Media Advisory: Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater Hosts the 2012 Annual Southeastern Accelerant Detection Canine Recertification
Contact: Deborah Jamison
WHO: Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater
WHAT: 2012 Annual Southeastern Accelerant Detection Canine Recertification
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m.
WHERE: First Coast Technical College, 3640 Gaines Road in St. Augustine, FL 32084
More than 30 Accelerant Detection Canine (ADC) teams from across the nation will participate in three days of concentrated training starting today. The 2012 Annual Southeastern Accelerant Detection Canine Recertification event will be held in St. Augustine, Fla., through Oct. 18.
The media is invited to join the teams at the burn building at First Coast Technical College, 3640 Gaines Road in St. Augustine on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday training will include burn building drills with live fire and field exercises. The teams will also undergo classroom exercises, written examinations and validation of training records over the course of the training. ADC teams are required to be recertified annually.
The ADCs are used across the nation by government organizations to assist in fire and arson investigations. They have the ability to detect trace amounts of ignitable liquids like gas, diesel, kerosene, lamp oil and lighter fluid that arsonists commonly use to initiate intentionally set fires. The use of ADCs saves taxpayer dollars by significantly decreasing the time it takes to investigate a fire.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, oversees the Department of Financial Services including the Division of Insurance Fraud. 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.