Community Service Programs
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Blood Pressure Checks
Free blood pressure checks are available to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week. However, if you feel ill, you may stop in at any of our stations at any time. Persons who have an emergency or feel they may need immediate medical care should dial 9-1-1.
CPR & AED Certification
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. First Monday of every month.
Residents and business members of the Coral Gables community may sign-up for free CPR/AED classes which are offered on the first Monday of every month. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Classes are scheduled through the Coral Gables Parks and Recreation website, www.playgables.com.
Successfully completion of the course will earn you a HeartSaver CPR/AED certification from the American Heart Association which is valid for two years. You may register for the CPR course by visiting www.playgables.com.
- Classes are free but for those wishing to obtain a certification card, a payment in the amount of $20 by check must be made directly to the Fire Department the morning of the class.
- Classes are not offered June, July and August due to summer camp.
Provided by the City of Coral Gables Fire Department at the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center. At least 10 participants are required to start a class.
Fire Cadet Program
Coral Gables Fire Cadet Program offers high school students between the ages of 14 and 18 the opportunity to explore careers in the fire rescue service. The Cadet Recruit Class is a 10-week training program. The programs extensive training includes a combination of instructional coursework, community service activities, and a "ride-along" program, during which Cadets work side-by-side with Coral Gables firefighters on medical rescue units, assisting the crews during real emergency incidents. If a student is interested in registering they should contact the Cadet Coordinator at 305-722-8760.
Students interested in joining the Cadet Program must fill out an application and attend one regularly scheduled meeting. Application process is open Aug-September of each year. Once a student has been chosen and notified to begin a Recruit Class, the parent/guardian will be required to attend an Advisor/Parent meeting that will explain the entire Recruit Class process.
Training and Coursework:
- CPR Course
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
- Station Etiquette & Equipment Familiarization
- Physical Training
Each Recruit Class student must pay a one-time fee to cover the cost of registration which is a non- refundable $50.00 Fee.
- Students will only be allowed one absence during the 10-week Recruit Class, and may only be late two times. Tardiness over 15 minutes will be considered an absence.
- Students must earn a passing score of 80% on all exams.
- Failure of the 2nd exam or performance objective will result in self-elimination from the recruit class.
- Students must maintain a high school GPA of 2.0 or greater during the Recruit Class, and this requirement continues once the student graduates into the Junior Cadet Program.
Upon satisfactory completion of all required exams and performance objectives, the student graduates into the Cadet Program. Each Cadet is issued a complete uniform but is responsible for returning the uniform once they leave the program. Cadets are required to buy their own black steel toe boots. Cadets will receive community service hours for all first aid and community service events that he/she attends. Typically, a Junior Cadet earns an average of 125 to 200 community service hours per year, depending on how active they choose to be in service activities.
Fire Station Visits
As part of our fire prevention mission, we welcome all members of the community to visit our fire station. Station tours can be arranged for groups of children ranging in age from pre-K to young adults. All tours must be scheduled in advance through our Fire Prevention Division at 305-460-5581.
Safe Haven for Newborns
The Florida Safe Haven Law was enacted in 2000 to address the increasing number of abandoned newborn infants left to die in hazardous environments. The Safe Haven Law is a safety net for unwanted newborn infants, and for the parents who feel they have no other option but to abandon their newborn. The Safe Haven Law allows mothers, fathers, or others who are in possession of an unharmed newborn, approximately three days old or less, to leave the newborn at a designated “Safe Haven” with no questions asked, totally anonymous, and free from fear of prosecution.
All staffed Coral Gables Fire Stations are designated “Safe Havens for Newborns.” Fire Station personnel will accept newborns with no questions asked, and provide transportation to the nearest hospital for medical care and referral to an appropriate adoption agency that will arrange for the placement of the newborn with a waiting family.