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State Fire Marshal & CFO Alex Sink Announces 5th Annual Volunteer Firefighters Training


CONTACT: Jerri Franz or Jennifer Hirst 850-413-2842                       

OKALOOSA COUNTY—Florida State Fire Marshal and CFO Alex Sink today announced that volunteer firefighters from throughout Florida will gather this weekend at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida, at the fifth annual Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend. Over 200 pre-registered volunteers have signed up for the training, which consists of hands-on and classroom training to teach the latest firefighting and investigative techniques.
“Offering free courses for our state’s honorable volunteer firefighters is one way we are able to show our appreciation for their tremendous service to our communities,” said CFO Alex Sink.
“Volunteer firefighters take on a large responsibility by volunteering their time and service in addition to their other personal and professional commitments. I want to personally thank each firefighter for participating this weekend and providing this invaluable service to Floridians.”
The volunteers will participate in classes ranging from two to forty hours, including hands-on vehicle extrication, incident management, and handling a “mayday” situation.  New this year will be “Responding to CO Emergencies” and “Firefighter Water Safety and Survival.”  The event begins on Wednesday September 15, 2010 and continues through Sunday, September 19, 2010.  All activities will be held on the college campus. For a complete list of class offerings, visit:
Advance registrations include firefighters from all areas of the state including the Florida Keys.  This free training is made available through the cooperation of local fire departments, the Florida State Fire Marshal and the Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation.
Best photo opportunities will be Friday evening at 6:00 PM for the hands-on extrication, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.  Personal interviews can be arranged by contacting Michael Cox 813-918-2303. 
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