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St. Cloud Fire Rescue’s Ryan Gallik named state firefighter of the year

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6:00 am

Ryan Gallik, a firefighter and paramedic with St. Cloud Fire Rescue as named fire service instructor of the year and career firefighter of the year by CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater.
Marshal honored the winners of the 2017 Florida Fire Service Awards during a recent reception at the

St. Cloud Firefighter Ryan Gallik, center, was named career firefighter of the year by Florida CFO Jeff Atwater.

Florida capitol.
The annual award ceremony is hosted to honor those in the fire service community who have shown exceptionalism in their profession.
In addition to his daily duties, Gallik has dedicated his free time to equipping fellow and aspiring firefighters with the knowledge and resources they need to understand how to be the most effective first responder, according to a state press release. From 2008-14, Ryan taught emergency medicine, basic firefighter training and emergency vehicle operations courses at the Technical Education Center Osceola. He has served as an EMT instructor at the Central Florida Fire Academy, and he recently returned from Poland where he taught a class on the use of unmanned aircraft in firefighting.
Using extensive knowledge gathered at the Florida State Fire College and the National Fire Academy in Maryland, Gallik organized and hosted Central Florida’s first Regional Safety Committee Forum to develop a region-wide, collaborative approach to ensuring that Central Florida first responders are practicing their duties in the most efficient and safe way possible. The forums membership has since extended to South Florida and now includes more than 40 different fire departments.
The Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association and Florida State Fire Association nominated Ryan Gallik for these awards.