3 MORE LOCAL NEWS now... Three Jacksonville fire stations are being converted from Engine Companies to Squad Companies. The change is a response to a deadly fire last year in South Georgia. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem shows us how these new companies will help both firefighters ..and you. 3 00-0827-3555-58128-131Three new squad companies are stationed in St.Nicholas, Riverside and the Northside. The man who came up with the idea is Chief of Operations for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, Kurtis Wilson.) He got the idea from a tragedy in Waycross in December...a firefighter lost his life fighting a fire Wilson says might have been prevented if firefighters had special training and units devoted to saving another firefighter in danger.Kurtis Wilson, Chief of Operations for the JFRD 22:33 We started looking at our own policies are procedures in the event something like that happens here are we prepared for it and we very quickly realized we can do a much better job than where we were at.These three new squad companies will also benefit us.24:39 In the event where you have a car wreck something- and MVA with entrapment things like that where as you would initially have to wait on a ladder company to show up in these areas of town) these companies now have the capability to start working and cutting folks out of carsSU: 38:45 Firefighters train for hundreds of hours to join these new squads34:07 NAT POPWe rode along with one of the new squads and learned more about what they do...) In addition to its regular engine duties, Station 5 in Riverside will assist with Urban Search and Rescue - which means they're trained to help people who are trapped. And, Station 12 in St.Nicholas will assist with Radiation and Hazardous Materials - which means they're trained to clean up chemicals and other items. Finally Station 37 in the Northside will help with flammable liquids.Randy Wyse, President of Jacksonville Fire Union 02:19:44;18- you'll actually have more firefighters on the scene and I think that will greatly enhance the service we provide to the citizensThe squads are designed to increase effectiveness by concentrating specialized personnel and equipment at three locations instead of being scattered throughout the City on different engines. AM C4 TLS.