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State Fire Marshal Sink Announces 4th Annual Volunteer Firefighter Training


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2009 
CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Jennifer Hirst 850-413-2842                      

OKALOOSA COUNTY—Florida CFO and State Fire Marshal Alex Sink today announced that volunteer firefighters from throughout the state will gather this weekend at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville for the 4th Annual Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend. Over 200 pre-registered volunteers are signed up for the event, which is provided to help dedicated volunteer firefighters better prepare themselves and their neighborhoods when fighting fires.

“There are thousands of volunteer firefighters in Florida who selflessly dedicate their time and services to protect their communities, and it’s imperative that they are provided with training in the newest techniques and also that they have access to refresher courses,” said CFO Sink. “I commend the volunteers and instructors who are participating in this weekend’s training for their honorable service to Floridians.”

The 4th Annual Volunteer Firefighter Training Weekend begins on Friday, September 18 and continues through Sunday, September 20. Participants in this weekend’s training will receive updates on firefighting including investigative techniques that deal with potential manmade and natural disasters. The courses will consist of hands-on and classroom training, including vehicle extrication, incident management and handling a “mayday” situation.  For more information on the annual training, please visit the event web site:
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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