Since the start of hurricane season on June 1, we have already seen eight named storms form in the Atlantic Ocean.
As we think about the potential impact these storms could have on our city, we are reminded of the importance of emergency personnel and operations.
I had the privilege of witnessing the dedication of the Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department (JFRD) during the response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Matthew last year. The people of the JFRD Department are some of the most professional and committed public servants I’ve ever met.
The budget I proposed this year includes 42 fire fighter positions and equipment critical to their safety and mission. Equipment like new bunker gear and respirators, diesel exhaust extractors for engine bays, and increased investments in our fleet. It also contains $12 million for an adequate primary and back-up 911 system.
All-in-all, the 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) includes recommendations for nine new fire stations throughout our community to improve the lives and safety of citizens.
All of these investments are built on one goal: to better protect the lives and safety of Jacksonville citizens. Please know that your City of Jacksonville representatives commit to that.