Miami Fire-Rescue Department

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Not to be confused with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department.
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 100,008 (2015)
Employees 783 (2014)
Annual budget $121,122,600 (2014)
Staffing Career
Fire chief Joseph Zahralban
EMS level ALS
IAFF 587
Facilities and equipment[2]
Stations 15
Engines 12
Quints 3
Rescues 26
Fireboats 2
Official website
IAFF website

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 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), September 11 attack at the WTC (2001), Hurricane Katrina (2005) and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[7]

Stations & Apparatus[edit]

Fire truck
Fire boat
Station address Engine EMS Truck Other
1 144 N.E. 5th St Foam 1 Rescue 1
Rescue 21
Aerial 1 District Chief 1, HazMat 1
2 1901 N. Miami Ave Engine 2 Rescue 2
Rescue 22
Decon 2

Airbag 2

3 1103 N.W. 7th St Engine 3 Rescue 3
Rescue 23
4 1105 S.W. 2nd Ave Engine 4 Rescue 4
Rescue 24


Aerial 4 Car 94 (EMS Battalion Captain)
5 1200 N.W. 20th St Engine 5 Rescue 5
Rescue 25
Aerial 5 Dive Team 5
6 701 N.W. 36th St Engine 6 Rescue 6
Rescue 26
Technical Rescue Team 6, District Chief 2 Car 95 (EMS Captain)
7 314 Beacom Blvd Engine 7 Rescue 7
Rescue 27
District Chief 3

Decon 7

8 2975 Oak Ave Engine 8 Rescue 8
Rescue 28
Quint 8 Rehab 8
9 69 N.E. 62 St Foam 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
Decon 12
13 8260 N.E. 2nd Ave Engine


Rescue 13
14 2111 S.W. 19th St Rescue 14
15 Bayside Market Place Marine Ops, Fireboat 1, Fireboat 2


  1. ^ "Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2013-14" (PDF). City of Miami. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Statistics" (PDF). 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 Trebilcock, Michael. "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