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Fernando Fernandez, Assistant Chief, Technical and Support Services/ Fire Marshal

Chief Fernando Fernandez, Assisstant Chief of Operations

Chief Fernandez has served Miami-Dade Fire Rescue since 1984, rising through the ranks from firefighter to chief fire officer. Prior to his appointment of overseeing Technical & Supportive Services, he served as officer in charge of the Facilities Management Bureau, Division Chief of Facilities and Construction, and Division Chief of Logistical Services.  In these positions, he managed the department's logistical and supportive services, and was also responsible for all construction projects and facilities maintenance.

He has been a member of the department's Urban Search and Rescue Team since 1990 and has responded to such disasters as the Oklahoma City bombing; the New York World Trade Center attack; and earthquakes in Colombia, Turkey and El Salvador.

In 2006, Chief Fernandez was appointed to Miami-Dade County's Fire Prevention and Safety Appeals Board, which rules on appeals to code violations of the NFPA Fire and Life Safety Codes.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from the School of Engineering at Florida International University and an Associate of Arts degree in Architecture from Miami Dade College.  His professional licenses and certifications include the following:  USAR Logistics Specialist, USAR Rescue Specialist, USAID/OFDA Disaster Assistance Response Team Certification, HazMat Technician 1, Rescue Diver, Emergency Medical Technician and State of Florida General Contractor.

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