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Firefighters and the American Red Cross give out, install smoke detectors in Jacksonville
As part of Fire Prevention Week, firefighters with Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department and members of the American Red Cross went door to door on Tuesday, giving out free smoke detectors, and installing them in some homes.
Hair raises issue for some Jacksonville firefighters who bristle at handling of policy
A group speaking on behalf of Black firefighters within the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department says an issue over hair is being used against some firefighters. The question is whether firefighters should be allowed to have braids and dreadlocks -- or whether they create a safety issue.
Photos show firefighters battle intense house fire in Bradford County
Photo shows two Bradford County firefighters bravely face a home nearly engulfed in flames. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A home in Bradford County is a complete loss after an early morning fire broke out. Bradford County firefighters responded to the blaze before 6 Thursday morning. 8:50 AM UPDATE- Crews are continuing to perform overhaul operations and the State Fire Marshal’s Office has arrived to... Posted by Bradford County Fire Rescue on Thursday, January 21, 2021No one was injured, and the homeowners were away at the time of the fire. The fire marshal is investigating the cause.
80 firefighters worked massive fire at Jacksonville trucking company
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville firefighters are working to extinguish the remaining hot spots from a massive fire in a multi-use building on New Kings Road near the intersection of Gilchrist Road in Northwest Jacksonville. A spokesperson for JFRD said the building was a place of business for a trucking company and held several storage units. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office closed both lanes of New Kings Road while firefighters are still on scene. We are learning it was a multi-use building including storage and a trucking company @wjxt4 pic.twitter.com/J2xfz9HlAO — Jennifer Ready (@JenniferReadyTV) November 25, 2020At least 10 ladders with Jacksonville Fire Rescue were on scene before 5 a.m. and a spokesperson for JFRD said about 80 firefighters were on scene. RELATED: 4 firefighters burned attempting rescue from house fireSeveral ambulances were standing-by as well in case of injury, but there were none.
4 firefighters burned attempting rescue from house fire
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Four firefighters suffered burns Tuesday while trying to rescue someone they thought was inside a burning home in the New Town neighborhood of Northwest Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department was called just after 1 p.m. and saw flames and heavy smoke coming from the house on Acorn Street near West 2nd Street. Neighbors said someone was trapped inside, so four firefighters forced their way inside and encountered high heat and flames. “Every day in this city (there are) house fires and these firefighters respond to them,” Powers said. The man who neighbors believed to still be in the house said he was not surprised the firefighters were told that someone was probably inside.
Fire extinguished at UF’s Norman Hall
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Firefighters with Gainesville Fire Rescue extinguished a fire Monday night at the University of Florida’s Norman Hall. According to Fire Rescue, because of the size of the building, it took firefighters about 30 minutes due to the heavy smoke before they located the fire. It was in a locked office on the first floor of the three story building. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire will be investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Firefighters investigate reported roof collapse at Cassat Avenue Dunkin'
Firefighters with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department were sent to scene of a reported roof collapse Tuesday evening at a Dunkin on Cassat Avenue. It wasnt immediately clear if anyone was injured. Online, the Dunkin is advertised as being open 24 hours. News4Jax is working to gather more information from investigators.
PHOTO GALLERY: Cargo ship fire
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Eight firefighters were injured Thursday when an explosion occurred while they were battling a large fire aboard a cargo ship at Blount Island, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said. According to JFRD, a ninth firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion. Above is a slideshow of photos of the ship from the Sky 4 helicopter, News4Jax, Department of Transportation cameras and JFRD.
Jacksonville firefighter battling Panhandle fire: Seeing homes destroyed ‘hits you in the gut’
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Firefighters are battling a pair of wildfires in the Panhandle that have consumed more than 2,500 acres, closed a portion of Interstate 10 and destroyed structures. JFRD Battalion Chief Trace Barrow told News4Jax on Thursday the firefighters haven’t slept since they got the call at 10 p.m. Wednesday that they would be traveling to the Panhandle. On Thursday, JFRD said, firefighters worked to put out structure fires near Milton, Florida, where the Five Mile Swamp Fire raged. “I know that just the area that we that our crews have worked, at least 10 to 12 residential houses were destroyed, completely destroyed," Barrow said. For Barrow, the hardest part is seeing families return to their now unrecognizable homes.
2 more Jacksonville firefighters test positive for COVID-19
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department have tested positive for COVID-19 and 77 have self-isolated, Mayor Lenny Curry said Monday. After the first firefighter tested positive last week, according to Powers, 47 firefighters and paramedics from all three shifts of Station 28 self-quarantined and were tested for COVID-19 while the station was being thoroughly sanitized. When the firefighters were tested for COVID-19 over the weekend, Powers said, a second firefighter tested positive and then a third. An entire shift of 10 firefighters from Station 54 has self-quarantined, according to the city. Twenty other JFRD members have self-quarantined due to other exposures unrelated to the three firefighters who tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number to 77.