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Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office Hosts Free Skills Training for First Responders


Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413–2842
NICEVILLE, Fla. – Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater today announced that the 11th Annual Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend will be held this weekend on the campus of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The Florida State Fire College, which operates under the direction of CFO Atwater, co-hosts this three-day training event that is open to all first responders. Class offerings are free to firefighters, EMS personnel, law enforcement, and military members. More than 200 have registered, and with no similar training offered in the South, participants also include first responders from Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee.
“First responders lay their lives on the line every time they respond to a call,” said CFO Atwater. “I am proud to be part of this training weekend, which helps ensure that these brave men and women have the training and tools they need to perform their jobs safely and effectively.”
Participants will have the opportunity to gain practical experience during classes that will include hands-on demonstrations. More than 30 different classes are being offered on a wide variety of topics such as water rescue and survival, emergency vehicle operations, firefighter survival in the water, landing zones for medical helicopters, and meth lab awareness. Participants will learn proper procedures for wildland firefighting and because firefighters also rescue wildlife, an optional class will provide training in animal first aid.
The event is made possible by the Florida State Fire College, Northwest Florida State College, Florida Fire Chiefs, Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation, and the local and area fire departments. Funding is provided by a number of area vendors.
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).