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Florida CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater Announces 7th Annual Volunteer Firefighter Training Weekend

9/10/2012

More than 250 volunteer firefighters from throughout Florida will participate in three days of concentrated training, at no cost. The 7th annual event will be held September 12-16, at the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.

Contact: Alexis Lambert or Deborah Jamison
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE-More than 250 volunteer firefighters from throughout Florida will participate in three days of concentrated training, at no cost. The 7th annual event will be held September 12-16, at the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.
“Firefighters put their lives on the line for their fellow Floridians every time they respond to a call,” CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater said.  “I am proud that we are able to offer this training to assure not just that our citizens are better protected but also that our firefighters have the training they need to return home safely each night.”
The event kick-off on Friday evening will include hands-on demonstrations of vehicle extrication equipment. Twenty-five classes will be available over the weekend including firefighter water safety and survival, explosive awareness, live fire evolutions, basic firefighting skills and wild land firefighting with live fire demonstrations and practical exercises occurring each day.
This training is made possible through a cooperative effort with local fire departments, the Florida State Fire Marshal, the Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation and the Florida Forest Service.
The Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council, Inc., has been awarded a FEMA SAFER grant to assist with paying firefighters’ expenses to attend certain classes.  For more information on these scholarships, please visit http://www.nwflvolunteerffweekend.com/calendar/Scholarship.htm.
To find out more about the Division of State Fire Marshal and the State Fire College, please visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com.

Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services.  CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.