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I have a business in Coral Gables. How can I be sure that I am not inadvertently violating any Fire Safety Codes, and that my customers and employees will be safe in case of fire?
When do I need to have my Fire Extinguisher checked or replaced?
How do I obtain a Fire Permit for work in Coral Gables?
How can we arrange to have a Fire Drill for our building?
Do you give free Blood Pressure Checks/Tests?
Are children allowed to visit the Fire Station?
How can large groups, who have over 25 children, learn more about fire fighting and fire safety?
How do I get a copy of a report?
Where can I get Hurricane Preparedness information?
Where can I find Fire Safety information (such as how to make a fire plan?)
Does the Fire Department offer CPR training?
Does it cost anything to be treated by Rescue?
Do I need a permit to have my house fumigated?
Can I have my son’s/daughter’s birthday party at the Fire Station?
What is your mailing address?
For insurance purposes, where is the closest Fire Station and Hydrant to my house?
Q: I have a business in Coral Gables. How can I be sure that I am not inadvertently violating any Fire Safety Codes, and that my customers and employees will be safe in case of fire?
A:

Once a year each commercial establishment, and all multi-family dwellings (such condominiums and apartment buildings) are inspected for potential life safety hazards, such as exits, lightning, extinguishers, exposed wiring, etc. Violations are noted and a list given to the business owner/manager with a time limit for correcting deficiencies/violations. Upon re-inspection, deficiencies/violations which have not been corrected are referred to the Fire Marshal. The Fire Marshal begins the procedure necessary to ensure fire safety compliance.

Q: When do I need to have my Fire Extinguisher checked or replaced?
A:

An existing Fire Extinguisher in a business must be checked and tagged at least once a year, which can be done by private Fire Equipment companies found in the Yellow Pages.  A fire extinguisher (in a home or business) should be replaced at least every five to eight years depending on the type.  Be sure to check the paperwork that came with your purchase.  A new fire extinguisher can be purchased at any local hardware or home improvement store.

A fire extinguisher should always be replaced after use.

Q: How do I obtain a Fire Permit for work in Coral Gables?
A:

A Fire Permit for work in Coral Gables can be obtained from the Fire Prevention Office. The application must be completed indicating the type of permit required. The completed application must be accompanied by three (3) sets of sealed plans.  Please include and a check payable to the City of Coral Gables for the appropriate amount.

Call the Fire Prevention office at 305-460-5563 for any questions or concerns.

Q: How can we arrange to have a Fire Drill for our building?
A:

Fire Drills can be set up for a specific date and time, with at least two weeks notice.  If you have not already done so, be sure to establish a Fire Evacuation plan for your building, and advise your tenants of the information.   

Should you have questions concerning preparing a plan or setting up a fire drill, contact the Fire Public Education Specialist at 305-460-5576 or email: lrodriguez@coralgables.com.

 

Q: Do you give free Blood Pressure Checks/Tests?
A:

Blood Pressure Checks are available from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day. However, any time a person feels ill, they may go to any fire station and have their blood pressure taken immediately.  If you are experiencing a medical emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.  Rescue service is provided to all residents and visitors in the city.

Q: Are children allowed to visit the Fire Station?
A:

Part of our fire prevention mission is ongoing public education. We welcome children from pre-K to young adults to visit our Station 1 (2815 Salzedo Street) or our Station 3 (11911 Old Cutler Road) in groups no larger than 25 children.

At  least two weeks notice should be given. The tour includes seeing fire and rescue trucks, the firefighter’s gear, and answering questions about fire and life safety. 

Please call our Public Education Specialist at 305-460-5576  or email: lrodriguez@coralgables.com to schedule a visit.

Q: How can large groups, who have over 25 children, learn more about fire fighting and fire safety?
A:

Arrangements can be made for a fire truck and crew to visit schools and special events within the community, with at least two weeks notice.  Crew members give demonstrations of equipment and answer questions about  fire and life safety, as well as, answer questions on becoming a firefighter. 

For further information, please contact the Public Education Specialist at 305-460-5576 to schedule a date and a time. (or via email: lrodriguez@coralgables.com)  

Q: How do I get a copy of a report?
A:

Fire Reports are Public Records, however Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Reports are not. In order to get a copy of an EMS report you must be the patient or the patient’s legal representative. EMS reports can be obtained by the patient coming into our main Fire Station (located at 2815 Salzeod Street) with a picture ID (Drivers License) or through an attorney with a subpoena or notarized medical information release form.

The fee for the report is fifteen cents ($.15) per page. Fire reports vary in the number of pages, and most patient records are two pages or thirty cents ($.30).

You may call 305-460-5564 for any additional information.

Q: Where can I get Hurricane Preparedness information?
A:

Hurricane Preparedness information is available at miamidade.gov/oem, as well as, readysouthflorida.org and AmericanRedCross.org.

Lists of evacuation shelters available, flood zone maps, information on preparing disaster kits, making a plan, as well as,  information on how to stay informed, are on each of these sites.

If you need to get on the Emergency Evacuation Assistance List, you must register with Miami Dade County's Office of Emergency Management.  The Application can be downloaded from:
www.miamidade.gov/oem/EEAP.asp

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Hurricane Preparedness or if you are elderly or disabled and want to learn how to get on our Help List.  Please contact our Public Education Specialist at 305-460-5576 or via email: lrodriguez@coralgables.com

Q: Where can I find Fire Safety information (such as how to make a fire plan?)
A:

Fire Safety educational information for educators or families can be obtained at:

nfpa.org

sparky.org

fema.gov/kids

usfa.dhs.gov/kids

homesafetycoucil.org

If you have any questions contact our Public Education Office at 305-460-5576 or via email: lrodriguez@coralgables.com

Q: Does the Fire Department offer CPR training?
A:

All levels of CPR training are available through the Fire Department and classes are scheduled with a certified instructor. In addition, Coral Gables Fire Department is now offering a free three-hour CPR/AED certification course on the first Monday of every month. After completion of the course, a CPR/AED certification card valid for two years will be issued. Classes are scheduled through the department's Professional Standards Division at 305-460-5576. Please leave your name, type of course, and a phone number you can be reached at during the day/evening and your call will be returned as soon as possible to coordinate a date, time, and fee (if applicable) for the class or email: lrodriguez@coralgables.com.

Q: Does it cost anything to be treated by Rescue?
A:

There is no charge for Coral Gables Fire Rescue to respond to a call for service. However, there is a fee charged if the patient is transported to a medical facility.

Q: Do I need a permit to have my house fumigated?
A:

The City of Coral Gables no longer requires a permit for having your home fumigated. It is recommended that you notify the Police Department and request a watch order while the house is tented.

Q: Can I have my son’s/daughter’s birthday party at the Fire Station?
A:

The Fire Department does not have the facilities to have children’s birthday parties. We do give tours to children, which can precede the party held elsewhere. These are set up through the Public Education Specialist at 305-460-5576 or via email: lrodriguez@coralgables.com.

Q: What is your mailing address?
A:
City of Coral Gables Fire Department
2815 Salzedo Street
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Q: For insurance purposes, where is the closest Fire Station and Hydrant to my house?
A:
To locate the nearest location, contact the Fire Prevention Office at 305-460-5563.