Miami Fire-Rescue Department

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Miami Fire-Rescue Department
"Excellence through Service"
Operational Area
Country  United States
State  Florida
City Miami
Agency Overview[1]
Established July 17, 1898
Annual calls 96,100 (2013)
Employees 783 (2014)
Annual budget $121,122,600 (2014)
Staffing Career
Fire chief Maurice Kemp
IAFF 587
Facilities & Equipment[2]
Battalions 3
Stations 14
Engines 10
Tower Ladders 3
Quints 3
Rescues 1
Ambulances 24
Official website
IAFF website
Not to be confused with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department.

The Miami Fire-Rescue Department, also referred to as the City of Miami Department of Fire-Rescue, provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the city of Miami, Florida. The department is notable for being the first in the nation to equip all apparatus with two-way radios as well as being the first to use fog nozzles.[3]


The Miami Fire-Rescue Department was formally created on July 17, 1898 when five men gathered in a Miami bar to remedy, what they saw as, the outrageous cost of fire insurance in the city.[4] At the time, the premiums in Miami were the highest in the nation, with annual rates at eight percent of a structure’s value. This was largely due to the fact that the city, constructed of all wood, had no fire service. In an effort to reduce the cost of insurance, the men agreed to form the volunteer Miami Fire-Rescue Department.[4]

In June of 1969, the department became the first in the United States to successfully revive a patient in the field through defibrillation.[4] By using radio transmission of an EKG, as well as radio contact with doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami School of Medicine, the firefighters were able to administer a shock to the patient who was revived from a lifeless state. Three years later, the department became the first in the nation to use military anti-shock trousers (MAST), inflatable pants that force blood from the legs of a patient in hemorrhagic shock to the more vital regions of the body.[4]

USAR Task Force 2[edit]

The Miami Fire-Rescue Department is the sponsoring agency for USAR Task Force 2, one of the two FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces in the state of Florida.[5] The task force is a 210 member organization deploying teams of seventy rescue workers, search dogs, physicians and structural engineers who travel with 50,000 pounds (23,000 kg) of equipment to assist in major disasters.[6] Some of their notable deployments include Hurricane Opal (1995), Hurricane Katrina (2005) and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[7]

Stations & Apparatus[edit]

City Engine EMS Truck Other
1 144 N.E. 5th St Rescue 1
Rescue 21
Aerial 1 Battalion 1, HazMat 1
2 1901 N. Miami Ave Engine 2 Rescue 2
Rescue 22
3 1103 N.W. 7th St Engine 3 Rescue 3
4 1105 S.W. 2nd Ave Engine 4 Rescue 4
Rescue 24
Aerial 4
5 1200 N.W. 20th St Engine 5 Rescue 5
Rescue 25
Aerial 5 Dive Team
6 701 N.W. 36th St Engine 6 Rescue 6
Rescue 26
Heavy Rescue, Battalion 2
7 314 Beacom Blvd Engine 7 Rescue 7
Rescue 27
Battalion 3
8 2975 Oak Ave Engine 8 Rescue 8
Rescue 28
Quint 8
9 69 N.E. 62 St Engine 9 Rescue 9
Rescue 29
Quint 9
10 4101 N.W. 7th St Rescue 10
Rescue 20
Quint 10
11 5920 W. Flagler St Engine 11 Rescue 11
12 1455 N.W. 46th St Engine 12 Rescue 12
Rescue 30
13 8260 N.E. 2nd Ave Rescue 13
14 2111 S.W. 19th St Rescue 14


  1. ^ "Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2013-14". City of Miami. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Statistics". Miami Fire-Rescue Department. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "A few firsts.". Miami Fire-Rescue Department. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Our History". Miami Fire-Rescue Department. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Task Force Locations". FEMA. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "About Us". FL-TF2. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Deployment History". FL-TF2. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°46′43.43″N 80°11′28.59″W / 25.7787306°N 80.1912750°W / 25.7787306; -80.1912750