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Dave Downey, Fire Chief

Chief David Downey

Fire Chief Dave Downey has more than 30 years of fire service experience.  Since 1988, Chief Downey has served with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue working through the ranks as a firefighter, company officer, battalion chief and division chief.

Prior to his appointment to Fire Chief he served as, Operations Division Chief, EMS Division Chief, Chief of the Training & Safety Division and most recently, as the Assistant Chief of Operations. Fire Chief Downey was the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the Statewide Emergency Response Plan in Florida and the Chair of the Fire Rescue Workgroup for the SE Regional Domestic Security Task Force. Most recently, Chief Dave Downey earned the international professional designation of Chief Fire Officer (CFO) from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). By earning this designation, Chief Downey joins an elite and exclusive membership of outstanding public safety officials limited to only 993 CFOs worldwide. The highly competitive CFO designation assures departments that their leaders have the educational and technical competencies necessary to meet the demands of today's society.

Fire Chief Downey has been a member of FL-TF1 US&R since 1991 and currently serves as one of the Task Force leaders. He has responded to numerous disasters domestically as well as internationally.  He is the East Coast Task Force Leader Representative and previously served on the Command and General Staff Work Group for the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System.

Fire Chief Downey has an associate's degree in Fire Science from Broward Community College, a bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Barry University, and a master's degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

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