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For Immediate Release:
March 16, 2011

Media Contact:
Cristina Armand

Free Phones at the Fair

MDFR and Dial-A-Life Partner to Help Low-income, Elderly and Disabled Residents


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) is partnering with the Dial-A-Life Program from Thursday, March 17, through Sunday, April 3, at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition to distribute refurbished cell phones to low-income, elderly and disabled residents of Miami-Dade County.

While at the fair, MDFR representatives will also be collecting used cell phones that will be refurbished for future use. All digital cell phones in good working condition can be donated.

The Dial-A-Life Program is a Miami-Dade County initiative, created by Chairman Joe A. Martinez, that is dedicated to collecting used, disconnected digital cellular telephones and reprogramming them so eligible at-risk Miami-Dade residents (elderly, disabled, low-income, domestic-violence victims, and parents of disabled children) can call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance. Since its inception in 2001, over 4,500 phones have been distributed.

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible.  For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call 786-331-5200 at least five days in advance.

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

Who: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
Dial-A-Life Program

What:Dial-A-Life Cell Phone Distribution and Collection

When: March 17, 2011,

Where:Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition
10901 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33165


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