Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 100077
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File Number: 100077 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-03-10 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: TO REINSTATE MIAMI-DADE FIRE RESCUE’S URBAN Introduced: 1/14/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 1/14/2010
Agenda Date: 1/14/2010 Agenda Item Number:
Notes: SPECIAL ITEM NO. 3 Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES AGENCY OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID) TO REINSTATE MIAMI-DADE FIRE RESCUE’S URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM, FLORIDA TASK FORCE-1 (USAR TEAM) AS AN ACTIVE SEARCH AND RESCUE TASK FORCE WITHIN USAID’S OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
Indexes: HAITI
Sponsors: Dennis C. Moss, Prime Sponsor
  Bruno A. Barreiro, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Natacha Seijas, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, 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 1/14/2010 SPECIAL ITEM NO. 3 Adopted P
REPORT: First Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Moss noted that the County’s Urban Search and Rescue (USR) Team, was among the finest in the world. He said this proposed resolution would encourage the Federal Government to consider the Team as part of the emergency response effort. Chairman Moss noted that the Team could have been deployed and landed in Haiti much quicker with this designation. Chairman Moss emphasized the need for the local Congressional Delegation and County lobbyists to move this legislation forward so that the USR Team could be activated in future emergency efforts more efficiently. It was duly noted that all Commissioners requested to be listed as co-sponsors of this proposed resolution.

County Attorney 1/14/2010 Assigned Daniel Frastai

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES AGENCY OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID) TO REINSTATE MIAMI-DADE FIRE RESCUEíS URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM, FLORIDA TASK FORCE-1 (USAR TEAM) AS AN ACTIVE SEARCH AND RESCUE TASK FORCE WITHIN USAIDíS OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

BODY
WHEREAS, on January 12, 2010 a devastating earthquake hit the island of Haiti, approximately 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince; and
WHEREAS, according to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, more than three million people - a third of Haitiís population - has been affected by the earthquake; and
WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Departmentís Urban Search and Rescue Team, Florida Task Force-1 (USAR Team), has in the past responded to local, national, and international disasters; and
WHEREAS, the USAR Team has been deployed and arrived today in Haiti to conduct search and rescue operations; and
WHEREAS, the USAR Team is capable of conducting the following type of operations: physical search and rescue operations in damaged/collapsed structures, flooded areas, and transportation accident scenes; provide emergency medical care at disaster sites for trapped victims; carry out reconnaissance duties to asses damage and determine needs in order to provide feedback to all agencies involved; provide disaster communication support using state-of-the-art satellite systems; conduct hazardous materials surveys/evaluations of affected areas; assist in stabilizing damaged structures, including shoring and cribbing operations; and
WHEREAS, the USAR Team is self-supported for immediate mission response using an equipment cache totaling 50,000 pounds that includes: rations for 10 days, housing and feeding capabilities of its members, acoustic fiber optic and video search equipment, electric, gasoline, hydraulic, mechanical and pneumatic tools for working on reinforced concrete structures, hazardous materials monitoring equipment, medical equipment to provide medical care, satellite, digital phone and radio equipment capable of providing local, regional and global communications of voice, data, and fax transmissions; and
WHEREAS, the USAR Team has been previously deployed to perform search and rescue operations after the following earthquakes: Mexico City 1985, El Salvador 1986, Armenia 1988, The Philippines 1990, Venezuela 1997, Colombia 1999, Turkey 1999, and Taiwan 1999; and
WHEREAS, the USAR Team has been previously deployed to perform search and rescue operations after the following hurricanes: Gilbert/Jamaica, Hugo/Easter Caribbean, Andrew/Miami, Luis/Caribbean, Marilyn/Caribbean, Opal/North Florida, Belize, Charley/ Charlotte County, Florida, and Katrina/New Orleans; and
WHEREAS, the USAR Team has performed search and rescue operations and provided various support in other flooding and weather disasters, building explosions, and airplane crashes; and
WHEREAS, in order to be able to be deployed faster in future disasters the USAR Team needs to be reinstated as an active search and rescue task force within the United States Agency for International Developmentís (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA),
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to reinstate the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Departmentís Urban Search and Rescue Team, Florida Task Force-1 as an active search and rescue task force within USAIDís Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Miami-Dade County Congressional Delegation and the United States Agency for International Developmentís Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.
Section 3. Directs the County's federal lobbyists to advocate for the action set forth above and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2010 Federal Legislative Package.



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