CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The city honored Wednesday the producers of the Emmy-award winning “Our Story,” a city-made documentary on Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department’s efforts to reduce cancer among firefighters.
The documentary showed how the department created healthy and safe environments in fire trucks and other equipment to reduce the exposure of firefighters and paramedics to contaminates found in the work they do daily. The concept is known as “clean cab.” It was spearheaded by the department’s Capt. Chris Bator.
“’Our Story’ exemplifies the passion of Captain Chris Bator to improve the health and well-being of first responders not only locally, but nationally,” City Manager Frank Babinec said. “Bator’s efforts, along with the participation of our department members, and the creativity of our senior videographer, Ryan Himmel, led to a powerful piece that is changing how others approach the cancer epidemic in the fire industry.”
At the monthly City Commission meetings, Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook and Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky said the documentary shed light on the department’s many innovations.
“You are always on the cutting-edge of things that need to be done” in fire service, Hunschofsky said. “You are amazing role models.”
Also, at the meeting, the city officially named Deputy Chief Michael McNally as 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.