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January 24, 2008: Coral Springs Fire Academy Named Number One in the State

The Florida Fire Training Directors Association has named the Coral Springs Fire Academy as “Fire Training Center of the Year” in Florida for 2007.  Having only begun it’s own Fire and EMT academy a few years ago, this is quite an accomplishment for the Coral Springs Fire Department. 

The competition for this annual award is always intense. Fire academies from all across the state, including the State Fire College in Ocala, were nominated for this coveted award. 

The selection committee chose the Coral Springs Fire Academy for their outstanding performance in training future firefighters of this state, as well as their contributions to the development of innovative training programs and procedures that have become new standards for the training of firefighters across the state.

“This award showcases the importance of operating an academy that is built on a “Commitment to Excellence,” the Academy motto,” Chief of Training Robert Bertone said.

This recognition closely follows the City’s recent receipt of the nationally coveted Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. 

“Our academy has had some of the highest passing rates in the state for several years now, and this award confirms our commitment to the quality of our graduates,” Bertone added.

The Academy has trained over 1,000 career firefighters in Flashover Awareness in the last two years, and continues to serve as a major training resource for 12 local fire departments and four local law enforcement agencies.

"The Award validates our commitment to excellence in preparing firefighters for the challenges associated with this most demanding and dangerous profession,” City Manager Mike Levinson said. “The beneficiaries of this Award are the people we serve."

Chief Training Officer Robert Bertone and Fire Chief Mark Curran will accept the award in Tallahassee in April.

For more information on this award, please contact Fire Department PIO Mike Moser at 754-224-1982 or by e-mail at

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