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New Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Chief Named

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A new chief will soon take the helm at the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department. Deputy Chief John Whalen will replace current Fire Chief Michael McNally, who previously announced his plans for retirement. Whalen will be formally sworn in during a Transfer of Command Ceremony Friday, June 28, Coral Springs city officials said. Whalen has been in the fire service since 1993 and has held nearly every position in the fire service including EMS Division Chief and Special Operations Chief.  Whalen, who holds multiple degrees related to the fire service and emergency medical services programs, has been an instructor at the Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety since 2000 and was an integral part of the creation of the EMS programs. He was selected by former Fire Chief Frank Babinec to be interim fire chief in December 2019, when Babinec began his role as city manager. He was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief in February 2020. Whalen is the co-chair of the sub-committee for Safety and Health for the Fire Chiefs Association of Broward County, as well as the chair of the State Section on Safety and Health for the Florida Fire Chiefs Association. He has won numerous awards, including the Florida Fire Chiefs Association Paramedic of the Year, Chief officer of the year for Broward County and the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Sandy Davis Safety Officer of the Year. He is also the only person to have won the CSPFD Medal of Valor.


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