Frank Babinec was appointed as the Chief of the Coral Springs – Parkland Fire Department in February of 2014. The fire department is comprised of approximately 400 members with core services consisting of Fire Administration, Fire Operations, Emergency Medical Services, Community Risk Reduction, Training (State Certified Regional Training Center) and Community Emergency Response Team.
A native Floridian, and a resident of Coral Springs since 1991, Chief Babinec joined the department in 1993 as a volunteer firefighter and was hired full-time in 2000 as the training officer. He spent 7 years as an Assistant Chief (shift commander) and another 7 years as the Deputy Chief of Operations, dedicating over 24 years of service to the communities of Coral Springs and Parkland. Chief Babinec spent 12 years as a Lead Instructor for the Coral Springs Fire Academy. Chief Babinec holds a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership and an MBA in Public Administration.
He possesses a Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and an Executive Fire Officer designation from the National Fire Academy, as well as Florida Fire Officer IV, the highest certification attainable from the State Fire Marshal’s Bureau of Firefighter Standards and Training.
Since Chief Babinec began leading the fire department, he has created and implemented a Community Paramedic Program to better serve our community. Under his leadership, the department achieved an ISO Class 1 certification, the highest rating attainable, and one awarded to only 178 fire departments out of 48,632 rated agencies throughout the nation. Of the 600 rated agencies in Florida, only 24 are ISO Class 1.
In July 2017, the Coral Springs – Parkland Fire Department was selected “EMS Provider of the Year” for the state of Florida, received the American Heart Association 2017 Mission Lifeline Silver Award for best practices in patient care, and on July 20th, the Florida Fire Chiefs Association named Chief Babinec “Fire Chief of the Year.”
On June 28, 2018, Chief Frank Babinec was named Fire Chief of the Year for 2018 by the Southeast Association of Fire Chiefs (SEAFC) during their 90th Annual Leadership Conference. The SEAFC region represents Fire Chiefs from the states of: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.