Published on January 21, 2022
On behalf of the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Like many of you, we hoped to be out of COVID response, but as we approached 2022, we saw a dramatic increase due to the Omicron variant. Throughout the pandemic we have and will continue to make decisions to ensure the health and safety of our members so they can continue to provide vital services to the communities of Coral Springs and Parkland.
January is Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month. The goal is to provide firefighters the tools and guidance to develop life-saving protocols for cancer prevention, as well as support those with a cancer diagnosis. At CSPFD we are too familiar with cancer among our ranks and sadly, on January 12th we lost Firefighter/Paramedic Nate Leonard after a two-year battle with the disease. We have taken numerous steps and implemented protocols to best protect the members of our department, this was exemplified in the Emmy winning video – Our Story.
Public education remains a top priority for our department. Although we are here to respond to your emergencies, it’s paramount that we provide education and information to prevent emergencies from happening in the first place. In the month of January, our department is focused on encouraging our residents to keep bedroom doors closed to prevent the spread of fire and smoke. In the month of February, we will focus on CPR, and in March we will focus on Poison Prevention. I encourage you to follow our social platforms to stay informed and learn more (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
It is important to empower the public to help save lives through the use of CPR. CPR has saved countless lives and by learning how to use it, you can too. Through the Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety (CSRIPS) you can attend training for CPR, Stop the Bleed, and Automated External Defibrillator use. To learn more about these classes, visit www.CSRIPS.org or www.911CPR.org. Once trained, download the PulsePoint app through iOS or Android. In the event a person needs CPR near your vicinity, you can be alerted to assist in saving a life.
Already, we are working toward our budget process for fiscal year 2023. All of our efforts are guided by our strategic plan and plans for the future. This ensures we are a sustainable organization that provides the highest level of service to our residents and businesses. This is a true collaborative effort with Local Union 3080, the Coral Springs Professional Firefighters Benevolent and command staff.
I am incredibly proud to lead the CSPFD and look forward to a successful year serving the cities of Coral Springs and Parkland.
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