Our law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency response personnel are prepared to face a lot of risks when they respond to a call. But they are faced with a new risk that is hidden and insidious – and found in homes, backyard sheds, motel rooms and even vehicles.
I am talking about clandestine methamphetamine labs.
Both the process and the people involved in the manufacture of this highly addictive, illegal drug are dangerous and a threat to our communities. Methamphetamine, or meth, is manufactured using common household products, particularly over-the-counter cold medicines because they contain a key ingredient of the drug, ephedrine.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office has responded to 29 fires or explosions at labs or involving meth lab operators. I want to help keep our law enforcement and first responders throughout Florida safe. And I want to help stop the threat meth poses to our neighborhoods and our children.
To help fight the war on drugs, we are providing free training for first responders beginning this month at the Florida State Fire College, in a program that will cover numerous subjects from types of meth labs to how to investigate one.
Lab operators, usually high on their own product, are prone to make mistakes. Mistakes are deadly -- to those on the frontline and the people they serve.
It's time to start a new fight against a drug that is tearing lives and families apart.
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GALLAGHER CHARGES METH LABS AS A 'TERRORIST' THREAT TO FLORIDA
GALLAGHER ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE ARREST SWEEP BY INSURANCE FRAUD INVESTIGATORS
28 ARRESTED FOR VIOLATIONS OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAWS
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher announced 28 arrests in a three-day statewide sweep of suspects arrested for violations of workers’ compensation laws. The sweep is the latest move in a campaign to root out those who cheat the workers compensation system, thus making it more expensive for honest employers to obtain coverage. The investigations and the arrests were carried out by detectives from the Division of Insurance Fraud, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Fraud, in the Department of Financial Services, which Gallagher oversees.
“Florida employers have seen their workers’ compensation premiums drop for two years in a row and much of the credit for this relief goes to the Division of Insurance Fraud and the Division of Workers’ Compensation,” Gallagher said. “Employers and employees who cheat the system are stealing from those who play by the rules and putting them at a competitive disadvantage. We will continue our aggressive efforts to stamp out fraud and help save employers money.” CONTINUED
OPERATORS OF UNLICENSED ENTITY TRG MARKETING, LLC, PLEAD GUILTY, ACCEPT PRISON SENTENCES
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher announced that the operators behind one of the most extensive and costliest insurance fraud schemes in Florida have agreed to accept prison terms and make restitution for their roles in the operation of an unlicensed health insurance plan that left more than 7,200 Floridians with millions of dollars in unpaid medical claims.
TROPICAL STORM ARLENE THREATENED GULF COAST
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher urged residents along the Gulf Coast to get ready for a possible strike by Tropical Storm Arlene last weekend. Gallagher mobilized consumer specialists with the Department of Financial Services to assist any residents impacted by the storm.
Gallagher also advised that residents can contact the department’s toll-free storm line at 1-800-22-STORM with insurance questions or for assistance with filing claims should a storm hit. CONTINUED
FLORIDA OFFICE OF INSURANCE REGULATION ANNOUNCES PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING CINCINNATI HOMEOWNERS’ RATE REQUEST
The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has announced a public hearing regarding a proposed rate increase filed by Cincinnati Indemnity Company and Cincinnati Insurance Company. The rate filing is for Cincinnati’s Homeowners Insurance Programs.
Cincinnati’s filing requests an average statewide rate increase of 36.7%. The average rate change varies by county from 0% in Hardee, Lafayette and Okeechobee counties to 40.4% in St. Johns County. A list of average county rate changes is included with this notice.