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“Be Prepared” Boy Scouts Holding Camporee at the Florida State Fire College


CONTACT:  Michael Cox
(352)369-2846  (352)427-4083

OCALA – On most days, the training fields and classrooms at the Florida State Fire College are filled with firefighters.  This weekend will be different.
Dave Casey, Bureau Chief at the Fire College, announced that approximately 170 Boy Scouts will be occupying the campus beginning Friday evening.  Scouts from the Marion County District will be arriving for their Spring Camporee.  As they arrive, a strange sight will be showing up on the campus - tents.  Each of the 9 troops represented will be establishing their own camps for the stay through Sunday.
On Saturday, staff from the Fire College, Marion Community Technical, Adult Education, and the Ocala and Marion County Fire Departments will be assisting in a variety of activities and training for the attendees.  Some will be honing the typical Boy Scout skills while other will participate in fire extinguisher drills, flowing fire hoses, and some will enter the maze to see how firefighters operate in unfamiliar buildings.  Many of the Scouts will be working on their basic first aid skills which, unknown to them, will become important later.  The surprise about dinner time on Saturday evening will be a mock disaster drill to test just how prepared they are.
On Sunday morning, campers will be breaking down camp sites, cleaning up, saying good-bye to new friends, and thinking ahead to the event in 2008.

As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink 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. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.