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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Readies Florida Urban Search and Rescue Assets Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

9/1/2019

For Immediate Release: Saturday, August 31, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com
 
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Readies Florida Urban Search and Rescue Assets Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis today announced that his Division of State Fire Marshal, as the lead agency for Florida’s Emergency Support Functions 4 & 9 (ESF 4&9), has mobilized 14 units in preparation for Hurricane Dorian’s landfall.
 
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, "As we continue to track Hurricane Dorian, I have activated 14 Urban Search and Rescue teams to ensure we will have boots on the ground following potential impact. These brave men and women are standing by to head in and protect Floridians after the storm passes. I'm proud of the teams we have across our state, and I'm grateful that they selflessly serve us all when disaster strikes."
 
The state-sponsored task forces are some of the primary response units that are immediately deployed to provide assistance to communities that have been impacted by a natural or man-made disaster. The teams are comprised of Florida firefighters and first responders supported by FEMA federal USAR teams and have the ability to provide assets and resources including but not limited to swift water rescue, search and rescue, HAZMAT support, medical support, and satellite communications capabilities.
 
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis’ Division of State Fire Marshal is the lead agency overseeing two Emergency Support Functions (ESF) at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) during a disaster or state emergency. The Division is responsible for the management and staffing of ESF 4 (Firefighting) and ESF 9 (Search and Rescue) at the SEOC. For More information of the Department’s Division of State Fire Marshal or Emergency Support Functions 4&9, visit www.myfloridacfo.com/division/sfm/ESF4_9/default.htm.
 
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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).