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10 New Firefighter/Paramedics Hit the Road

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After an intense two month in-service training program, 10 new firefighter/paramedics will hit the streets of Coral Springs and Parkland to begin the next phase of their careers. The Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department (CSPFD) Training Division ran the new members through a rigorous training regiment to include all aspects of firefighting and emergency medical services. The new FF/PM's have now had a great foundation to be able to move to the next phase of their training; the Field Training Officer (FTO) Program. This next phase will have them "shadowing" an experienced and seasoned FTO for their one-year probationary period. Once certain skills and a comfort level achieved, the member will be able to work on their own and be counted as an official member for the purposes of the minimum staffing.

Fire Chief Michael McNally said of the new members, "This is a great group of men and women and I am excited to see them flourish in their new career. We will provide them all of the tools and knowledge they need to become successful".

The new members will be shadowing for the next two weeks on various units until they are assigned their FTO's for permanent training rotations.

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MICHAEL MOSERCorrespondent

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