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JFRD changes protocols after shooting

Trucks, equipment to be kept inside when not being used on calls

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department has changed some of its protocols after someone drove by and fired shots at a crew fueling up their truck.

On Tuesday, a bullet created debris that cut firefighter Michael Reid while he was outside Fire Station 28 on the Southside.

Division Chief of Rescue Ivan Mote told News4Jax that trucks and other equipment will now be kept indoors at city fire stations when firefighters are not responding to calls.

Leadership is also reminding firefighters to wait for police to arrive at any violent crime scene considered unsafe for fire or rescue crews.

"The shooting that took place at Station 28 was random, and I don't think we could have ever prepared for something like that," Mote said. "But we've also reviewed our own policies as to situational awareness and making sure we have all the complete information when the dispatch is initially dispatched, so that our people have enough information to determine what they're running into."

Investigators said the firefighters were apparently targeted but there was no indication that the shooting was connected to recent police shootings in New York and Missouri. 


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