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**MEDIA OPPORTUNITY** Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Provides Vital Training for First Responders

9/18/2019

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com
 
**MEDIA OPPORTUNITY**
Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Provides Vital Training for First Responders

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis announces the 14th Annual Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend, which will kick off at the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “We are expecting record attendance this week with more than 300 fire service personnel from Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee at the 14th Annual Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend. For over a decade, this event has provided thousands of volunteer firefighters with vital training and support. I cannot thank these dedicated volunteers enough for their dedication to protecting their communities.
 
“I would also like to thank the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Foundation, the Florida Forest Service and my team at the Florida State Fire College for their participation in this important fire training event.”
 
Media interested in attending will have the opportunity to view vehicle extrication, wild land operations, live vehicle burning, animal training and more.
 
WHO:           Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend
 
WHAT:         14th Annual Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend
 
WHEN:          Friday, September 20, 2019 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
                     Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
 
WHERE:        Northwest Florida State College
                     100 East College Blvd.
                     Niceville, Florida 32578
 
ON-SITE CONTACT: Mike Cox | 727-639-3703
 
The 2019 event includes new classes on Solar Farm Safety, ATV Safety, and Natural Gas Emergencies. It’s free to Florida volunteer firefighters, and local and statewide instructors will be on hand to share expertise. Approximately 25 vendors will be in attendance to demonstrate the latest in firefighting practices and equipment.
 
New firefighters can apply for scholarships at this training event through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants Program. These scholarships include necessary lodging and gear. For more information and a complete list of classes, please visit www.nwflvolunteerffweekend.com.
 
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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).