From Chief Michael McNally:
Happy New Year! The fire department is excited about 2023 as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the City of Coral Springs. We continue to work daily to ensure that the department members are equipped and trained to handle each emergency and non-emergency call for service.
It’s winter in Florida! Let’s enjoy those cool nights safely. If you are using a space heater, I urge you to do it safely. Establish a three-foot kid and pet-free zone around the heater, and never put a heater inside a child’s room. Keep your space heater at least three feet away from combustible materials, and make sure you turn the heater off when you go to bed or leave the room.
January is Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month. At the International Association Fire Fighters Fallen Firefighter Memorial in 2022, almost 75% of the names added to the wall had passed away from occupational cancer. On January 12, it will be one year since Firefighter-Paramedic James “Nate” Leonard died from occupational cancer and over six years since Driver Engineer Paul Pietrafesa died. Our department is constantly learning, improving, and changing policies to help protect our members from acquiring occupational-related cancer.
We are teaming up with the Coral Springs Police Department and kicking off the year with Safety Town. Safety Town is a nationally recognized program for children ages 4-6. Located at Kiwanis Park, the program has been in place for over 30 years. Each year, kindergarten students in the City of Coral Springs attend an educational field trip coordinated by the police department to Safety Town, where they learn important and valuable lessons about fire and personal safety.
February is American Heart Month, and we want to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and what you can do to prevent it. In America, one in every three deaths is related to cardiovascular disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Cardiovascular disease does not just impact older adults, as data has shown.
The community can play a significant role in the positive outcomes of cardiac arrest. The Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety provides training in CPR, Automated External Defibrillators (AED), and Stop the Bleed. For certifications, visit csrips.org or 911cpr.org. You can subscribe to PulsePoint notifications and be alerted through the free mobile app when a person requires CPR nearby and help find the closest AED to your location. For more information, please go to pulsepoint.org. For additional information, call 954-346-1774.
Finally, remember March 12 is Daylight saving time! You know what that means- it’s time to change your smoke detector batteries!
Fire Chief Michael McNally
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