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Miramar Fire-Rescue Department
Thursday April 18th, 2013 :: 05:30 p.m. EDT

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We are pleased to announce: Our Commissioners have unanimously voted to accept the 2012 Grant for 12 new Firefighters

We are pleased to announce that our Commissioners have unanimously voted to accept the 2012 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant for 12 new Firefighter positions for the City of Miramar.

The City of Miramar has been awarded $1,985,160 to pay the salaries and benefits for twelve (12) firefighters through THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS), FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA), GRANTS PROGRAM, for a period of two (2) years with no additional retention requirement. The 12 firefighters will be deployed to create an additional fire-rescue engine company for the under-served central portion of the City and will be housed in a temporary fire station located on the city owned property 1/2 mile east of Flamingo Road on Miramar Parkway.

Historical Information (and Why adding a Fire Station is Important to us):

The historic beginning of the City’s growth occurred in the eastern areas of the city back in the late 1960’s. This growth continued into the 1990’s and 2000’s for areas west of I-75. As the City grew so did the Fire Department in those areas. However, this left a then lightly populated central portion of the City near the Flamingo Road corridor under-served by the City’s fire and EMS resources.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), your chances of surviving sudden cardiac arrest decrease by 10 percent for every minute that passes (AHA, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Advocacy, May 31, 2011). CPR and defibrillation within the first three to five minutes of collapse, plus early advanced care, can result in long-term survival rates of greater than 50% for victims of SCA with witnessed ventricular fibrillation.

Survivability of occupants in structural fires also dramatically declines as a fire progresses through time. The best chance of rescuing civilians from a structural fire is when the fire is in the incipient or beginning phase during the first 6 minutes. Once the fire reaches the flashover phase (between 8 and 10 minutes) the chance for survival is practically zero. Additionally, the chances of a structural collapse which may cause injury or death to our firefighters increases as the fire progresses.

How the SAFER grant will allow us to better serve you:

The addition of these twelve firefighters will improve the safety and efficiency of emergency responders by enabling units to arrive more quickly at emergency sites. The additional firefighters in the area will be capable of providing Advanced Life Support (ALS) with the ability to provide early defibrillation on Sudden Cardiac Arrest events, full spectrum Emergency Medical Services (EMS), full firefighting and rescue capabilities, vehicle accident extrication, and life-saving activities that are currently provided to other portions of the city within a 4 to 6 minute response time. This reduction in response time to the area addresses the need for additional fire and EMS services that currently exists in the central portion of the city.

Address/Location
Miramar Fire-Rescue Department
14801 Southwest 27th Street
Miramar, FL 33027

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 954-602-4802

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