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Florida State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater Announces 6th Annual Volunteer Firefighter Training Weekend


Contact: Alexis Lambert 

TALLAHASSEE - More than 250 volunteer firefighters from throughout Florida will participate in five days of concentrated training this weekend provided at no cost to the firefighters. The 6th annual event will be held September 14-18, 2011, at the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.

“Firefighters put their lives on the line for their fellow Floridians every time they respond to a call,” said CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater.  “I am proud that we are able to offer this training to assure not just that our citizens are better protected but also that our firefighters have the training they need to work safely and go home every night.”

The event kick off on Friday evening will include hands-on demonstrations of vehicle extrication equipment and a live vehicle fire demonstration. Twenty-five classes will be available over the weekend including basic firefighting skills, incident management, live fire evolutions, and wild land firefighting with live fire demonstrations and practical exercises occurring each day.

This training is made possible through a cooperative effort with the local fire departments, the Florida State Fire Marshal, the Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation and the Region I Type 3 All Hazards Incident Management Team from the Florida Forest Service. The training is provided at no cost to the volunteer firefighters due in part to a grant from the Florida Association of Counties Trust (FACT).

To find out more about the Division of State Fire Marshal and the State Fire College, please visit

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, 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.