A Message from Fire Chief McNally

Published on June 29, 2023

Headshot of Fire Chief Michael McNally

This summer, we are excited to introduce our AEDs in the Parks – using American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds, the city is installing emergency alerting and access poles in select city parks and facilities. These installations contain an AED, a Stop the Bleed kit, and the ability to call 911 for emergencies.

Having the ability to save a life is an amazing gift. I encourage you to learn basic life support skills, automated external defibrillator (AED), CPR, and Stop the Bleed techniques. These skills can be certified through our Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety (CSRIPS). For a list of available courses, visit www.911cpr.org.   

The hottest months of the year are upon us. Be sure to stay hydrated and never leave a child or pet in the closed car. I also want to emphasize water safety awareness and remind parents to designate someone to be a water watcher when children swim or play near water. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4, and a drowning incident can occur in as little as a few minutes.

Each Fourth of July, thousands of people are injured using fireworks. Fireworks have caused serious burns, fires, property damage, disfigurement, and death. The safest way to enjoy the Fourth of July is to attend the Coral Springs Fourth of July Celebration at Mullins Park on Tuesday, July 4, at 5 p.m. Event goers can enjoy fireworks, food trucks, live music, activities for kids, and more. The event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m., with fireworks set for 8:45 p.m.

With summer, comes hurricane season, and being prepared is crucial to staying safe. If you or a family member has unique medical needs, I encourage you to join our Community Paramedic Program and learn more about Broward County’s Special Population Database. The Community Paramedic program places a specially trained and experienced paramedic to conduct house visits to patients who have used the emergency 911 system as a primary source of healthcare. The county’s registry allows people who are disabled, frail or have health issues to register in advance so that emergency workers may plan a better response to vulnerable residents in a recovery effort following a hurricane or other emergency. For more information about Hurricane Preparedness, visit CoralSprings.gov/Hurricane.

In September, we recognize National Suicide Awareness Month. Suicide is a national issue that impacts many lives. It’s important to know that suicide is preventable. Local resources can be found on the city’s website.

I am beyond proud of the men and women who serve in the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department, providing 24/7, emergency and non-emergency service to Coral Springs and Parkland communities. Providing service to more than 38 square miles and a combined population of more than 165,000. To learn more about your fire department, visit www.CoralSprings.gov/fire. Please feel free to reach out to us at csfd@coralsprings.gov if you have any questions or concerns.

I encourage you to follow our social media platforms to stay informed and learn more @CoralSpringsFD.

Stay safe, take care of yourself and others, and seek help if you need it.