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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!

Coral Springs CERT Academy Info Session

Want to learn how to help yourself, your family and your community in time of need? The Coral Springs Parkland Community Emergency Response Team, (CERT) is hosting a virtual information session on FREE training available to the community. Training topics include: First Aid Disaster Preparedness Fire Safety Search and Rescue Triage Disaster Psycholo...
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New Academy Class Starting Soon

Do you live in Coral Springs / Parkland? Want to serve your community when they need you most, while also learning great life saving skills? Join our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Our next Basic Training Course will be offered this fall. Interested? Complete the Team Application: https://www.coralspringscert.org/index.php/register/join-...
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Great turnout for the 4th of July Celebration.

This Sunday, July 4  Cert Participated in the cities fourth of July celebration. the event included  a water splash zone run operated by the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department, a community cornhole area, and a game zone and music by DJ Reré and emcee Andres. We were giving out info on Cert and issuing arm bands to the S...
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Early Morning Fire.

 Coral Springs Parkland Fire department responded to an early morning fire today in Northeast Coral Springs. CERT volunteers were there to provide support and water to the firefighters. One of the best ways to give back to your community is to volunteer for CERT or one of the many other organizations within our city.
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Join us for Parkland Night out.

We would like you to join us at Parkland Night Out. The date is Monday, August 2 nd . The event will be from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Amphitheater at Pine Trails Park . In addition to the community being able to meet the SROs (School Resource Officers), this event showcases police and fire emergency services in honor of National Night Out with disp...
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Coral Springs-Parkland CERT Members Conduct Triage Exercise

Coral Springs-Parkland CERT members focused the April training on a Triage exercise to  hone skills that may help save lives. Coral Springs-Parkland CERT conducts monthly training to help when an emergency strikes.  
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Coral Springs-Parkland CERT Members Help Raise Funds For American Heart Association.

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Program Chief Transition

On Monday, February 22, 2021, the Coral Springs / Parkland CERT Team officially transitioned the Program Chief role from Mike DiTocco to Joseph Chalom. The ceremony was officiated by Fire Chief Michael McNally, Deputy Fire Chief Mike Moser, Fire Marshall Bruce Bowers, and Deputy Fire Chief John Whalen. Mike DiTocco had served exceptionally in the r...
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Relay for Life 2018

Please join us along with students and staff from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Event. We will be joining the City of Parkland, and standing strong with MSDHS. The students, parents and staff of this amazing school are in agreement that they wish to carry on this event and want to lead the "Sur...
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Our CERT Community

It has been a very rough week for so many in our community.  Our hearts go out to the many, many families affected by the February 14 th tragedy.  For any CERT member, or their family members, from any of the teams that responded with us (whether you were on scene or not), if you need to speak to someone about this unspeakable tragedy, pl...
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Ramblewood Fire

Ramblewood Fire
At 1:33 pm today the Canteen was activated for a structure fire on Ramblewood Drive. With the heat index in triple digits it was a brutal day to be out there. Of course we had plenty of ice cold water, cooling chairs and cold towels to get our firefighters through the day. We were just about running out of ice when we broke down around 5pm. Thanks ...
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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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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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Steve Mitchell
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 t...
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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 t...
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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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