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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: NBC 6 South Florida: Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces Honored for Surfside Condo Collapse Response

3/2/2022

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
NBC 6 South Florida: Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces Honored for Surfside Condo Collapse Response

"Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces Honored for Surfside Condo Collapse Response"
NBC 6 South Florida
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Full story here.
 
Members of Florida's Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 and 2 were recognized Tuesday for their dedication and bravery while responding to last year's condominium collapse in Surfside.
 
Each member received a challenge coin at a ceremony at the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Training Facility in Doral to commemorate the work they did following the June 24 collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South condo.
 
"I know that I saw the work of God when hundreds of urban search and rescue teams showed up, working on this mound of rubble, fighting to ensure there were any signs of life," State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said. "The emotional toll that some of these women and men went through led to some early retirements. Humans are just not built to see the horrible things these men and women dealt with."
 
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On top of recognizing the task force members, Patronis was also there to advocate for more funding. He's seeking $10 million for more equipment and training for task force members.
 
“As we move forward and funding becomes challenging, for him to work extremely hard to allocate $10 million to this initiative is unprecedented and for that we thank you,” Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban said.
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).