Coral Springs City Manager Receives Statewide Honor
By MICHAEL MOSER, Correspondent | October 08, 2020 | FLORIDA
Story No. 100820108
Photo by City of Coral Springs Communications and Marketing Coral Springs City Manager Frank Babinec
Coral Springs, FL – We are honored to announce that 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. The award recognizes his unwavering dedication to safety and health for those in the fire service and EMS and for his exceptional leadership of the FFCA Section for Safety and Health.
In honor of his achievements and remarkable leadership, this award will forever 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.
Under Babinec’s leadership, the exponential growth of the Safety and Health Committee 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 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.
Babinec has 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.
“Frank Babinec lives and breathes firefighter safety and health,” said FFCA Executive Director Ray Colburn. Adding, “After meeting with Frank, I immediately knew he was the right leader to reenergize the FFCA’s Firefighter Safety and Health Committee. 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.”
Upon learning of the recognition, Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook said, “Frank’s contributions extend beyond our city and has had a tremendous impact on the physical and mental wellness of firefighters on a national level. His leadership and direction on countless initiatives has changed the stigma of mental health and led to the development of outlets and resources for our fire and EMS personnel. I speak on behalf of my fellow Commission in saying Coral Springs is fortunate to have such an exceptional and caring City Manager, who never rests on his laurels and always looks for ways to improve.”
Babinec has created programs that strive to ensure that every member of the fire and EMS services have the resources needed to maintain mental and physical health during their career, and throughout retirement.
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