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Coral Springs CERT Pulse

CERT Pulse is your source for all things related to our Coral Springs CERT team. Articles below are in descending date order but feel free to use the navigation bar below to quickly find articles by category, author, tag, date or full keyword search. You can also subscribe so you are notified by email whenever there is a new article posted. If you like a particular article feel free to share it on your social media via the included buttons in the article. Thanks for visiting!

Code Red at JP Taravella High School

Code Red at JP Taravella High School
This morning at approximately 7:30am Taravella went into Code Red Lockdown after a report of shots fired. Coral Springs PD/FD as well as several mutual aid agencies jumped into action to what was thought to possibly be an active shooter situation. Tensions were high as there was a threat of gun violence to the school via social media a few days ago...
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Guest — Hank Rocker
Steve, very well written and good job handling a tight situation today! Kudos from your brothers and sisters at Margate CERT!
Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:36
Steve Mitchell
Thank you Hank.
Friday, 19 May 2017 10:17

Missing Child Search 03-15-17

Missing Child Search 03-15-17
At 11:05pm on March 15, 2017 the Coral Springs/Parkland CERT team was called upon to assist the CSPD in the search for a 9 year old boy. Over a dozen members from the team responded to the command post to receive their assignments for searching. The team spent 3 hours along with the CSPD, Papa Unit (Helicopter) and Bloodhound until the CSPD called ...
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Family Fun Day and Car Show

Our award winning team was out in the community today at the Coral Springs Family Fun Day and Car Show. It was an exciting and packed event full of activities and demos for the entire family. We did some public education including showing dozens of people how to do 'hands only' CPR, making our community a safer place. We talked to many people ...
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Frank Spangler
This was my first time out with "CERT" to show and explain what we are all about. We had a very good number of interested attendee... Read More
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 14:00

Coral Springs/Parkland CERT Named Florida CERT Team of the Year

On Saturday, August 27, 2016, Coral Springs/Parkland CERT was chosen as the 2016 Florida CERT Association CERT Team of the Year at the annual Florida CERT Association Conference Awards dinner.Coral Springs/Parkland CERT has been one of the preeminent teams in South Florida for over 13 years. Its success can be attributed to its strong leadership te...
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Sara Fernandez
We are proud to be members of the Coral Springs community and even PROUDER that the leadership and dedication of the CERT members... Read More
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 05:33

Steve Mitchell Named Florida CERT Association CERT Member of the Year

On Saturday, August 27, 2016, Steve Mitchell was chosen as the 2016 Florida CERT Association CERT Member of the Year at the annual Florida CERT Association Conference Awards dinner. Steve has made a number of contributions to the team over the years, and this award is a reflection of his efforts.When it comes to volunteerism and CERT, Steve's is th...
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Sara Fernandez
Hip Hip Hurrah! Well done Steve! and VERY well deserved! Individuals like Steve Mitchell transform a bunch of people that happen... Read More
Sunday, 28 August 2016 02:07
Steve Mitchell
Thanks for the kind words Sara.
Monday, 29 August 2016 14:24

Hazmat and Fire Activations

Hazmat and Fire Activations

Our team was busy on Tuesday July 26th. At 11:55am the Canteen was activated for a commercial gas leak at the Walmart shopping center on Coral Ridge Drive North of the Sawgrass Expressway. We had a few members respond to provide hydration. The leak was capped fairly quickly.

At 2:54pm the same day the Canteen was activated for mutual aid at a residential structure fire in Margate. The Canteen and several team members responded to this call. We assisted Margate CERT in providing hydration and rehab. According to news sources the fire started in the garage with a model airplane and was fed by extra jet fuel stored nearby in the garage. You can view some photos in our Photo Gallery or see a video here. We understand the Margate Fire Chief sent our Chief a note of thanks mentioning how professional and efficient our team was.

Thanks to all the CERT members that responded to these two back to back activations.

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Residential Structure Fire - Parkland / Watercrest

Residential Structure Fire - Parkland / Watercrest
On July 11, 2016 at 6:02pm the Coral Springs/Parkland CERT team was activated for a residential structure fire at 8690 Watercrest Circle West in the Watercrest community in Parkland. The call came in as heavy black smoke being reported. Rescue 109 being right outside the neighborhood and first on scene confirmed the smoke and declared a working fir...
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Missing Person Activation

At 12:21pm on May 23rd 2016 the team was activated to search for an elderly male with dementia. Team members met at the staging area setup at the Shell station at Sample and Riverside. Several search teams of two were put together and sent out to search specific areas of the city as given by Police and Fire command. The Margate CERT team was called for mutual aid as there was suspicion he had walked South into Margate. A few hours later he was found in the South part of the City off of Coral Springs Drive and returned home safely. Thanks to all the members that came out to do the search.

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Lynne Johnson Award

Coral Springs CERT recently received an honorable mention for the 2016 Lynne Johnson Award for outstanding Volunteerism in the category of Enhancing City Services. Mayor Skip Campbell and Vice Mayor Dan Daley recognized CERT for their tireless efforts and support of the Coral Springs - Parkland Fire Department and the Coral Springs Police Departmen...
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CERT Activated to Assist with Care of Students After Bomb Threat

CERT responded to Kiwanis Park in Coral Springs to assist with the care of students that were evacuated from Ramblewood Middle School on Thursday, February 18, 2016. A bomb threat was called in to the school at approximately 10:45. Officials evacuated the school to Kiwanis Park, behind Station 64 on Ramblewood Drive. When officials recognized that the evacuation would last for at least a couple of hours, they requested CERT to respond to assist with the distribution of water to the students. Just after 1:30 the all clear was given and the students were allowed back into the school.

Special thanks to Captain Ralph Troino, and members of the inspections division, as well as all of the firefighters from station 64 for their assistance on scene. Their help is very much appreciated!
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Residential Structure Fire - 5314 NW 87th Way

On December 29, 2015, the CERT canteen was activated for a working fire at 5314 NW 87th Way.A resident reported heavy black smoke coming from the house across the canal.  A few minutes later dispatch started receiving multiple calls from other residents in the neighborhood.  They were eventually able to identify the correct address.&...
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Saturday, 28 May 2016 10:58

Commercial Structure Fire - 10100 NW 35th Street

On December 14, 2015, the CERT canteen was activated for a working fire at 10100 NW 35th Street. A fire was reported in an apartment building on 35th Street. Chief Babinec was first on scene and reported smoke and flames showing from a second floor apartment. He declared a working fire. Just prior to our arrival he requested a second alarm assignme...
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Safety Monitoring at Park Summit

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Our team has been asked to provide building monitoring / safety patrol at Park Summit from Midnight Nov 4 thru 4am Nov 5. Workers will be shutting down all power to the complex while they perform electrical equipment maintenance.

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Vietnam Moving Wall

Coral Springs CERT with assistance from our neighbor Margate CERT ran a first aid tent at the Vietnam Moving Wall event from 10-23-15 to 10-25-15.
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