Firefighter Program at GCCC Honored

State Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher has recognized Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City as 2005 Florida Training Center of the Year.

Gallagher presented proclamations signed by Gov. Jeb Bush and other members of the Cabinet recognizing their outstanding commitment to protecting the people and property of Florida. This week is designated by the Cabinet as Florida Firefighter Appreciation Week.

Gallagher said, “On behalf of the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the people of Florida, we give the college and all who wear an emergency responder uniform our heartfelt thanks for their service.”

The college has a fire service technology program designed to prepare students for the fire service as a volunteer or career firefighter. The program consists of basics of firefighting, equipment, organization, fire service occupational safety and health, fire investigations, fire codes, and fire detection.