Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department releases 2017 Year in Review.
JFRD hires largest class in recent history.

​As a contributing editor to Firehouse Magazine for three decades, Robert Burke has covered hazardous materials in depth.


The timing couldn’t have been better.

​Cullen Chalker liked his job with Delta Airlines, but he didn’t want to relocate to Atlanta to keep his job as a hydraulics mechanic. Born in Jacksonville and happy to be home from serving in World War II, the 22-year-old soon discovered an enticing option. Jacksonville’s fire department was hiring.

At the Firefighter Memorial Wall at Fire Station One

​Don’t be fooled by how shiny it is. The 3,000 pound bronze bell that is the centerpiece of the Firefighter Memorial Wall at Fire Station 1 has been around for a long time – just not always at Station 1.

Visiting Station 42’s B-shift

Melissa Bartley, a registered nurse who works for Concierge Home Care, knows how to demonstrate gratitude. So does Megan Sams, who works for VITAS Healthcare.