Coral Springs Honored With 2022 FMIT Partnership Award
Published on November 03, 2022
CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The City of Coral Springs was presented with the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust (FMIT) Partnership Innovation award administrated by the Florida League of Cities (FLC) at the City Commission Meeting on Wednesday, November 2 at City Hall (9500 W Sample Rd.)
This award was designed to recognize FLC members' successful insurance processes, risk management efforts and other proactive measures that improve the quality of life in their community and working environment. The Innovation Award recognizes creative processes that turn problems into progress, reduce costs, and keep staff and the community safe. Coral Springs received this recognition for implementing a city-wide Safety, Health, and Wellness Program.
Of the program, City Manager Frank Babinec said, “The goal is to focus on nine key areas to provide a total worker health approach to include cancer prevention, health and fitness, physical wellness, mental wellness, workplace safety and health, employee case management, risk reduction, injury prevention and training. The multi-disciplined team approach provides our city with a unique ability to effectively view safety, health, and wellness as a comprehensive package that benefits our employees while reducing costs. This recognition really showcases its impact and value.”
Engaging in a career as a first responder continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations due to the inherent risks, physical dangers, and both physical and mental health exposures when responding to emergencies. That is why the City of Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Dept formed the Safety, Health and Wellness Committee in 2015 and further incorporated a dedicated Safety, Health and Wellness Chief in 2019 to focus on this initiative and further develop a comprehensive Safety Health and Wellness Program.
Seeing the need during the COVID-19 outbreak for enhanced safety, health and wellness services for all employees within the governmental structure, these programs and resources were expanded to all the city’s fire, police and general employees under one Safety, Health & Wellness umbrella. The newly created team now has dedicated, full-time Safety Officers for police, fire and for general employees. They work together to reduce risks and exposures to our employees and their families and believe strongly in its mission: “Live Well, Work Well.”
Coral Springs will be publicly recognized on the FMIT website, in the FLC's Quality Cities Magazine, and at the FMIT booth in the Exhibit Hall at the FLC Annual Conference. Awards will be presented at council meetings, regional league meetings, or FLC Annual Conference breakfast events.