By Sharon Aron Baron
Coral Springs City Manager Frank A. Babinec has been selected to receive the Florida Fire Chiefs Association (FFCA) Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in Firefighter Safety and Health.
In an announcement from the city, the award recognizes Babinec’s dedication to safety and health for those in the fire service and EMS, as well as for his exceptional leadership of the FFCA Section for Safety and Health.
Under Babinec’s leadership, the Safety and Health Committee’s exponential growth resulted in it being expanded to a statewide Safety and Health Section within the FFCA hierarchy.
Babinec gained consensus amongst committee members to focus on cancer prevention, mental wellness, overall firefighter safety, and physical fitness. As a testament to his dedication and commitment, Babinec reached out to every Fire Department in the state of Florida to explain the mission of the committee and garner participation.
He has also dedicated countless hours to the Clean Cab Concept, cancer prevention, mental health, and the physical wellness of those in the fire service. As chair of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association Safety and Health Committee, he strengthened their mission and bridged the missions of the collaborative and association.
FFCA Executive Director Ray Colburn said Frank Babinec lives and breathes firefighter safety and health.
“As a Fire Chief and Committee Chair, he has done great things to protect the men and women who serve our communities. I look forward to honoring his contributions in front of his peers during the 2020 FFCA Health & Safety Conference in December 2020.”
“Frank’s contributions extend beyond our city and have had a tremendous impact on the physical and mental wellness of firefighters on a national level, said Coral Springs, Mayor Scott Brook. “His leadership and direction on countless initiatives have changed the stigma of mental health and led to the development of outlets and resources for our fire and EMS personnel.”
Babinec has created programs that strive to ensure that every fire and EMS service member has the resources needed to maintain mental and physical health during their career and throughout retirement.
In honor of his achievements and remarkable leadership, the award will now be known as The Frank A. Babinec Lifetime Achievement Award in Firefighter Safety and Health – and will be presented annually to leaders like Frank Babinec, who are committed to improving the fire service for its members.
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