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REMINDER: MEDIA ADVISORY: CFO Atwater to Host Press Conference Announcing New Military-Firefighter Initiative Called “Operation Dispatch”


Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413 – 2842
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Thursday, May 14, Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater will host a press conference at Jacksonville’s Fire Academy of the South to announce a new Department of Financial Services initiative called “Operation Dispatch.” Operation Dispatch streamlines the process for military firefighters to become certified in Florida by granting credit for military fire-service training. This program helps members of the military and veterans continue their commitment to service in Florida.
CFO Atwater will be joined by Florida State College at Jacksonville President Cynthia Bioteau, representatives from the Florida Departments of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, as well as members of the military and firefighter communities.

Thursday, May 14
WHO:              CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater;
                           Florida State College at Jacksonville
                           President  Dr. Cynthia Bioteau;
                           Commander of the Florida Air National
                           Guard Brigadier General James O. Eifert;
                           Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
                           Deputy Executive Director Colonel Al Carter
WHERE:         Fire Academy of the South at Florida State
                          College at Jacksonville
                          2700 Firefighter Memorial Drive
                          Jacksonville, Fla. 32246            
WHEN:           9:30 AM EST
*Immediately following the press conference, local Jacksonville firefighters will host a live demonstration outlining some of the physical components of the state firefighter certification exam.
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