By: Sharon Aron Baron
Coral Springs City Manager Frank Babinec announced the selection of the new Fire Chief for the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department.
On Monday, Babinec selected Chief Michael McNally to serve the fire department. McNally began his career as a Fire Explorer in 1989 and went on to become a volunteer in 1993. He left the department for a short period to pursue a career in Public Safety with the City of Coconut Creek, as a law enforcement officer and firefighter. He returned to Coral Springs in 2004 as a Lieutenant, where he was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2009, Chief of Training in 2011, and in 2014 became the department’s, Deputy Fire Chief. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Thomas University.
Chief McNally has served as an instructor at the Coral Springs Fire Academy since 2002, teaching minimum standards, Drive Engineer, Technical Rescue, and Leadership Development. He took over day to day operations of the Academy in 2011.
The selection of McNally to serve as Fire Chief comes after five internal candidates completed a comprehensive interview process.
“I am extremely proud of each of the candidates who exemplified leadership and commitment through the interview process,” said City Manager Babinec. “I have great confidence in Chief McNally and know he will do an outstanding job in his new role leading the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department.”
McNally holds both Chief Training Officer designation and Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and will begin the Executive Fire Officer program later this year. Chief McNally has also been a Rescue Team Manager with FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Florida Task Force 2. In his role as Deputy Fire Chief, McNally has overseen Professional Standards and Training, as well as the Community Risk Reduction Division.
Of his new role leading the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department, Chief McNally says, “I am humbled and honored to be selected to lead one of the most professional departments in the nation. In working with command staff, I plan to ensure our organization continues on the path of leadership in providing the highest level of public safety service.”