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CFO Sink Announces Fire Prevention Task Force

3/30/2007

CONTACT: Lt. Joseph Schwartz                                               (954)321-3704; or Nina Banister
(850) 413-2842 
 
IMMOKALEE—Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who also serves as State Fire Marshal, announced today that the Division of State Fire Marshal and several South Florida fire and law enforcement agencies have created a task force to promote fire safety after a fire at a mobile home park earlier this month resulted in five deaths and the hospitalization of five others.
 
“We want to do everything we can to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again,” said CFO Sink.  “I appreciate the efforts of everyone who has worked to put this task force together as well as those who will serve on the task force in an effort to make sure these residents have critical information to protect their families and homes.”
 
The task force will begin Sunday by talking to parishioners at the 10 a.m. mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, and then in the afternoon will be distributing fliers in the Migrant Farmers Cooperative Union area.
 
By raising awareness through public education, the task force hopes to establish ongoing relationships among residents and participating agencies, help identify fire safety concerns, and provide information on public and home fire safety, including the importance for families to have working smoke detectors and a fire escape plan. To ensure effective communications with Immokalee residents, the task force will include two members fluent in Spanish and two members fluent in Creole.
 
The Immokalee fire occurred the morning of March 4 at a mobile home in Cleves Trailer Park, 713 2nd Ave, Lot #18.  The State Fire Marshal’s Office, Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations (BFAI), is continuing to investigate that fire, and the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information on the fire.
 
The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is a law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local fire and law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin.  Anyone with information about this case or any incident of fire is asked to call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NOARSON).