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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Supporting Firefighters in Fight Against COVID-19

4/8/2020

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis: Supporting Firefighters in Fight Against COVID-19

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis held a call with the Executive Boards of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association and the Florida Professional Firefighters to receive updates on COVID-19 response efforts from first responders statewide. During the call, fire service leaders stressed the importance of workers’ compensation insurance coverage for all first responders, supporting stand up medical facilities and testing sites, and ensuring access to adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies.
 
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “As we’ve surpassed more than 15,000 COVID-19 cases in Florida, I continue to lean forward with our fire service community to understand and advocate for their needs in the battle against this virus. Last week, I ordered our Division of Risk Management to provide workers’ compensation coverage for front line state employees and I will continue to work with state regulators to advocate for access to these vital benefits for first responders. These men and women are the boots on the ground and we must ensure they know they will be protected while they safeguard our communities.

“The access to adequate PPE supplies for our first responders continues to be an issue and that is unacceptable. We would not ask these heroes to run into a burning building without the proper protective gear, and this is no different. I will continue to work closely with the Division of Emergency Management (DEM) to ensure these needs are met and our first responders have the tools they need to protect themselves.

"Everyday, our firefighters are also providing vital support to stand up medical facilities and drive thru testing sites statewide as we work alongside health officials to ensure every citizen in need gets access to COVID-19 testing. I cannot thank them enough for their dedication and I’m working every day to ensure Florida sends a clear message: We stand with our first responders in the fight against COVID-19."
 

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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. El Oficial Principal de Finanzas Patronis trabaja todos los días para luchar contra el fraude de seguros, apoyar a los bomberos de la Florida y garantizar que las finanzas del estado sean estables para respaldar el crecimiento financiero del estado. Siga las actividades del Departamento en Facebook (FLDFS) y Twitter (@FLDFS).