Neal Communities contributes to fire extinguisher safety

Neal Communities (, southwest Florida’s premier, private homebuilder, recently contributed $1,000 to East Manatee Fire Rescue for equipment to help with fire extinguisher safety courses for the community.

“We are extremely thankful to Neal Communities for this generous donation,” said Deputy Fire Marshall Alex Onishenko with East Manatee Fire Rescue. “These funds will help us train safer and more effectively and will support many business owners and residents in Manatee County,” he said.

The firefighting agency is raising funds to purchase a state-of-the-art fire extinguisher training device. Currently, firefighters require groups that request training to have several fire extinguishers on hand for sessions which include a short safety lecture and demonstration on how to use extinguishers.

“We bring participants to a safe area where a burn barrel is ignited using a mixture of gasoline and diesel fuel to experience what it is like to extinguish a live fire,” said Onishenko. “This process, however, includes expelling the extinguishing agent called mono-ammonium phosphate, a dry chemical that looks like yellow baking soda. It creates a small mess in the area in which it is used. The training device we are raising money for is a lot cleaner and safer to use.”

The new equipment is filled with compressed air and water and can be used multiple times without any residue or cost.

About Neal Communities

Neal Communities was named one of 2012’s “America’s Best Builders” by BUILDER Magazine and voted the “2013 Best Residential Builder in Southwest Florida” in a readers’ poll sponsored by Gulfshore Business Magazine. The company is ranked No. 1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked nationally among the top 50 builders by BUILDER Magazine. To date, Neal has built over 10,000 homes in southwest Florida. As the area’s largest and most established, locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities is continually striving for excellence in every aspect of the home building and development business. Neal Signature Homes, Neal Land Ventures, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Neal Communities Funding, Fiducia Insurance and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success. The company’s honors and accolades include 44 Parade of Homes 2015 awards, 50 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards.  For more information, please visit

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