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CFO & State Fire Marshal Sink Announces Free Training for Florida’s Volunteer Firefighters

4/16/2008

CONTACT: 
Brannon Jordan 850-413-2842
Michael Cox  352-369-2846
                                                                                                            
OCALA -- Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Alex Sink today announced over 150 volunteer firefighters from across the state will journey to the Florida State Fire College in Ocala for an intensive five-day training.  At the training, which begins today and ends Sunday, firefighters will get the latest on firefighting and investigative techniques dealing with potential threats from agribusiness chemical accidents to bombs.
 
“The State Fire Marshal’s Office is proud to host free training sessions for volunteer firefighters, who so courageously give of their time to protect Floridians,” said CFO Sink. “There is no better way to thank them for their service and reduce fire damage in Florida, than to provide these volunteers with the training they need to help protect themselves, their families and their communities.” 
 
The 15th annual training week provides volunteer firefighters access to high quality training.  Participating firefighters will receive four to 40 hours of training from ten classes and are awarded continuing education credits to help them build their careers.
 
Training subjects include: basic fire skills, special survival techniques, bomb and drug lab awareness, and flammable liquid fires.  Saturday evening at dusk propane flames will light the sky, shooting 60 feet into the air so that participants can practice how to safely mitigate potentially dangerous situations.
 
The Florida State Fire College is located at 11655 NW Gainesville Road in Ocala.  The best photo opportunities will be Friday and Saturday afternoon.  Interviews can be arranged through Michael Cox at the number above.
 
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.