Chief of Training
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Assistant Chief of Training
Battalion Chief Mike Caldaro has been in the Fire Rescue service since 1982. He has been affiliated with the Coral Springs Fire Department since 1993 and is currently assigned to the Coral Springs Fire Academy as the Assistant Chief of Training. He has been a Fire Service instructor since 1998 and currently serves as the EMS Program Director. Chief Caldaro also is an instructor for Minimum Standards as well as being the Lead Instructor for Driver Engineer and Aerial Apparatus Operations training. Chief Caldaro has an AS degree in Fire Science from BCC and a BS degree in Organizational Leadership from St.Thomas University. His other achievements include: Fire Inspector, Paramedic, Urban Search and Rescue Specialist assigned to USAR Florida Task Force Two. Chief Caldaro has been deployed 4 times with USAR Task Force 2; those missions include Hurricane Katrina (twice), Hurricane Ike and to Haiti in January, 2010 where they were able to save 7 lives following the devastating earthquake.
Hector Corona is a Battalion Chief with the City of Margate Fire Department with over 26 years of experience. He holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science, State Certified Fire Officer I, State Certified Fire Service Instructor I, Live Fire Instructor I and has been a fire service instructor and Vehicle and Machinery Extrication instructor for over 13 years. He is currently a Lead Instructor with the academy. He has been an instrumental part in approximately 10 of the many classes that have received a 100 percent passing score on the state test. He has taught VMR throughout the country and in Puerto Rico. He was also one of the lead instructors that worked with the Department of Defense in preparing the U.S. Army is USAR operations.
He is extremely passionate about the fire service and has dedicated his life into making sure the fire service is safer and that the traditions of the fire service are always respected and honored.
John Pluchino is a Captain with the City of Coral Springs Fire Department. An accomplished station officer, which includes 24 years of increasing responsibility in Fire and Rescue services. Captain Pluchino routinely steps-up as Battalion Chief. He holds an Associates Degree, a Fire Instructor II certification, a Live Fire Training Instructor I Certification and has been a fire service instructor since 2006. Captain Pluchino is currently a Lead Instructor with the Academy.
Joe Russoniello is a Captain with the City of Coral Springs Fire Department and has been with the CSFD since 1992. He holds an Associates Degree, a Live Fire Instructor II Certification and has been a fire service instructor since 2001. Captain Russoniello is currently a Lead Instructor with the Academy as well as the Burn Master for the Coral Springs Fire Academy. He has instructed the Driver Engineer Program, Minimum Standards Class and the Aerial Apparatus Operator class.
Captain Russoniello is also a member of the Florida Task Force (Urban Search and Rescue) assigned in Miami where he subsequently instructed Tech Search Operations for new members. He was deployed to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. For four weeks he and fellow Task Force members searched flooded and demolished homes for survivors. Captain Russoniello was deployed to Haiti in January, 2010 with the USAR team where they were able to save 7 lives following the devastating earthquake.
Other accomplishments have included receiving the Administrative Commendation for new recruit training, and developing the “Wall Breaching Program” which was honored by the State of Florida and put into practice as part of their Continuing Education Unit Program. Additionally, he has instructed four Minimum Standards classes that have achieved a 100% score.
Kevin Sullivan has been employed by the Coral Springs fire department since the year 2000. He has held every position up to and including the position of Captain. Captain Sullivan Graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. He attended the University of Florida majoring in Animal Science. At this time he enrolled at the University of Florida for a degree in Fire and Emergency Services. Captain Sullivan has been teaching EMS since 2003. He was a lead EMT instructor at FMTI prior to working for the Coral Springs Fire Academy. Instructor Sullivan has been a Lead Instructor for the Coral Springs Fire Academy EMT program since 2008. He is very passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge with his students.
Chief Whalen has been in the Fire service since 1993 and in that time has held nearly every position including EMS director and Special Operations division head. Chief Whalen holds multiple degrees related to the Fire and Emergency Medical Services programs. Chief Whalen has been an instructor at the Coral Springs Fire Academy since 2000 and helped develop the Emergency Medical Technician Program for the Coral Springs Fire Academy. Chief Whalen is currently the Lead Instructor for the EMT-B day class. Chief Whalen is currently assigned to the Charlie Shift and holds certifications in multiple disciplines including Hazardous Materials Technician, Dive Rescue Specialist and is assigned as a SWAT Medic for the Coral Springs Police Department. Chief Whalen served as the team leader for multiple competitive Advanced Life Support Competition teams and has garnered several national awards. Chief Whalen was recently promoted from Captain to Assistant Chief of the Coral Springs Fire Department.