GALLAGHER ANNOUNCES UPDATE TO HURRICANE RECOVERY EFFORTS
Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher announced that the Department of Financial Services has established a second mobile response unit in Destin and is also located in four disaster recovery centers being operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The State Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for mobilizing search and rescue efforts from the state Emergency Operations Center during an emergency. Gallagher, in his role as State Fire Marshal, dispatched members of the department's two law enforcement agencies to assist in search and rescue efforts in areas devastated by Hurricane Dennis.
Walton County was created in 1824, shortly after Florida became a territory of the United States. The courthouse is in the county seat of DeFuniak Springs.
STATE UNCLAIMED PROPERTY AUCTION TO BE HELD JULY 30 IN FORT LAUDERDALE
Jewelry, coins, antiques and collectibles will be among approximately 40,000 items to be auctioned later this month by the state to benefit Florida public schools. Among the items are a 14-karat gold purse, a 5-karat sapphire ring, and an 1889 CC Morgan silver dollar.
Registration requires a refundable $200 cash deposit and valid driver’s license. Proceeds from the auction will go to the State School Trust Fund to benefit public schools in Florida.
STATE FIRE MARSHAL DIVISION DIRECTOR RAND NAPOLI HONORED
State Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher is pleased to announce that Rand Napoli was named State Fire Marshal of the Year - Fire Prevention by the National Association of State Fire Marshals in Reno, Nevada, at their annual conference.
State Fire Marshal Gallagher appointed Rand director of the division of State Fire Marshal in 2001. “Rand is an exceptional leader who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the job, " Gallagher said. "Fire prevention is everyone's concern, and Rand helps create and direct our consumer education programs on prevention and safety." CONTINUED
Napoli has 34 years of operational and administrative experience in fire, EMS, hazardous-materials and disaster management, and was chief of operations of the more than 1,000-member Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. Napoli was chief of the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training in the division of State Fire Marshal prior to becoming division director.
He is a co-author of the Florida Statewide Fire-Rescue Emergency Response Plan, and is Florida’s emergency coordinating officer for fire, search and rescue at the state Emergency Operations Center. Gov. Jeb Bush has appointed him to the Florida State Emergency Response Commission for Hazardous Materials, and he serves on Florida’s Domestic Security Oversight Board and the Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Commission. At the national level, he is Chairman of the National Association of State Fire Marshals Catastrophic Fire Prevention Task Force.
“Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration – of oneself and of others,” stated Napoli during the presentation of a Leadership Award to Rand Napoli, director of the division of State Fire Marshal, by the Gator Fire Council at its Fifth Annual Firefighters Ball in Gainesville in February.
GALLAGHER ANNOUNCES ARRESTS FOR AUTO ‘DITCHING’
Cases result in more than $120,000 in fraudulent insurance claims
"Floridians will not tolerate footing the bill for this kind of fraud," said Gallagher, who oversees the department. "We will continue to work aggressively to uncover these schemes and bring these offenders to justice, and we are proud to partner with the Palm Beach County Multi-Agency Auto Theft Task Force."
REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING ARSON AT THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Detectives with the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is conducting an on-going investigation of an intentionally set fire that occurred on July 6, 2005 at 5:53 a.m. that damaged the Islamic Society of Central Florida located at 2200 Harrell Road, Orlando, Florida 32817.
Significant information has been received providing information on vehicles that were seen in the area at the time the fire occurred. The Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP) is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that might further this investigation. If you, or someone you know, have pertinent information concerning this arson fire, please contact one of the following:
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