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**Photo Release** CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis on Coronavirus: We Can’t Forget About our First Responders

3/5/2020

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842
 
**Photo Release**
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis on Coronavirus: We Can’t Forget About our First Responders

ORLANDO, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis held a roundtable with Orlando firefighters, local officials and first responders to discuss the importance of preparing for the possible spread of the coronavirus in Florida.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “With confirmed cases of coronavirus in Florida we cannot forget about our first responders; they’re the tip-of-the-spear when it comes to reducing the impact of this disease on our communities. We’ve already seen an instance in Washington state where first responders entered a facility without protective gear. As a result, more than two-dozen first responders are quarantined and some are experiencing flu like symptoms. That’s why we’ve been meeting with fire chiefs and other first responders to ensure everyone is communicating with their partners effectively and assessing their equipment needs.
 
"Thank you to Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson, Captain John Murray of the Port Canaveral Authority and Central Florida firefighters including Orlando Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale and Orange County Fire Chief James Fitzgerald for their hard work to ensure Florida’s first responders understand their needs, so they can protect themselves and their communities from this deadly virus.”
 
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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).