Fire Station 64 Opens

Today’s grand opening of Fire Station 64 at 10865 Harts Road is welcome news for this underserved community.The additional resources  have been reccommended for several years, so we celebrate closing that gap. Additionally, the crew assigned to Station 64 will  host one of JFRD's most recent innovations: a critical care paramedic unit. The team launched in late 2022, and these paramedics render advanced intervention, including blood transfusions and intubations. The critical care unit based at Station 64 will join a growing fleet of these highly specialized lifesaving units.

photo of Engine and Rescue 75 on opening day
Fire Station 75 opened today on Jacksonville's westside. Located at 2630 Firestone Road, the station's resources will improve service to those need emergency care. The station will also help to evenly distribute the workload among the firefighters who are assigned to Fire Station 22 and Fire Station 31, both of which are among JFRD's busiest stations. The location also houses one of two critical care rescue units, which have the capacity to administer blood transfusions and ventilate patients enroute to the hospital.

Andre Ayoub to Lead Duval County Emergency Management
The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) celebrated the grand opening of Fire Station 65 today.
Located off of Atlantic Boulevard near Arlington Road, the station houses a fire engine and a rescue unit. Station 65's resources will help meet the growing demands for emergency service in the busy Atlantic Boulevard corridor. Last year, Engine 30 at Station 30, which is about 3 miles east of 65 responded to 4,697calls,making it the department's busiest unit in 2022.

Fire Station 65 is JFRD's 63rd station.
Director Fire Chief Keith Powers and City officials cut the red ribbon and officially open Fire Station 74 in e-Town on Jacksonville's Southside

Fire Station 74 helped Jacksonville maintain its designation as an ISO Class 1 department by its proximity to structures in e-Town.  A Class 1 rating represents the best fire protection a department can offer, and given Duval County’s massive 900-plus square mileage, Jacksonville is the largest ISO Class 1 department in the world. This distinction also means that property owners who are now within 5-road miles of Fire Station 74 should experience cost savings in their insurance premiums.

Additionally, Engine 74 and Rescue 74 will also improve response times in a region that is rapidly growing. Those crews will also cover parts of Nocatee that are within Duval County and beyond, should St. Johns County need mutual aid.

According to Dasher Hurst Architects, Station 74 retains the functional features intrinsic to Jacksonville’s contemporary fire stations. However, the plans for 74 were modified to yield a more expressive architectural approach.  The building has three apparatus bays with state-of-the-art, bi-folding bay doors which allow for quick open-close response and anticipated lower maintenance costs compared to standard sectional overhead doors.  The station’s building materials are conventional: stucco and corrugated metal, which are low maintenance, and also ideal for the busy pace of public safety.

Poster Displaying Jacksonville's Class 1 ISO Rating
Jacksonville Achieves ISO Class 1 Rating
City officials cut the red ribbon and officially open Fire Station 63
Squad 63 and Rescue 63 had been operating from a temporary location for a couple years, so the October 26 grand opening of the brick and mortar fire station was a welcome new home for the busy crew.

Station 63's immediate territory includes eastern Baymeadows, the Reedy Branch area, and St. Johns Town Center. As of 2021, that area includes approximately 5,000 residences, 400 business parcels, 30 apartment complexes, and several schools. Given the region's projected growth, Station 63 will continue to be a busy location. And with a squad company assigned to Station 63, the crew can offer advanced technical rescue methods that often are relevant in high-traffic locations and construction sites.
Architectural Rendering of Fire Station 74
JFRD Fire Station 74 is in progress.
Lieutenant Mike Belcher, JFRD's 2021 Firefighter of the Year

 Black smoke spewing from the windows of a mobile home. A report of one still inside. And a dicey path to make entry into a zero-visibility situation. These were the conditions that Lt. Mike Belcher,  JFRD's Firefighter of the Year faced.

With 155,501 calls for service in 2020, Jacksonville enters the national top 10 for busiest fire and rescue departments.
Photo of JFRD Fire Chief Keith Powers, Operations Chief Steve Riska, and Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Personnel at News Conference
JFRD and JSO combine resources to enhance search and rescue efforts.
City officials use golden shovels to officially break ground on Fire Station 63.
JFRD and City Officials Break Ground on Fire Station 63. Facility expected to open in Fall 2021.
WJXT News4Jax’s Vic Micolucci interviews Rescue 2’s Eng. Vince Harper and Capt. Latorrence Norris about the night when a patient attacked and seriously wounded Norris in their rescue’s patient compartment. Harper wrestled with the patient to protect Norris but also sustained injuries during the incident.

American Legion's Florida Office Selects Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department's Engineer Vincent Harper as its Statewide Firefighter of the Year. Harper 

Photo of Ribbon Cutting during the March 6 opening of Fire Station 61

Fire Station 61 in service.

Elected Officials and JFRD's Interim Director/Fire Chief Keith Powers and Capt. Kenny Keene officially open Fire Station 73 on June 28.

In late June, JFRD Opened Fire Station 73 in the Cecil Commerce Center and broke ground on the site of Station 61 in Argyle/Oakleaf

JFRD's Fire Chief Retires Effective May 31.
Operations Chief Keith Powers Appointed Interim Director/Fire Chief.
District Chief Frank Gillis and District Chief David Squires are JFRD's Firefighters of the Year.
Director of Emergency Preparedness Steve Woodard makes introductions with members of a Japanese delegation that traveled to Jacksonville to learn about best practices in disaster management, especially hurricanes and massive flooding.
Japanese government officials, civil engineers and college professors learn about Jacksonville's response and recovery to Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma last year
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.

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