Florida Provides Free Training for Volunteer Firefighters

April 17, 2008

Over 150 volunteer firefighters from across the state gathered this week at Florida State Fire College in Ocala for an intensive five-day training session, according to State Fire Marshal, Alex Sink.

The training will provide firefighters with the latest firefighting and investigative techniques in dealing with potential threats from agribusiness chemical accidents to bombs.

Participating firefighters will receive four to 40 hours of training from 10 classes and are awarded continuing education credits to help them build their careers. Training subjects include: basic fire skills, special survival techniques, bomb and drug lab awareness, and flammable liquid fires.

Saturday evening at dusk propane flames will light the sky, shooting 60 feet into the air so that participants can practice how to safely mitigate potentially dangerous situations.

Source: Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office

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