Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

The Air Rescue Bureau provides aero-regional medical transport, search and rescue, firefighting and tactical support to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) operations, as well as to local municipalities and government agencies at the state and federal level.

MDFR helicopters transport severely injured trauma patients to state-approved Level I Trauma Centers. Flight crews are trained in tactical disciplines necessary to deploy personnel and equipment in search and rescue missions, firefighting operations and reconnaissance on large incidents such as wildland fires and catastrophic events.

An "Alert Aircraft" is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at each of our two alert sites, Air Rescue South and Air Rescue North. Two flight medics and two pilots are assigned to each Alert Aircraft. They can respond to any Miami-Dade location within minutes and transport patients to the nearest appropriate trauma or medical center. When Air Rescue responds to an incident, the Fire Alarm Office dispatches ground fire rescue units to the designated Landing Zone (LZ) to provide LZ security and safety.