HAITI: A Moving Mission: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Aids Its Caribbean Neighbor

It was a Tuesday afternoon on January 12, 2010, and while most of the school kids in the U.S. were getting ready to end their day, students in Haiti were in the middle of their school session. In just a few seconds, an already impoverished nation would...


It was a Tuesday afternoon on January 12, 2010, and while most of the school kids in the U.S. were getting ready to end their day, students in Haiti were in the middle of their school session. In just a few seconds, an already impoverished nation would suffer the calamities of a catastrophic...


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Louie Fernandez is a 23-year-veteran of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department and is currently assigned as captain to the training and safety division. Captain Fernandez serves as a member of Florida Task Force 1 and on FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue's Incident Support Team. He is the author of The Crisis Communications Handbook (Jane's 2003), and holds a bachelor's degree in public administration and an associate degree in fire science.