Fire rescue investigation continues

Miami Beach fire officials investigate delay in answering 911 call; Man dies

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - The investigation continues into why a Miami Beach Fire Rescue unit took 31 minutes to answer a call just two miles from the nearest fire station.

Rescue unit 22 arrived three minutes after a 65-year-old man waiting for an ambulance was pronounced dead at his Venetian Islands home on March 5.

Local 10 obtained logs from the Venetian Causeway bridge house from that morning. The handwritten notes described Miami Beach Fire Rescue calling the bridge house to advise that a rescue vehicle was coming through -- but the bridge was already up.

In an email to her neighbors, the man's wife said paramedics told police they waited at the bridge for 10 minutes.

The bridge tender logged the 9:30 a.m. opening without incident for a cruiser. The logs indicate the call from fire rescue came after the bridge opening, and though she logged only one boat, she wrote "Vessels passing through... I told them I was trying to get the bridge down now."

Records show the initial call came in 9:05 a.m. on March 5 after a woman found her husband on the floor. She said he was coherent and talking when she dialed 911. The crew was dispatched seven minutes later, 18 minutes before the scheduled bridge raising. She dialed 911 again before they arrived at 9:36 a.m.

"We look at recordings of the phone calls from the caller to the radio dispatches," said Miami Beach Fire Rescue Captain Adonis Garcia.

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