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**PHOTO RELEASE** CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Delivers Cancer-Fighting Kits to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue in Tampa

9/25/2018

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Contact: Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com 
 
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Delivers Cancer-Fighting Kits to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue in Tampa
 
Tampa, Fla. –Florida’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis delivered firefighter cancer-fighting decontamination kits to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. 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 and will help mitigate firefighters’ exposure to cancer-causing products of combustion.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “I was honored to stand next to members of the Hillsborough County firefighting community today to present more than 70 cancer-fighting decontamination kits. In 2016 alone, cancer caused 70 percent of career firefighter line of duty deaths across the nation, and firefighters have a nearly 15 percent higher risk of dying from cancer. These numbers are unacceptable and cancer prevalence in firefighters is not up for debate. We must continue to ensure these heroes have the tools needed to stay healthy and safe.”
 
Four thousand decontamination kits will be distributed throughout Florida. More than 1,000 kits have already been distributed with the remainder of the kits to be delivered in the coming weeks. Each kit includes the tools needed for firefighters to effectively clean gear after a fire. The decontamination kits were awarded through a $1 million grant to the firefighter cancer mitigation grant 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).