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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and Florida State Forester Jim Karels today announced that Senior Forest Ranger David Dietz is the 2017 Forestry Firefighter of the Year. David Dietz has served as a wildland firefighter with the Florida Forest Service since September 2006, and he is currently the lead training officer for the Chipola Forestry Center. Dietz strives to improve himself and his colleagues through strong leadership and initiative.
Dietz helped reshape how the Florida Forest Service prepares young firefighters for Basic Fire Control Training after becoming certified as a wildland firefighter, emergency medical responder and structure firefighter one. Dietz seeks input for classes needed, both internal and external, and often works weekends to facilitate training for local fire departments.
“Our wildland firefighters risk their lives to protect our residents and the wildlife that make Florida a special place to live,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “I congratulate David on being named the 2017 Forestry Firefighter of the Year.”
“David's dedication to the safety of Floridians is unrivaled, and I am honored to recognize his exemplary service with the Florida Forest Service,” said Florida State Forester Jim Karels.
The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests and provides forest management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests. The Florida Forest Service is also responsible for protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FloridaForestService.com.