Keith Powers's fire service career began with the Nassau County Fire Rescue department in 1994. Two years later, the Jacksonville native realized his dream and became a member of JFRD. His first assignment was Fire Station 17, located in Woodstock Park off Beaver Street.
Between 1999 and 2006, Powers was promoted through the ranks of engineer, lieutenant and captain, while being assigned to various stations located on the city’s Westside. Powers was deployed across the state on several large wildland fires during the 1998 fire season and deployed with the Urban Search and Rescue Team during Hurricane Katrina. During his time in the field, Powers received five departmental awards for his actions on calls.
Powers joined the administrative team in 2013 when he was chosen to manage JFRD’s Tactical Support Facility. In that role he was responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the 300-plus emergency vehicles assigned to the fire department. Those vehicles include pumpers, ladders, tankers, rescues, marine units, and light cars and trucks. In February 2015 he was assigned the additional duties of overseeing construction projects and the maintenance of JFRD’s 58 fire stations.
Recently appointed by Mayor Lenny Curry as the Division Chief of Fire Operations for JFRD, Powers will oversee the department’s largest division. His responsibilities include managing more than 900 fire suppression personnel assigned to the Operations Division and Administrative Services Division. He is charged with improving the city’s fire protection classification, which affects all homeowners and commercial insurance policies, implementing new national best practices and standards, and continuing to ensure the delivery of the highest level of service our customers have come to expect from JFRD.