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On Monday, February 26, the City of Coppell Fire Department was awarded the Texas Fire Chiefs' Association 2017 Safety Award for Life Safety Park. In addition, the department – jointly with Carrollton Fire Rescue, the Addison Fire Department and the Farmers Branch Fire Department – won the 2017 Lone Star Achievement Award.
The Texas Fire Chief Safety Award was presented to Life Safety Park for significant safety achievements. Life Safety Park, which opened in 2017, is a 15,000-square foot multi-building facility, which has a rooted mission of combining the community education directives of the fire department, police department, and other life safety aspects into one location.
"Life Safety Park proves the City and Fire Department's commitment to life safety through public education," said Chief Kevin Richardson.
Life Safety Park's main building contains classroom space, a fire equipment museum, and the City's Emergency Operations Center. The four remaining buildings on the campus comprise "Safety Town," which includes an interactive house for home safety education, additional multipurpose classroom space, a public safety building with permanent fire and police apparatus, and a storage building.
The Lone Star Achievement Award was jointly given for the Quad Cities' (including Coppell, Carrollton, Addison and Farmers Branch) regional initiatives. In 2017, the four cities combined resources in order to improve overall service delivery for all agencies. This regional collaboration resulted in a joint fire training facility, a joint dispatch center, and a new public radio system.
"The joint training facility provides us the ability to train in a state-of-the-art facility to increase the knowledge, ability, and teamwork of the department, which directly increases firefighter safety and injury prevention and allows us to better serve our citizens. The coordination between the four cities proves the departments' dedication to protecting the lives of both citizens and firefighters," Richardson said.