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Coral Springs Fire Academy named Fire Academy of the Year

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 2013. The Academy also received this distinguished recognition in 2007 and 2011.

Out of 39 deserving training centers from all across the state the Coral Springs Fire Academy was nominated and selected as the recipient for this coveted award. The selection committee chose the Coral Springs Fire Academy for their outstanding performance in training current and future firefighters, as well as their contributions to the development of innovative training programs.

“The Coral Springs Fire Academy appreciates this recognition and is proud to be able to provide training to the fire service,” Interim Fire Chief Frank Babinec said. “Our goal is to provide education and development through partnerships with surrounding agencies. Our Chief of Training Mike McNally and his staff have done a wonderful job at brining needed programs to the region.”

The Donald A. Haupt Training Center has hosted and delivered training for over 2,500 students in various fire and medical courses over the past year. The Academy has assisted the United States Coast Guard with training, provided technical rescue training to the region and FEMA USAR Florida Task Force 2, assisted in training South American Firefighters, and has provided valuable training as well as numerous promotional exams for area fire departments. The academy is a true asset to the fire service providing in-service training to the firefighters of the Coral Springs Fire Department and partner agencies which prepares them to respond to and mitigate a wide range of hazards.

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