Jimmy Patronis applauds expanding benefits for fire investigators

The Cabinet member worked to increase benefits for first responders.

Financial director Jimmy Patronis applauded the signing of benefits for fire investigators into law.

Govt. Ron DeSantis Friday signed the legislation (SB 838) to allow state-certified fire and explosives investigators to be eligible for benefits under existing firefighter cancer coverage in the State of Florida.

“Florida firefighters and investigators never fail to answer the call and work to protect our homes, businesses and communities at all times,” Patronis said.

New Republican senator from Smyrna Beach. Tommy Wright sponsored the bill during the legislative session.

“Thank you to Governor DeSantis for signing Senate Bill 838 into law and to Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis for being a champion for Florida firefighters and fire investigators,” Wright said. “I was proud to sponsor this legislation which will provide much needed financial assistance to our heroes in return for all they do to keep our communities safe.”

representing Michelle Salzman, a Republican from Pensacola, carried the bill to the House.

“I was honored to sponsor this bill at Florida House, which gives Florida fire investigators the treatment benefits they deserve,” she said.

“Fire investigators are exposed to hazardous fumes, gases and particles that contribute to chronic health conditions, including cancer. Senate Bill 838 provides cancer coverage for our fire investigators, and I want to thank CFO Jimmy Patronis for his unwavering support.

Patronis, also the state fire marshal, had made benefits for first responders a key element of its legislative priorities.

“Thank you to Governor Ron DeSantis for signing this bill into law and supporting our firefighting professionals. It is essential that we provide these men and women with the support they need if they are faced with a life-changing diagnosis of cancer. Thank you to Senator Wright and Representative Salzman for their hard work in passing Senate Bill 838 and for your commitment to protecting our first responders.

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