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CFO Patronis: More than 4,000 Cancer Exposure Decontamination Kits Will be Delivered to Florida Firefighters
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Katie Strickland, Katie@joinjimmy.com
Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine announced that 405 Florida fire departments will collectively receive 4,216 kits to help decontaminate firefighters’ gear after a fire. The Post Fire On-Scene Decontamination Kits will help mitigate firefighters’ exposure to cancer-causing products of combustion. The first 492 decontamination kits have been distributed to 48 fire departments, with the remainder of the kits to be delivered in the coming weeks.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “In 2016 alone cancer caused 70 percent of career firefighter line of duty deaths across the nation, and firefighters have a nearly 15 percent higher risk of dying from cancer. Cancer prevalence in firefighters is not up for debate, and we must make sure these heroes have the tools needed to stay healthy and safe.”
Disclaimer: Paid by Jimmy Patronis, Republican, for Chief Financial Officer.