The City of Miami Fire Rescue Training Center is located at:
3425 Jefferson Street Miami, Florida 33133
The City of Miami Fire Rescue Training Center is located on a 4.5-acre tract that shares public access to a pair of community tennis and basketball courts. During the 1950’s, a City trash burning incinerator occupied the site. Currently, a multiuse operations building provides space for 4 administrative personnel, 8 instructors and 6 permanent staff member offices. It also includes a 70-seat auditorium, four 30-person classrooms, and 3 firefighter suppression and search & rescue skills training rooms.
Candidate firefighter, in-service (veteran) firefighter and emergency medical training programs are conducted or coordinated at the training center.
A preliminary site assessment was conducted on February 12, 2020. Groundwater, soil and sediment samples were collected for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These analytes are associated with firefighting aqueous film forming foam (AFFF).
The results of this initial sampling indicated that on-site groundwater was contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) at concentrations above the provisional ground water cleanup target level; soil samples were also impacted by PFOA and PFOS at concentrations above DEP’s provisional soil cleanup target levels.
DEP advised the Florida Department of Health (DOH) of these results and directed them to develop and implement a community sampling plan. DOH reconnaissance efforts did not identify any drinking water supply wells in the area so it is has suspended site activities. DEP will continue to work with the City of Miami to develop a cleanup plan to remove or contain the contamination to prevent environmental impact and human exposure. A City consultant has commenced additional site assessment activities.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.