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Dave Downey

Dave Downey is the Deputy Coordinator for the Statewide Emergency Response Plan (SERP) for ESF 4/9 in the State of Florida. He is a 37-year veteran of the fire service having spent over 30 years with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the last six as the fire chief, retiring in 2019. Chief Downey serves as the chair of the International Association of Fire Chief’s US&R Committee and is a task force leader with FL-TF1, having responded to disasters across the world, including the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Detailing the US&R system in Florida, challenges faced by SAR crews, and lessons learned from the catastrophic incident