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State Fire Marshal and CFO Sink Appoints New Fire Chief to the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations

6/6/2007

CONTACT: 
Nina Banister or Brannon Jordan
(850) 413-2842
                             
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Alex Sink today announced the appointment of Dan Spillman as Chief of the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations.  As Bureau Chief, Spillman will oversee 105 sworn fire and arson investigators within the Division of State Fire Marshal.
 
“I am so pleased to announce Dan Spillman will join the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations,” said CFO Sink.  “I know his vast experience investigating arson will serve the Bureau and the people of Florida well.”
 
Chief Spillman has been actively involved in all facets of Florida’s fire and emergency services for over 32 years.  Most recently, Chief Spillman was the Public Safety Director for Taylor County. 
Prior to that, he was with the City of Tallahassee Fire Department for over 22 years where he retired as Deputy Chief.  He has over 20 years experience in fire scene investigations and holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science and Safety as well as an associate’s degree in Fire and Arson Investigation.  In addition to Chief Spillman’s law enforcement experience in arson, he has served as a Reserve Deputy for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and as a member of the FDLE-North Special Operations Team.
 
The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is the law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local fire and law enforcement agencies in investigating possible criminal activities as it relates to fire. This Bureau conducts approximately 4,200 investigations each year involving fires, explosions, fireworks and other fire and arson-related incidents.
 
In addition to conducting investigations, the Bureau takes a proactive approach toward the suppression of arson in the state. These efforts are coordinated through sponsoring numerous seminars which provide state-of-the-art investigative training techniques to people from various agencies and municipalities.
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.