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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis to Deliver Cancer-Fighting Kits to Orange County Fire Rescue

8/22/2018

For Planning Purposes: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis to Deliver Cancer-Fighting Kits to Orange County Fire Rescue
 
Orlando, Fla. – On Thursday, August 23, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis will host a press conference on the delivery of firefighter cancer-fighting decontamination kits to Orange County Fire Station 67 in Orlando, Fla. The Post Fire On-Scene Decontamination Kits were created in partnership with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine announced that 405 Florida fire departments will collectively receive 4,216 kits to help decontaminate and will help mitigate firefighters’ exposure to cancer-causing products of combustion.
 
Joining CFO Patronis will be Orange County Fire Rescue Chief Otto Drozd, Florida Fire Chiefs' Association President, Chief John Miller, Florida Fire Chief’s Association Foundation Chair, Cindy Morgan and friends and members of Florida’s fire service and first responder community.
 
Please contact Devin Galetta at devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com if media is interested in attending the event. For local directions and set up information please contact Carrie Proudfit at carrie.proudfit@ocfl.net.
 
Firefighter Decontamination Kit Event:
 
DATE:              Thursday, August 23
TIME:               2 p.m.
LOCATION:      Fire Station 67, 10679 University BV, Orlando, FL 32871
 
The decontamination kits were awarded through a $1 million grant to the firefighter cancer mitigation grant program and will be available for each fire apparatus with pumping capability at the departments which applied for the program. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has developed a website, www.sylvesternewbadgeofhonor.com, which contains related educational materials, along with other resources designed to help educate firefighters about cancer risks and processes that might help reduce those risks.
 
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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).