Fire Rescue Department

 
Director and Staff

Eric Lang is the Fire Chief. The Office of the Fire Chief and other Administrative personnel are located on the 2nd floor of the Fire Station at 560 Crandon Boulevard. Offices are directly above the Council Chamber at the rear of the building and can be accessed from Village Green Way. The Administration Office number is (305) 365-8989. Chief Lang's contact information is as follows:


Phone: (305) 365-8988

Fax: (305) 365-8933
Email: elang@keybiscayne.fl.gov

 
The Department is served by two Deputy Chiefs whose contact information is as follows:

Marcos Osorio, Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal

 

Phone: (305) 365-8987
Fax: (305) 365-8933
Email:mosorio@keybiscayne.fl.gov


Michael Haring, Deputy Chief of Operations

Phone: (305) 365-8999
Fax: (305) 365-8933
Email:mharing@keybiscayne.fl.gov

 

Cathy Pastor is the Administrative Assistant for the Department with the following contact information. Dial (305) 365-8989 for general inquiries, inspection requests and information about classes.

 

Phone: (305) 365-8989
Fax: (305) 365-8933
Email: fireadmin@keybiscayne.fl.gov

 

Sylvie Elmoznino is the Community Outreach Liaison for the Department with the following contact information:

 

Phone: (305) 365-8989
Fax: (305) 365-8933
Email: selmoznino@keybiscayne.fl.gov



Contact information for other staff and firefighters/paramedics is available in the Fire Rescue Department Directory.

 

Mission Statement

To contribute to a safe, quality community environment for all Islanders through responsible Fire Rescue Services.


Department Description

The Departmental personnel consists of the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal, Deputy Chief of Operations, an Administrative Assistant, a Community Outreach Liaison and a Fire Inspector. In addition, there are three (3) shifts that staff the fire station 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Each operational shift has one (1) assigned Captain, two (2) Lieutenants, and up to eight (8) Firefighter/Paramedics. The total personnel assigned to shift are made up of three (3) Fire Captains, six (6) Fire Lieutenants, twelve (12) Firefighter/Paramedic/Driver Engineers and fourteen (14) Firefighter/Paramedics. All of the Department's sworn personnel are State Certified Paramedics. The Village has the only Fire Rescue Department in South Florida with this distinction.

The Fire Rescue Department became operational and assumed Fire Rescue service from Miami-Dade County on October 1, 1993. The Department is recognized as an all hazards response agency. This means that personnel respond to and mitigate responses to fire and medical emergencies, collapse structures, hazardous material responses, vehicle accidents, floods water-related emergencies and any incident where life and property is threatened. The most obvious is fire and medical response. The Department's Firefighter/Paramedics skilled in determining the severity of patient injury or illness using sophisticated tools and methods, and in administering the required life saving techniques such as cardiac pacing, intubation and defibrillating until the patient can be admitted to the appropriate medical facility.

Intergovernmental support from the City of Miami is an essential component of the Village's Fire Rescue Department. Through an Automatic Aid and Ancillary Services Agreement, the City of Miami provides emergency back-up services and several key support functions for Village Firefighter/Paramedics.

Additionally, Fire Rescue personnel perform the life safety and fire prevention inspection functions that give the Department opportunities to be proactive in dealing with emergencies. All of the high-rise and mercantile buildings within the Village are inspected annually to assure compliance with appropriate codes and to provide needed familiarization for the Fire Rescue crews who may be required to fight fires or perform other emergency operations in any one of them. Inspections are also conducted during the construction of new commercial or multifamily projects.

Other services and responsibilities include:

  • Citizen blood pressure monitoring
  • Citizen CPR and First-Aid classes
  • Community public education for adults on fire prevention, household accident prevention, infant and child safety, and pool safety
  • Fire Station Tours
  • Education demonstrations at local schools
  • Water rescue capability
  • Trench rescue and confined space response
  • Fire investigations

On September 10, 1998, the Board of Directors for the Commission on Fire Accreditation International awarded the Village Fire Rescue Department "International Accredited Agency Status". The Village of Key Biscayne Fire Department became the tenth (10th) department in the world and the first (1st) in the state of Florida to achieve this recognition. In August 14th, 2013, the Commission on Fire Accreditation International unanimously approved the fourth Re-Accreditation of the Department for 2013-2018.

 

 

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