In my budget address last year, I committed to ensuring that there was a rescue unit in every fire station and every community in Jacksonville. Today, I can proudly say that we achieved that goal.
Last week, we announced four new rescue units now in service that will help reduce response times and assist in supporting citizens who make nearly 1,000 calls each month for service. Rescues 37, 17, 44, and 61 are serving citizens in the Imeson, Woodstock Park, Baymeadows and Argyle areas. In addition, the Budget Review Committee approved funding for three additional Rescues (11, 12 and 41) serving the Talleyrand, Empire Point and Mayport communities.
As mayor, my top priority is public safety, and that commitment extends to our first responders in fire and emergency medical services. This expansion is the largest in JFRD history, and builds upon our status as the largest all advanced life support fire/rescue department in the country. These new units will save lives with quicker response times and more efficient services to emergencies.
I am always inspired by the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by the men and women of JFRD. Our Fire Department has a long history of demonstrated leadership and innovation in their approaches to public safety. In fact, JFRD was the first department in the nation to implement a fire-based Emergency Medical Service in 1967, more than fifty years ago.
This is a tremendous accomplishment, made possible with strong support from City Council and leadership at JFRD. I remain committed to providing the support and resources our first responders need to protect the lives of Jacksonville citizens.
See photos from the Feb. 13, 2019 Ribbon Cutting for Rescue 37