For Immediate Release:
January 30, 2013

Media Contact:
FF Michelle Fayed


MDFR hosts Change of Command ceremony


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 

It is with great pride that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) will host its first ever Change of Command ceremony to honor retiring Fire Chief William “Shorty” Bryson and welcome newly appointed Fire Chief Dave Downey. The event will take place at 10:00 a.m. on February 1, 2013, at MDFR’s Training Facility located at 9300 NW 41 Street, in Doral.

Changes of command ceremonies are steep in tradition; these ceremonies are a formal, symbolic passing of responsibility, authority and accountability of command from one leader to another. The event will begin with the preliminary honors, and end with the symbolic passing of the guidon, or “colors.” Passing the guidon from one Chief to another represents the passing of trust and wellbeing of a sector from one to another, but it also perpetuates the seamless tradition of vigilance, service and integrity.

“I am torn even now leaving this wonderful organization,” said MDFR Fire Chief William W. Bryson. “I leave knowing that Chief Dave Downey knows this department better than anyone. I see good things coming from his leadership and wish him all the luck.”

For more information, please contact MDFR’s Media and Public Relations Bureau at 786-331-5200.

Please see map for parking at the day's event.

Who: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

What:Promotions Ceremony

When: February 01, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Where:Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Training Facility
9300 NW 41 Street
Miami, FL 33178


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9300 N.W. 41str Street Miami, Florida 33178
(786) 331-5200