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Sources: 60 Jacksonville firefighters in self-quarantine

Another firefighter tests positive for COVID-19

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Another Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19, the mayor’s office said Friday.

It was not immediately known which fire station the firefighter was from.

On Thursday, the city said a firefighter from a Southside firehouse had tested positive for COVID-19.

Sources told News4Jax on Friday there are now 60 firefighters out on self-quarantine.

These are not the first firefighters from JFRD to test positive for the coronavirus or to self-quarantine.

In April, the Jacksonville City Council passed two emergency bills that allow former JFRD members and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police and corrections officers to come out of retirement to help respond to the coronavirus crisis. Randy Wyse, president of the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters, said Friday there have not been any retired firefighters called in to help at this time.

“They keep extra staffing every day, so they will use up all that staffing, so if more is needed, they will hire overtime to help cover the spots,” Wyse said.

Wyse said JFRD is taking as many precautions as possible to stop the spread.

Servpro on Thursday was sanitizing JFRD apparatus that was brought to the Fire Academy off Beach Boulevard. The company was set to do it again Friday at the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters union hall on Stockton Street.

The deep cleaning was scheduled before the latest firefighters tested positive.


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