Brush fire season is upon us- Please be very careful if you burn anything. Remember to call the Florida Forest Service to obtain permission and a burn permit number. The phone number there is 941-213-6970. A courtesy call to our department is always appreciated once you have received the ok to burn. Our number is 941-322-6525. If you have any type of emergency, remember our crews are dispatched through the Manatee County 911 Center. You must call them in an emergency, not the administration number at your local station. Please make sure your children know when and how to make a 911 call, this is a very important lesson for them and has saved many lives.