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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: $1 Million in Grants Awarded for Fire Safety Equipment Supports Florida Firefighters

6/7/2018

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Contact: Anna Alexopoulos Farrar, 850.413.2842, anna.farrar@myfloridacfo.com 

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: $1 Million in Grants Awarded for Fire Safety Equipment Supports Florida Firefighters
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In his continued efforts to support Florida’s fire service community, CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis, in conjunction with Hendry County, presented more than $1 million in financial support to members of the Felda Volunteer Fire Department, Montura Volunteer Fire Department, Pioneer Plantation Volunteer Fire Department and the City of LaBelle. The grant funds were awarded from Florida’s Firefighter Grant Assistance Program and will be used to purchase fire safety equipment and update existing facilities.
 
“More than 20 million residents across our state depend on the services and protection provided by our firefighters,” said CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis. “These grants will support our firefighters, improve their emergency response, and help them do their jobs safely and efficiently. No matter the size of the community, fire service needs for families remain the same. Florida’s firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our friends and family, and we must do everything to support their heroic efforts.”
 
The grant funds were awarded from Florida’s Firefighter Grant Assistance Program to Felda Volunteer Fire Department, Montura Volunteer Fire Department and Pioneer Plantation Volunteer Fire Department in the amounts of $55,414.60. These funds will be used for the purchase of fire safety equipment.
 
In addition, the City of LaBelle received funding for needed renovations to the LaBelle Fire Station in the amount of $318,000 and the purchase of a fire engine and other fire safety equipment in the amount of $525,000. 
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian 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).