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Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater today recognized this week, October 5 to 11, 2014, as Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month,” emphasizing the lifesaving protection properly functioning residential smoke alarms can provide Floridians. In 2013, more than 50,000 fires were reported in Florida, more than half of which were accidental and possibly preventable through fire prevention practices.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Department of Financial Services is partnering with the Miami and Hialeah Police Departments and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to host free financial workshops for seniors, their families and their caregivers. These workshops, called Operation S.A.F.E (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) Be Scam Smart workshops, will teach attendees how to spot a financial scam, how scams work and steps attendees can take to protect themselves.
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater will join the Florida Joint Council of Fire and Emergency Service Organizations to host the annual Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala. Six firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty will be remembered.