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First Coast Connect

A discussion with Fire Chief Keith Powers

Jacksonville Fire Chief Keith Powers shows the two new critical care rescue units in James Weldon Johnson Park Downtown, joined by the men and women who have been trained to operate them.
Dan Scanlan
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WJCT News 89.9
Jacksonville Fire Chief Keith Powers shows the two new critical care rescue units in James Weldon Johnson Park Downtown.

From reviving pensions to securing firefighter pay raises, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Chief Keith Powers has had a banner year. But he’s also experienced the stress that comes with leading more than 1,800 employees who are often doing very dangerous work. He sits down with guest host Dan Scanlan to discuss what’s new in his department and reflect on his two decades with the agency.

Then, historian, educator and JaxPsychoGeo blogger Tim Gilmore shares the true story behind the architecturally significant Bobby Jacobs house (and the murder that stains its memory).

And, Alisa Pollard Seymore is a business owner who works with at-risk girls on the city’s Eastside to try to empower them and enrich their daily lives. She is founder and president of the nonprofit Princess & Co.

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Anne Schindler joined WJCT News 89.9 as host of First Coast Connect in October 2023, after nearly three decades in Jacksonville print and television. Anne has worked in the Jacksonville media market since 1995, first as a reporter for the original Folio Weekly, then as the publication’s editor-in-chief from 2002 until her departure. In 2012, Anne transitioned to television as executive producer of special projects for First Coast News, Northeast Florida’s NBC and ABC affiliates. You can reach Anne at <a href="mailto:aschindler@wjct.org">aschindler@wjct.org</a>.