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Louie Fernandez, Assistant Chief for Technical Support Services

Division Chief Louie Fernandez

Chief Louie Fernandez is Assistant Chief for Technical Support Services for the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department. Since 1987, Fernandez has served in positions ranging in fire department operations and administration to emergency management and county-wide senior executive management: including Assistant Director of the Miami-Dade Communications Department, Officer–in-Charge for Public Affairs with Miami-Dade County’s Fire Rescue Department (MDFR) and Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Officer-in-Charge for in service training for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and most recently as Executive Officer to the Fire Chief.

In addition, Chief Fernandez is the author of The Crisis Communications Handbook. (Jane’s 2003) and a contributing editor on: The Citizen’s Safety Guide and The School Safety Guide (Jane’s 2004). Fernandez has participated in over 25 local OEM emergency activations including Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, the 1996 ValuJet Airlines crash and the 1997 Fine Air crash in South Florida, and the 1998 Carnival Cruise Lines ship fire.

Moreover, Chief Fernandez responded to Haiti with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue teams following the January 2010 earthquake, and in 2008 responded to the Iowa floods and Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike. In 2005, Fernandez served on FEMA’s Incident Support Team (IST) in New Orleans, Louisiana managing media relations for the nation’s urban search and rescue activities following Hurricane Katrina. Chief Fernandez continues to serve on FEMA’s IST and is the Chair of FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Public Affairs Work Group and sat on the National Advisory Council Subcommittee on the National Response Framework. Most recently, Fernandez responded to the Northeast for super storm Sandy and worked under FEMA’s Incident Support Team.

In 1996, Fernandez was the first person ever to receive the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Public Information Officer of the Year award. He has also contributed to numerous trade journals and community publications and has lectured at public safety and communications seminars around the country. Chief Fernandez is a graduate of Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Driving Government Performance program and holds an A.S. in Fire Science and a B.A. in Public Administration. Fernandez is a South Florida native and is married with two children.

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