Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department
Department Motto"Always Ready, Proud To Serve"
|Annual calls||283,572 (2015)|
|Fire chief||David Downey|
|Facilities and equipment|
|Light and air||1|
The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (MDFR) provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the unincorporated parts of Miami-Dade County, Florida along with 30 municipalities located within the county. In all the department is responsible for 1,883 square miles (4,880 km2) of land.
The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) Air Rescue Bureau provides regional air medical services, search and rescue, aerial firefighting and tactical support to MDFR operations, to those of local municipalities and government agencies at the state and federal level.
MDFR helicopters transport severely injured trauma patients to state approved Level I trauma centers. Flight crews are trained in additional tactical disciplines necessary to deploy personnel and equipment in search and rescue missions, firefighting operations and reconnaissance on large incidents such as wildland fires and catastrophic events.
Air Rescue operates four Bell Helicopter 412s (BH 412 EPs). Each aircraft is equipped with the following:
- Patient loading systems normally configured allow the transport of two critical-care patients, with the option to reconfigure for up to six patients in Mass Casualty Incidents (MCIs).
- An external hoist for helicopter-borne rescues.
- An external high-power searchlight, "The Night Sun," is used for night operations.
- MCI Command and Control suitable radio suite.
- Night Vision Goggle compatible lighting.
During the dry season, each aircraft can be configured with a Bambi Bucket for firefighting / water-operations.
Urban Search And Rescue (USAR)
The Miami-Dade Fire Department is the founding member of one of Florida's two FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. Florida Task Force 1 (FL-TF1) is available to respond to natural or man-made disasters around the county and world and assist with search and rescue, medical support, damage assessment and communications.
In the early 1980s two fire departments, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (at that time known as Metro-Dade Fire Rescue) and the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, operated under an agreement with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the U.S. State Department to provide international search and rescue assistance in times of disaster. During these early years, assistance was provided to the countries of Mexico, Philippines and Soviet Armenia.
In 1991, FEMA incorporated a US&R team concept into a federal response plan. Over 20 teams were geographically chosen throughout the country, with local public safety departments as sponsoring agencies. Today, under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) there are 28 national task forces staffed and equipped to provide 24-hour search and rescue operations following earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and other natural or human-caused disasters.
- Earthquakes 1985 Mexico City 1986 El Salvador 1988 Armenia 1990 Philippines 1997 Venezuela 1999 Colombia 1999 Turkey 1999 Taiwan 2010 Haiti
- Hurricanes / Weather Disasters 1988 Gilbert, Jamaica 1989 Hugo, Eastern Caribbean 1992 Andrew, Miami 1995 Luis, Caribbean 1995 Marilyn, Caribbean 1995 Opal, North Florida 2000 Belize 2004 Charley, Charlotte County, Florida 2005 Katrina, New Orleans, Louisiana 2008 Gustav, Texas 2008 Ike, Miami-Dade County, Florida
- Flooding/Weather Disasters 2000 Mozambique
- Building Explosions 1995 Oklahoma City 1996 Columbo, Sri Lanka 1996 Puerto Rico 2001 Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 2001 World Trade Center, New York
- Airplane Crash 1995-96 Buga, Colombia 1996 ValuJet Crash, Florida
- Communications Support 1989 Romania 1991 Northern Iraq & Turkey 1994 Rwanda 1994 Haiti 1995 Montserrat 1995 Sierra Leone 1996 Bosnia 1998 Nairobi, Kenya
- Building Collapse 2007 Barbados, 2012 Doral, FL
Stations and Apparatus
The MDFR has 68 stations split up in 14 battalions.
