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State Fire Marshal’s Office Provides Free Training for Volunteer Firefighters


Michael Cox                                                          
(352)369-2846; or                   
Nina Banister                  
(850) 413-2842 
VALPARAISO—Volunteer firefighters from throughout Florida will converge this weekend in Valparaiso to get the latest training on firefighting and investigative techniques dealing with potential manmade and natural threats.
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who also serves as State Fire Marshal and oversees the Florida State Fire College, said the annual Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend ensures Florida’s volunteer firefighters have access to regular training to help them better protect their communities and themselves.  The event begins on Friday, September 28, 2007, and continues through Sunday, September 30, 2007.  Most events will be held at Lewis Middle School, 281 Mississippi Ave., in Valparaiso, just outside the East Gate to Eglin Air Force Base.
“Our goal is to protect the lives of Floridians, especially our firefighters who work hard to protect our families, homes and communities,” said CFO Sink.  “We do all that we can to make sure they get back to the firehouse and their families safely after every call.”
Classes will be offered in Emergency Vehicle Operations, Calling the Mayday, Search & Rescue Techniques, Firefighter Safety, and a host of other subjects.  For a complete list see www.nwflvolunteerffweekend.comBest photo opportunities will be late Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon. 
This free training is made available through the cooperation of local fire departments, the Florida State Fire College, and the Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation.

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.