rescue responds to numerous calls for service throughout the year to provide SAR capabilities and medical event standbys throughout Southwest Florida and beyond. Many of our team members are EMTs who provide Basic Life Support to those persons we find until EMS gets on scene. Those who are not EMTs are trained in First Aid, CPR, and AED use. One of the biggest pieces of equipment we lack is an AED. As the American Heart Association has pointed out, for every minute you go without defibrilation after experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, your chance of survival drops by 7-10%. These are staggering numbers when you think the average response time for EMS is 3-5 minutes.
After finding your company online and applying for the free giveaway on Facebook we just received notification that we won this afternoon. This AED will be an amazing tool in our toolbox for future years to come. If you want to find out more about our group you can find us on Facebook or visit www.manateecountysar.org
Thank you once again Elecotek for this amazing donation so we can continue to help the community we serve. "