Dave Downey

Chief (retired), Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue Department

Dave Downey is a 37-year veteran of the fire service working through the ranks as a firefighter, company officer, Battalion Chief, Division Chief, and Assistant Fire Chief. Chief Downey retired as the Fire Chief of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue in May 2019 after serving in that capacity for 6 ½ years.

Chief Downey serves as the Chair of NFPA 1710 Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments, a Technical Committee member on NFPA 3000 Standard for Active Shooter/Hostile Events Response (ASHER) Program, and the Chair of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ US&R Committee.

Chief Downey has an Associate degree in Fire Science, a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Chief Downey is a designated Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing.

Chief Downey is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters, International Association of Fire Chief’s, National Fire Protection Association, Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, and the Florida Fire Chief’s Association.

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