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**PHOTO RELEASE** CFO & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Florida’s Firefighters Keep Our Communities Safe

6/8/2023
For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 8, 2023
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

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CFO & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Florida’s Firefighters Keep Our Communities Safe

ORLANDO, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis attended the 79th Annual Florida Professional Firefighter’s Conference where he addressed Florida’s firefighting professionals and spoke about Florida’s economic and legislative successes that will directly increase benefits for firefighters and first responders.

CFO & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, "Florida’s economy and job growth continues to flourish, and as your CFO, I’ve been committed to ensuring these trends continue for years to come. However, none of these accomplishments would be possible without a robust safety net of first responders working 24/7/365. No matter how good the economy is, families and businesses would not relocate to Florida if our communities weren’t safe. Their selfless service makes our state successful. Due to the efforts of our Governor and the Florida Legislature, we saw a historic move this session to restore age and years of service requirements for retirement and DROP; improve retiree health insurance subsidies; increase the length of time allowable in the DROP program; and increase employer contributions to investment plans by 2 percentage points. These measures will help support firefighters and other first responders statewide and encourage the next generation of firefighters to choose Florida. As State Fire Marshal, I’m proud to continue to advocate for Florida’s first responders and ensure they have the resources they need to live a long, fulfilling life during and after their service to the state.”


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About CFO Jimmy Patronis  
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).

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