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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…Florida Times Union:"State looks to give military firefighters a boost to civilian jobs"


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“State looks to give military firefighters a boost to civilian jobs”
Florida Times Union
Story by Clifford Davis
May 14, 2015
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Most members of the military, whether medics, firefighters or infantrymen, share a common roadblock in transitioning to civilian life: translating their skills honed in the military to an equivalent job outside of it.

At FSCJ’s Fire School of the South on Thursday, CFO Jeff Atwater announced Operation Dispatch, an effort by the state of Florida to make that transition easier for military firefighters.

“Operation Dispatch is a strategic investment that applies credit to the training firefighters received during their military service and encourages these outstanding service men and women to come to our state where they will put down roots following their military careers,” Atwater said.

Jonas Macskassy, a graduate of one of the first two pilot groups to graduate from the program, said the initiative streamlined the process and allowed him to receive his certification much quicker than would have previously been possible.

“That’s a great thing with this program that they’ve been able to look at our military records and training and translate that into the Florida training-equivalency classes,” Macskassy said.

For most former military firefighters, the new certification process will leave only about 40 hours of training to be completed before they can become certified.

No matter the service, many military firefighters look to join a civilian department after leaving the service.

“I know a lot of guys who’ve worked for me, that’s their plan,” Coates said. “They do four or five years, get out and get a fire-science degree and get into a fire academy like at FSCJ.”

“It’s great if they can transfer a lot of that stuff over to civilian firefighting.”
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