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Marine Services

The Marine Services Bureau (MSB) oversees the day to day operations, logistical functions, research and development and in-house training related to the following programs:

  • Fireboat Operations
  • Rapid Response Vessels
  • Hovercraft
  • Personal Water Craft
  • Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats
  • Airboat Operations
  • Swift Water/Flood Water Response
  • Oversight of the Ocean Rescue Bureau

The Ocean Rescue Bureau is composed of over 90 lifeguards who serve and protect the beaches of Miami-Dade County at Crandon Park Beach and Haulover Beach, as well as assisting in surrounding beaches that are not staffed with full-time lifeguards when requested.

The Marine Services Bureau oversees the two operational fireboats that are staffed 24/7 and ready to respond within seconds. These two vessels protect and patrol the waterways of Miami-Dade County while responding to any incident/accident within our jurisdiction, or when requested by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and/or our State/County maritime law enforcement partners.

MDFR’s Fireboat Program will soon be augmented by three additional strategically placed Rapid Rescue Vessels (RRV) along the coastline of Miami-Dade County and three airboat’s, for improved response capabilities in the Florida Everglades.

The waterways within MDFR’s service area include beaches, shoreline, Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay, Port Miami, Miami-River Port, Fisher Island/Trans-Mountain Fuel Farm, Intercostal Waterway (ICW), Florida Everglades, and a multitude of inland lakes, bays, and canals.

The Marine Services Bureau has an extensive Hazardous Materials Maritime Response Plan in place to respond and protect against any waterborne emergency that might threaten our sensitive ecological marine environment and the coral reef in Biscayne Bay and theAtlantic Ocean.

  • Dive Rescue

    The Dive Rescue Bureau began SCUBA operations in 1985 and currently has more than 1,000 Rescue Skin Divers and 650 SCUBA Rescue Divers.

    Each fire suppression unit, Advanced Life Support (ALS) rescue unit, air rescue helicopter and fire boat is equipped as a water rescue unit with two sets of SCUBA rescue equipment and accessory gear.

    The Dive Rescue Training Team has four Public Safety Diving instructors, seven certified SCUBA/rescue instructors and eight Dive Rescue Training Team assistants. Training consists of a full range of aquatic and water rescue subjects from American Red Cross Swimming and Lifesaving through NAUI Rescue Skin Diving and all SCUBA certification levels.

    Rescue diver skills are maintained through annual Proficiency Improvement Training classes.

  • Ocean Rescue

    The Ocean Rescue Bureau is a team of well trained, highly skilled professionals who specialize in preventative actions, ocean rescues, and emergency medical assistance to beachgoers on the County's public beaches.

    Miami-Dade County Ocean Rescue Bureau boasts 30 elevated and mostly enclosed lifeguard towers spaced approximately 150 yards apart and operational headquarters buildings, one for each beach.

    Our lifeguards provide beach and aquatic safety education.

    Miami-Dade County's public beaches (Crandon Park and Haulover Park) are professionally guarded 365 days a year.

    Nov. - March
    9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    April - Oct.
    9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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