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Statement by Florida Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher

8/19/2005

CONTACT:
Tami Torres or Nina Banister
(850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – In June, Florida State Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher announced several initiatives to assist local law enforcement and first responders throughout the state in the fight against the spread of meth. Today, Fire Marshal Gallagher applauded the Bush Administration for increasing Federal Assistance to states dealing with the spread of meth.
 
 "I appreciate the Bush Administration's assistance in helping states like Florida fight the spread of meth."
 
"Throughout my career as Florida's Fire Marshal, I have never witnessed a greater threat to our firefighters, our first responders and our communities than the current scourge of meth spreading throughout our state."
 
"We have to attack meth with every possible resource, and from every possible direction. Stiffer penalties, more aggressive prosecution, increased education and intensive rehabilitation must all be part of any solution to Florida's growing meth problem."
 
"Today's action by the Bush Administration is a positive step to help our efforts to fight meth here in Florida, but the solution to Florida's meth problems must begin at home."
 
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As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. Gallagher also serves as the State Fire Marshal.