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Delivering Extraordinary Work
MDFR Welcomes Fire Chief William W. Bryson
Heart Attack Survivor Thankful to His Rescuers
MDFR Unveils Piece of History
Think Pink This October
The Busiest in the Land

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Welcome to Our First Issue!
Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue's (MDFR) Hotlines is a monthly publication that promotes departmental services, initiatives and accomplishments. Originally launched in July 2009 as a quarterly electronic newsletter, Hotlines has evolved into a more user friendly format. Hotlines is not only distributed to MDFR employees, it's also posted on our public website, http://www.miamidade.gov/mdfr so that it can be accessed by members of the community we serve.


Haitian Baby Being Delivered Delivering Extraordinary Work Firefighter Joseph Medor is an ordinary man who does extraordinary work. The six-year Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighter/paramedic has seen all types of medical emergencies while serving at the Coral Reef Station. However, it's his volunteer work what makes him unique. This year, he's already been a part of four missions to Haiti, twice with the Central Florida Health Alliance and twice on his own. These trips usually occur from Thursday through Sunday, when local Haitians are more likely to visit the clinic. >>
MDFR Welcomes Fire Chief William W. Bryson
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez named long-time public servant and firefighter William "Shorty" Bryson to the position of Fire Chief. Chief Bryson began his career at the City of Miami as a firefighter in 1975. He steadily rose through the ranks to the position of Fire Chief, which he held for nine years. Along the way, Chief Bryson held the positions of Lieutenant, Captain and Chief Fire Officer. >>
Heart Attack Survivor Thankful to His Rescuers
On Aug. 13, 2011 Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) responded to reports of a man down at the Jewish Community Center basketball courts located at 11155 SW 112 Ave. First-arriving-units found an unconscious 50-year-old male in cardiac arrest on the court. The man had suffered a massive heart attack while playing basketball. A fellow ball player stated that the man suddenly clutched his chest and collapsed to the ground. >>  
MDFR Unveils Piece of History
On Sept. 7, 2011, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) commemorated those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, by unveiling a piece of a steel beam from the World Trade Center collapse. >>
Think Pink This October
October is Breast Cancer awareness month, and MDFR has joined forces with the American Cancer Society to "Make Strides Against Breast Cancer." On Sunday, Oct. 9, MDFR will join thousands to participate in a 5K walk fundraising event. In the past, MDFR has been one of the County's top fundraisers. Donations will help the American Cancer Society find better ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer as well as provide help and hope to people facing the disease. >>
The Busiest in the Land
MDFR's Aerial 2, stationed in Liberty City, holds the distinction of taking the lead as the busiest aerial-ladder-truck in North America for the second consecutive year. This ranking is a result of responding to 5,277 calls last year. >>

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