|1||Miami Lakes||Aerial 1||Rescue 1|
|2||Miami||Engine 2||Rescue 2
|3||Miami||Engine 3||Rescue 3||*Red units for 9/11 tribute*|
|4||Miami||Engine 4||Rescue 4||Battalion 9|
|5||Redland||Engine 5||Rescue 5|
|6||Homestead||Tanker 6||Rescue 6|
|7||West Little River||Engine 7||Rescue 7|
|8||Aventura||Engine 8||Rescue 8||Battalion 2|
|9||Kendall||Engine 9||Rescue 9|
|10||Sunny Isles Beach||Ladder 10||Rescue 10|
|11||Miami Gardens||Aerial 11||Rescue 11||Battalion 4|
|12||Miami International Airport||Engine 12||Rescue 12||Battalion 6,
ARFF Foam 1, 2, & 3
Terminal Golf Cart
|13||Miami||Engine 13||Air Truck 13
South Maintenance Yard
Coms/Ops support vehicles
|14||South Miami||Engine 14||Rescue 14||Battalion 8|
|15||Key Biscayne||Engine 15||RHIB 15|
|16||Homestead||Engine 16||Rescue 16
Brush 1 (UTV) [In old building]
|17||Virginia Gardens||Ladder 17||HazMat Support 17|
|19||North Miami||Aerial 19||Rescue 19|
|20||North Miami||Engine 20||Rescue 20||Battalion 3|
|21||Miami||Engine 21||Platform 21||Rescue 21||Battalion 1
Fire Boat 21
|22||North Miami||Ladder 22||Rescue 63|
|23||Pinecrest||Ladder 23||Rescue 23||EMS 23|
|24||Miami Executive Airport||Foam 24
Air Rescue South
|25||Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport||Foam 25
Air Rescue North
|26||Opa-Locka||Platform 26||Rescue 26|
|27||North Bay Village||Engine 27||Rescue 27|
|28||Hialeah Gardens||Rescue 28|
|29||Sweetwater||Aerial 29||Rescue 29||Battalion 12|
|30||Miami Shores||Engine 30||Rescue 30|
|31||North Miami Beach||Aerial 31||Rescue 31|
|32||North Miami Beach||Engine 32||Rescue 32|
|33||Aventura||Rescue 33||EMS 33|
|34||Cutler Ridge||Aerial 34
Ops Div Chief South
|35||Miami Springs||Engine 35||Rescue 35|
|36||Hammocks||Aerial 36||Rescue 36|
|37||Miami||Engine 37||Rescue 37|
|38||Miami Gardens||Aerial 38||Rescue 38|
|39||Port of Miami||Ladder 39||2 RHIBs|
|40||West Miami||Engine 40||Rescue 40|
|42||Fisher Island||Engine 42||Aerial 42||Rescue 42|
|43||Richmond Heights||Aerial 43||Rescue 43||EMS 43
|44||Palm Springs North||Engine 44||Rescue 44|
|45||Doral||Engine 45||Fire Investigators|
|46||Medley||Aerial 46||Collapse Truck|
|47||Westchester||Engine 47||Rescue 47|
|48||Fontainebleau||Engine 48||Rescue 48||EMS 48|
|51||Opa-Locka||Engine 51||Rescue 51||EMS 51|
|52||South Miami Heights||Tanker 52||Rescue 52||Battalion 7|
|54||Bunche Park||Engine 54||Rescue 54|
|55||Saga Bay||Engine 55||RHIB 55|
|56||Miami||Engine 56||Rescue 56|
|57||West Kendall||Rescue 57||Battalion 13|
|58||Tamiami||Engine 58||Rescue 58|
|59||Miami International Airport||Ladder 59||Quick Response Vehicle (QRV) 59|
|60||Redland||Tanker 60||Airboat 1|
|61||Miami||Engine 61||Brush 2 (UTV)|
|62||Palmetto Bay||Engine 62||Temporary Building|
|64||Miami Lakes||Engine 64||Battalion 14|
|65||Homestead||Ladder 65||Rescue 65|
|69||Doral||Rescue 69||Squad 69
|70||Coconut Palm||Rescue 70|
|73||Port of Miami||Fire Boat 73|
|76||Bay Harbor||Rescue 76|
- "Stations & Units". MDFD. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- "Emergency Response". Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- Services, Miami-Dade County Online. "Air Rescue - Miami-Dade County". www.miamidade.gov. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
- "Air Rescue". Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- "Task Force Locations". FEMA. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- "Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)". Miami-Dade Fire Department. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
- Services, Miami-Dade County Online. "Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) - Miami-Dade County". www.miamidade.gov. Retrieved 2016-02-21.