Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fire, Rescue Improved by Contract, Leader Says

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fire, Rescue Improved by Contract, Leader Says

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Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer

Atlantic Beach residents have gotten better fire and rescue service since contracting with Jacksonville's fire department in 1999, said Atlantic Beach Public Safety Director David Thompson.

In a report that will be presented to the City Commission on Monday night, Thompson will try to answer questions raised by residents and elected officials about fire and rescue operations in the city.

The meeting will be at 7:15 p.m. at the commission chambers, 800 Seminole Road.

Thompson said the city entered a contract with Jacksonville to provide fire and rescue services because of low staff levels and some inexperienced personnel.

"There were times when Atlantic Beach borrowed trucks and equipment from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department for months at a time because Atlantic Beach units were tied up in long-term repairs," Thompson said in the report.

Thompson said there was a high turnover in the department, which relegated the department to a training ground for other agencies. …

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