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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: We Need Your Help to Save Firefighter Lives


Firefighters using Decontamination Kit

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis issued a “call to action” to all private sector companies to donate the contents of decontamination kits, which help firefighters clean their gear and fight cancer by reducing exposure to toxic carcinogens. Each “decon kit” includes tools for firefighters to effectively sanitize their gear after a fire.
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “Cancer rates in our firefighters are alarming and I’m calling on the private sector's assistance because our firefighters need your help. In partnership with the University of Miami, my office has already distributed over 4,000 decontamination kits across the state, but many more fire stations need these life-saving tools. Our firefighters have a 15 percent higher chance of being diagnosed with cancer, but we can change this sad reality for our heroes by providing them with the relatively inexpensive items inside these kits.
“Keeping our firefighters safe, healthy, and cancer free has and always will be one of my top priorities. I know firsthand how heartbreaking it is to have your loved one receive a cancer diagnosis. Your donations will help firefighters decontaminate their gear each and every time they respond to a fire.”
Firefighter Decon Kit Items Needed for Donation:
• 5-Gallon bucket and leak-proof lid
• 5-Gallon bags
• Duct tape
• Dish soap
• Short handle scrub brush
• All-purpose spray bottle
• Dermal wipes
• Two 50-Ft 5/8” hose lines
• Two Garden hose nozzles
• Two Adapters, 2.5" female X .75" male GHT
• Collapsible traffic cone

To donate items, please contact Melissa Dembicer at

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