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St. Johns County Fire Rescue Plans To Grow; Public Meetings Scheduled

St. Johns Fire Rescue Department

The latest U.S. Census Bureau numbers show St. Johns County added about 11,000 residents between mid-2017 and mid-2018, making it one of the fastest-growth counties in the nation.

The county’s population has grown almost 34% since 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

More people means more potential fires and victims in need of rescue. So the St. Johns County Fire Rescue Department is developing a master plan for future fire station locations, staffing, funding and equipment needs.

As part of the planning, the department is hosting two public meetings to get feedback regarding priorities and expectations for public safety services.

The meetings are scheduled to run less than two hours each and will include light refreshments. Participants will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire.

A facilitator will also be on hand to encourage discussion to better understand the community’s views on the department's planning, services, staffing, response times, and cost.

Meeting Dates, Locations

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.