Daily Dispatch reports Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Blackhearts Use Realistic Simulations To Practice Life-Saving Skills

It’s Healthcare Simulation Week, which is meant to highlight professionals who use simulation practices to improve safety, efficiency and effectiveness of their jobs. In light of this, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Blackheart Extrication Team and the University of Miami Gordon Center for Simulation teamed up to give an inside look at the type of work they do. At their training center, they recreated a crash scene, where a car was flipped on its side and a person was trapped inside who needed rescuing. While it may look real, it was all just a drill. “Simulation plays a large role in improving the techniques and the hands-on skills we apply to certain situations,” said Captain Michael Ung with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Blackhearts Use Realistic Simulations To Practice Life-Saving Skills

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Practice makes perfect, as they say, and that is no different for our first responders.

When seconds can make the difference in a life-saving effort, it is vital they are prepared.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue National Healthcare Simulation Week Extrication Demo (9/15/2020)

Members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Team Blackheart demonstrated their skills at the Fire Rescue Training Center on Tuesday morning, as part of National Healthcare Simulation Week. The Blackhearts, Technical Rescue certified MDFR firefighters, have participated in global competitions and garnered numerous awards, including a first place finish in the 2019 Florida Extrication Challenge. National Healthcare Simulation Week runs through Friday.

Coral Gables, Hialeah Set Up COVID-19 Testing Sites For Frontline Workers

Originally published at miami.cbslocal.com on August 6, 2020 by STEVEN “GOLDIE” GOLDSTEIN

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Coral Gables and Hialeah have set up COVID-19 testing sites for frontline workers.

At the Coral Gables site, the University of Miami was administering two types of tests for Coral Gables Police and Fire Department personnel.

It’s all on a voluntary basis. Still, Marcos de la Rosa, deputy chief of the Coral Gables Fire Department, expected a big turnout.

De la Rosa appreciates the collaboration that went into creating spaces to test those on the front lines.

“This is a great project for us to be able to see the prevalence within our workforce and how we can best protect them and also protect our community,” he said. “So we thank the University of Miami for giving us this opportunity to participate.”

First responders were able to come after their shifts to get the antibody tests, which may show if a person previously had COVID-19. They could also test to prove current infection.

In Hialeah, free coronavirus drive-thru testing for first responders was set up at Hialeah Fire Station 1.

It was an effort led by Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban Bovo, in part, to show appreciation for the work they’re doing.

“They are the unsung heroes that are on a daily basis in our community. Either serving calls or attending to issues that many of us don’t want to be involved in. So again, I want to thank them,” he said.

Making testing available and keeping frontline workers healthy will be an ongoing process, but one that lets them know how important they are.

Entire Hialeah Fire Department gets quick test for coronavirus

Originally published at Local10.com on April 16, 2020

HIALEAH, Fla. – According to the Florida Department of Health numbers, Hialeah has the second highest positive coronavirus from test results in the state of Florida.

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With the number of cases continuing to be on the rise, Hialeah’s fire department wanted to find out which of its firefighters have been exposed and which have not. The department secured rapid antibody testing through the University of Miami. Researchers from the university were helping to administer the tests at Fire Station No. 7.

David Rodriguez, District Chief, Hialeah Fire Department, believes the effort may be the first of its kind as about 230 firefighters will be tested.

“We’re probably one of the first in the country, maybe even the nation,” said Rodriguez. “We’re trying to do this to get an idea, to get a baseline, of the health of our firefighters.”

The test will determine if any of the firefighters have been exposed to COVID-19, and, if so, if any have immunity.

“It’s kind of giving an idea of, throughout the whole fire department, what we’re dealing with. Some people don’t feel any symptoms whatsoever. Some people could have it, some may not,” said Rodriguez.

Of the 146 firefighters tested so far since Wednesday, officials said seven have been positive for antibodies and are now isolated while awaiting the results of a swab test to find out if they are still infected.

The tests take only seconds to administer involving a simple prick of the finger with results coming back in 10 to 15 minutes.