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FLORIDA

LAURI MCMAHON

Masters degree in administration achieved JIM FORTIN

Ventilation and search/rescue training with Heilbron Springs Volunteer firefighters from Heilbron Springs Fire Rescue conducted vertical ventilation and search & rescue training with an abandoned and soon to be demolished structure. Utilizing both powered and hand tools, multiple of roof cutting techniques were practiced. The second portion of the drill was a search and rescue drill with a downed firefighter emergency thrown into the training.

Seven employees of the Iona-McGregor Fire Protection and Rescue Service District recently completed their master’s degree through Barry University and Hodges University. Six of the individuals received their degree in Administration (a cross between an Master in Business Administration and Public Administration) and one person received a Master’s of Science Management. The cohort is part of the succession planning at the district for professional development and advancement. Pictured are DC of Training Seth Comer, DC of Prevention Phil Brown, Acting Chief Chad Jorgensen, Training Captain Joseph Ursitti, Inspector Shar Hingson, Firefighter Tracy McMillion, Battalion Chief Marc Mascarelli.

Southeast

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

Pack your bags for a Weekend full of Training Opportunities The 8th annual Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend will gather at the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida from September 18-22, 2013. The purpose of the annual event is to provide basic and advanced training to volunteer firefighters throughout the Southeast region. ast year, 235 volunteer firefighters from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida received over 4,300 hours of training. This year’s event will offer over 30 classes including 15 new subjects (smoke reading, ARFF, communication skills, ATV safety, S330) ranging from 2 - 40 hours and also includes Saturday and Sunday lunch provided by Lenny’s Subs

of Niceville, FL and a Saturday night banquet catered by Carrabbas Italian Grill of Destin, FL. Live raffles and presentations will provide for plenty of interaction and important networking opportunities. The event is sponsored by local and area fire departments, the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, the Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation, the Florida Forest Service, the Northwest Florida State College, dozens of vendors, and top notch fire service instructors from across the state that come together annually for the training experience. For our out-of-state firefighters, there is a $20 registration fee that will allow you to take one

class or several that you are able to schedule. It also includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday and the banquet on Saturday evening. Some classes require books; however, if you don’t have them, loaner copies will be available. Want some more great news? The Recruiting and Retention Workshop for Volunteer Fire Departments students may be eligible for a scholarship from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Responses (SAFER) grant program. For our Florida firefighters, we have scholarships available through SAFER for Firefighter Part I Skills Task Book, Live Fire Evolutions, and S130/S190 Wildland classes. Essentially, these are all expenses paid classes. Naturally, there are certain eligibility requirements and you can check that and all the event information on

our website listed below. Online registration for all classes is now open on our website. You will enjoy the weekend and learn a lot. It is time to take that leap of faith like this firefighter just before he hits the water. For further information on how your volunteer fire department can take advantage of this training and grant, contact Charlie Frank at 877-6863839, ext 2 or check the website at http://www.nwflvolunteerffweekend.com .

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