Growth of high rise buildings creating obstacles for first responders in Florida

  • Source: WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami
  • Published: 11/12/2019 12:00 AM

In the heart of bustling Fort Lauderdale, first responders face a host of challenges. One of their biggest obstacles: high-rises. Many new luxury buildings in the city have layered security, and multiple entrances and elevators. Getting access to a patient, or the source of a fire, can take precious minutes. According to the American Heart Association, brain death can begin 4 to 6 minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest, which is why fire departments generally work to have a 6-minute arrival time. Records show Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue has maintained a consistent arrival time from dispatch to scene since 2015, despite the growing number of high-rises downtown. What records don't show is how long it takes first responders to get to the patient once they've arrived at the scene.


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