Volume 3 Number 46
November 13, 2006

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Firefighters from throughout Florida gathered last week at the South Florida Community College for the Great Florida Fire School, where they received hands-on and classroom training in a variety of subjects.  More than 170 students attended 29 different classes for a total of 5,176 student contact hours.  

In its twelfth year, the fire school is a traveling training program intended to save firefighters from having to travel to other programs that often can be miles away. Courses included wildland firefighting operations, LP gas fires, firefighter safety, extrication, fire investigations, explosive device recognition and safety, emergency response to terrorism, rope rescue, emergency medical services, public education and stress management.

“We bring these professionals the same classroom and practical training that they would get at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala,” said State Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher.  “By bringing the training to them, it saves their departments the expense of travel and lodging and keeps them near the communities they serve.”
The school is sponsored by the Division of State Fire Marshal, Florida State Fire College, Florida State Firefighters' Association, South Florida Community College, The Convention & Visitors Bureau of Highlands County and the Highlands County Board of County Com

t www.greatfloridafireschool.org for more information on the Great Florida Fire Scho

Those who couldn’t make it to the fire school can attend the first annual Northwest Florida Firefighter Volunteer Weekend to be held December 8-10 in Valparaiso.  This three
-day training event is free and offers more than 20 classes to volunteer firefighters.   

The Florida State Fire College, Florida Fire & Emergency Services Foundation and several corporate companies are sponsoring this event.  Instructors will come from throughout Florida.

For more information about course descriptions, class schedules, registration, and hotel/motel information, go to
http://vvfd.valp.org and click on the scrolling banner.