Hot Topics (FAQs)

NOTE: Some of the following information is specific to those within our jurisdiction (the City of Bradenton).


If you pay your water bill to the City of Bradenton, we are your fire department.


Find your fire district at Manatee County GIS - select Fire Districts (on the left), enter your address (top), and reference the color code to find your fire department.

Child Safety Seat – Installation

Contact us at 941-932-9600 or with the subject line “Child Seat Installation” for an appointment with a certified installer.

Fire Extinguisher – Purchase, Service/Recharge, Disposal

For home use, it is helpful to have an ABC type fire extinguisher – which can be purchased from most home improvement stores. Fire departments do not service nor dispose of extinguishers. There are local vendors available for service (search online for “fire extinguisher service near me”). Disposal can be done through Manatee County Hazardous Waste.

Fire Report – Request for Copy

Contact us at 941-932-9600 or with the subject line “Record Request.” (EMS reports are maintained by Manatee County EMS – 941-749-3500)

Grills, Fire Pits, Chimineas

The City of Bradenton Fire Department will permit the temporary use of mobile fireplaces, Chimineas, barbeque grills, and fire pits when all the following are met:

Shall not be used on a lanai or balcony.

Shall be used on a stable level surface.

Shall not have a total fuel area larger than three feet in diameter and two feet in height.

Shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet of a structure nor combustible material.

Shall have an enclosure, heavy screen or spark arrestor to control and contain embers and sparks.

Shall be used only when fire extinguishing equipment is readily available. This should include a shovel and two buckets of water or a charged garden hose or fire extinguisher with a 4-A rating.

Shall continually be attended by an adult until it is completely extinguished.

Shall not use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires.

Shall be used only when keeping children and pets at least three feet away from the fire.

Shall not be used for waste disposal purposes.

If the smoke from said containers shall create a nuisance, the fire official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the fire department or the person(s) responsible.

Grills - Electric

Listed electric portable, tabletop grills (that do not produce a flame) not to exceed 200 square inches of cooking surface or other similar apparatus shall be permitted.  

Household Hazardous Materials – Disposal

Available through Manatee County Hazardous Waste

Hydrant – Black Bagged

This signifies that the hydrant is out of service and is awaiting repair/replacement. It will remain covered until it is back in service. Rest assured, we are aware of hydrants out of service and how to locate the next closest hydrant should we need it.

Medical – Sharps/Needle Disposal

The Sharps Disposal Program is a free service provided by the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County: 941-714-7593

Medication – Disposal

If you are interested in the Deterra Drug Deactivation System, they are available (while supplies last) at our Central Station 1 (1010 9th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205). You may also utilize the FDA's collection site locator to find a drug disposal site near you.

Pool Filling

City residents: contact City of Bradenton Utility Billing at 941-932-9434 or

County residents: contact Manatee County Utilities 941-792-8811

Smoke Alarm (Detector) - Chirping

If you have a battery operated alarm, try changing the battery. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, your alarm is not operating correctly and should be replaced.

Smoke Alarm (Detector) - Installation

If you are a city homeowner in need of installation assistance, contact us at 941-932-9600 or