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CFO Patronis on Fighting for Florida’s First Responders

2/23/2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis issued the following statement on the House Commerce Committee’s favorable hearing of House Bill 557, Fire Investigator Cancer Treatment Benefits, sponsored by Representative Salzman. House Bill 557 adds fire investigators to the existing firefighter cancer coverage. The bill moves next to the House Floor. 

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Whether going into a burning building, being exposed to carcinogens that could ultimately lead to cancer, Florida’s firefighters and fire service personnel face tremendous dangers on the job. Both firefighters and investigators never fail to answer the call and work to protect our homes, businesses and communities at a moment’s notice. It is critical that we provide these men and women the support they need if faced with a life-changing cancer diagnosis. A huge thank you to Chair Ingoglia and the Commerce committee for moving this legislation forward today, and thank you to Representative Salzman and Senator Wright for protecting our first responders, and for their hard work on House Bill 557 and Senate Bill 838.”

To view CFO Patronis’s 2022 “Born Free” Legislative Priorities, click HERE.