Coral Springs- The Florida Fire Training Directors Association has named the Coral Springs Fire Academy as “Florida Fire Service Training and Education Provider of the Year” for 2011. The Academy also received this recognition in 2007.
The competition for this annual award is always intense. Fire academies from all across the state, including Jacksonville and Tallahassee, were also nominated for this coveted award.
The selection committee chose the Coral Springs Fire Academy for their outstanding performance in training current and 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.
Training Chief Michael McNally said “This award showcases the importance of operating an academy that is built on a “Commitment to Excellence,” the Academy motto”. “Our Academy has made a commitment to the Fire Service to deliver the most comprehensive and quality training possible” McNally Said. The success of the Academy is a direct reflection of the academy office staff, lead instructors and instructors that continue to provide this high level of service to the public day in and day out.
“The success of the academy would not be possible without the tremendous support from the Fire Department Administration, City Commission and City Manager” said Chief McNally.
The Academy has trained over 1,200 students in various fire and medical courses over the past year. The Academy has assisted the United States Coast Guard with training, traveled to Martin County to provide Florida Urban Search and Rescue Trench Rescue Training to the Martin County Special Operations Team and has provided numerous promotional exams for area fire departments. The academy also provide monthly in-service training to the firefighters of Coral Springs which prepares them to respond and mitigate the emergencies they respond to on a daily basis.
"The Award validates our commitment to excellence in preparing firefighters for the challenges associated with this most demanding and dangerous profession,” City Manager Erdal Donmez said. “The beneficiaries of this award are the people we serve."
Chief Training Officer Michael McNally and Fire Chief Mark Curran will accept the award in Tallahassee in March.