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Fire Captain Accepts National Award

Post Date:05/06/2019 11:29 AM

Captain Chris BatorThe City of Coral Springs is proud to announce that the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award was presented to the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative, along with the Denver Fire Department, for their outstanding contributions to firefighter safety and health. The recognition is co-sponsored by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and was presented during the Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Conference.

Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department (CSPFD) Captain, Chris Bator, was in Washington, DC with the other founders and members of the collaborative to accept this prestigious award. In just a few short years, the work accomplished in the State of Florida and nationwide has been tremendous.  Of the recognition, Chief Frank Babinec says, “We are extremely proud of Captain Bator and the Collaborative Board for taking the reins on this initiative; for committing the time, passion, and dedication to the importance of firefighter health and wellness.”

In 2015, CSPFD Assistant Chief John Whalen and Captain Bator, who are committed to this important issue, attended the Florida Fire Chiefs Annual Safety and Health Conference.  At the conference, they met individuals, obtained important information, and made great connections to move CSPFD in the direction necessary for the safety and wellness of its members. In April of 2016, the department hosted the first regional meeting, inviting fire departments from the tri-county area; with 43 participants representing 12 organizations, it was a tremendous turn out. However, by the second meeting, 50 people, representing 20 organizations attended; by the third meeting, more than 100 people from 30 organizations were in attendance. The momentum continually grew and by the fourth meeting representation from just about every fire rescue organization in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties, as well as the University of Miami, the Florida Fire Chiefs Association, Florida State Fire Marshal, DOD, Cigna, and the University of Central Florida were in attendance.  Of the growth and interest in firefighter health and wellness, Chief Babinec remarked, “This is a testament to Captain Bator’s and other leaders in the Collaborative hard work and the nurturing he put forth to gain such quick momentum and buy-in from so many organizations.”

Commission Meeting Recognitions Captain Chris Bator for the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership AwardWhat was local, grew to become regional, statewide and now - a nationwide model. The collaborative, through their efforts, have helped make changes in state law that require mental health training, cancer awareness training and decontamination protocol. They have changed the way therapists throughout the state are trained to deal with the unique circumstances that first responders face while on the job. Their comprehensive website includes valuable information about cancer prevention, mental wellness, fitness and overall safety. Learn more about the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative by visiting

The Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award is a well-deserved recognition for Captain Bator and the members of the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative. The City of Coral Springs congratulates them for such a distinct and prestigious honor!

[Photo on Above] Captain Chris Bator (center) was recognized for his work by the Coral Springs City Commission on May 1, 2019.

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A 21-year public relations professional, Lynne served as the Public Relations manager for the Broward Sheriff’s Office – the nation’s third largest public safety agency until 2013, where she managed crisis communication, media outreach and the promotion of public safety initiatives . During her tenure she served as the editor for Signal 14 – quarterly full-color magazine for residents and employees.

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