CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Deputy Chief Michael McNally will be the new chief of the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department, which has 400 personnel and responds to about 16,000 calls for service each year, city officials said Monday.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected to lead one of the most professional departments in the nation,” McNally said in a news release. “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.”
McNally has overseen the department since former chief Frank Babinec became the city manager in November. The department's personnel include: nine full-time fire administrative staff, 147 shift personnel, five fire academy administrative staff, 10 full-time fire community risk reduction staff, 100 emergency service instructors, and 100 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members.
The selection of McNally to serve as fire chief comes after five internal candidates completed an interview process.
“I am extremely proud of each of the candidates who exemplified leadership and commitment through the interview process,” Babinec said in a news release. “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 began his career with the department 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 Coconut Creek, as a law enforcement officer and firefighter. He returned to Coral Springs in 2004 as a lieutenant, 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.
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 the day-to-day operations of the academy in 2011.
In addition, 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. 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.