Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 060263
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File Number: 060263 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-292-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: CREATE FIRE RESCUE UNIT AT PORT OF MIAMI Introduced: 1/30/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/7/2006
Agenda Date: 3/7/2006 Agenda Item Number: 11A9
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO CONSIDER PLACING A RESCUE UNIT OF THE MIAMI-DADE FIRE RESCUE DEPARTMENT AT THE DANTE B. FASCELL PORT OF MIAMI-DADE AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME
Indexes: FIRE RESCUE SERVICES
  PORT OF MIAMI
Sponsors: Dorrin D. Rolle, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/7/2006 11A9 Adopted P

Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 2/15/2006 2G Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Chairwoman Sosa asked that she be added as a co-sponsor. She noted the amount of emergencies at the Seaport justified placing a rescue unit there and noted the County was asking the Seaport to study the feasibility of funding this. Commissioner Seijas questioned whether Fisher Island had a rescue unit and how many times that unit was used. Chief Michael Dunn, Miami Fire Department, noted Fisher Island had a Fire engine and a rescue transport unit but the response capacity to get off the island was dependant upon a ferry, which caused a considerable time delay. He also noted the Port of Miami had a fire engine service not capable of transport and that Fisher Island service was probably in the lower rankings for number of times used. Commissioner Souto asked that he be added as co-sponsor to this resolution, and noted he supported it based on the amount of passengers passing through the Seaport. Chairwoman Sosa noted that at the briefing, the Fire Department reported the response time for emergencies at the port could be long due to the distance of the closest rescue unit and the amount of traffic in Dade County, but a rescue unit at the port would reduce the time span significantly. Commissioner Diaz spoke in support of the forgoing resolution and asked that he also be added as a co-sponsor. Chairwoman Sosa asked that the funding source be forwarded for this Committee’s review if the County Commission approved this resolution.

Community Empowerment & Econ. Revitalization Cmte. 2/14/2006 2A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Manager Tony Crapp, Sr. read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Rolle relinquished the chair to Vice Chairwoman Jordan. Commissioner Rolle provided a brief overview regarding the intent of this resolution, which he noted would urge the County Manager to consider placing a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (MDFR) Rescue Unit at the Port of Miami-Dade in order respond to emergencies at the Port. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented. Assistant County Attorney Jess McCarty informed the Committee that Commissioner Diaz requested to be listed as cosponsor on the foregoing proposed resolution.

County Attorney 1/30/2006 Assigned Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 2/15/2006

County Attorney 1/30/2006 Assigned Community Empowerment & Econ. Revitalization Cmte. 2/14/2006

County Attorney 1/30/2006 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO CONSIDER PLACING A RESCUE UNIT OF THE MIAMI-DADE FIRE RESCUE DEPARTMENT AT THE DANTE B. FASCELL PORT OF MIAMI-DADE AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME

BODY
WHEREAS, on January 4, 2006, a longshoreman named Doney L. Eden suffered serious injuries to his head, chest, and left arm when the mule, a truck-like vehicle used to move containers, he was driving went into reverse and pinned him between the mule cab and a container that was being loaded onto the mule at one of the cargo yards of the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami-Dade; and
WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (MDFR) immediately was called, but while Mr. Eden waited, injured and bleeding, it took 19 minutes for a rescue unit to arrive on the scene, at which point Mr. Eden was transported in critical condition to Jackson Memorial Hospital; and
WHEREAS, while there is an MDFR Fire Station at the Port of Miami-Dade, there is no MDFR Rescue Unit located there; and
WHEREAS, placing an MDFR Rescue Unit at the Port of Miami-Dade would substantially reduce the amount of time needed to respond to emergencies at the Port and could potentially reduce the severity of injuries and even save lives by getting medical attention to injured workers much quicker; and

WHEREAS, thousands of persons are employed at the Port of Miami-Dade, many times in dangerous industrial operations where life and limb are at risk; and
WHEREAS, while a new MDFR Fire Station and Rescue Unit is in the process of being built at the Port of Miami-Dade with an anticipated completion date of July, 2006, an MDFR Rescue Unit is needed immediately at the Port of Miami-Dade,



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