July 27, 2022

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.

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