Chief McNally began his career with the department as a Fire Explorer in 1989 and went on to become a volunteer firefighter in 1993. McNally worked for Coral Springs Dispatch Communications from 1993-1997 when he left to pursue a career in Public Safety with the City of Coconut Creek (1997-2001) and City of Parkland (2001-2004), as a law enforcement officer and firefighter. He returned to Coral Springs in 2004 as a Lieutenant, was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2009, Chief of Training in 2011, and in 2014 became the department’s Deputy Fire Chief. In February 2020, he was selected to be the city’s 13th Fire Chief. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Thomas University and is finishing his master’s degree in Emergency Services Management through Columbia Southern University.
Chief McNally has served as an instructor at the Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety (CSRIPS) since 2002, teaching minimum standards, Driver Engineer, Technical Rescue, and Leadership Development. He took over day-to-day operations of CSRIPS in 2011. During McNally’s tenure at CSRIPS, he developed partnerships with area departments for training, expanded promotional testing, and courses provided to the public. McNally served as Secretary on the Executive Board of the Florida Fire Training Directors Association from 2011-2018. In this capacity he worked tirelessly to help enhance how firefighters are trained throughout Florida. Under his leadership, CSRIPS received the Florida Fire Training and Education Provider of the Year in 2011 and 2013. This achievement was a result of the dedication of all of the instructors and staff.
McNally holds both Chief Training Officer and Chief Fire Officer designations from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and Fire Officer IV from the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training. Chief McNally has also been a Rescue Team Manager with FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Florida Task Force 2 and deployed to Haiti in 2010 following the devastating Earthquake and Mexico Beach in 2018 following Hurricane Michael. In his role as Deputy Fire Chief, McNally oversaw Professional Standards and Training, Community Risk Reductions, Administration, Safety and Health and the Dive Rescue team.
McNally is married to Rebeca, a firefighter for the City of Coral Gables, and they have two children; Liam and Alana. He is tremendously grateful for his loving family’s unwavering support throughout his career and as he steps into his new role as Fire Chief.
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