Jacksonville Fire and Rescue

Shannon Greene / WJCT News

A Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department transport unit is often the first stop for who somebody who's overdosed.  

“They are going to be extremely cyanotic due to the lack of breathing,”said Jacksonville Rescue Division Chief David Castleman in response to what he's encountered treating overdoses. "They’re going to be blue. Unresponsive completely."

As more addicts on the First Coast are turning to heroin for their highs, overdoses have skyrocketed.



Tomorrow, Jan. 1, a new Florida law aimed at preventing fire deaths goes into effect. Smoke alarms installed in homes must be powered by either electricity or so-called “permanent" batteries.

Before the change, fire alarms in new or remodeled homes had to be connected to the house’s electricity. Now, builders and residents replacing old smoke alarms have another option: a device with a tamper-proof battery that lasts 10 years.

Stand Your Ground, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, and human trafficking are in the headlines today.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Medicaid expansion are in the headlines today.

James Croft / City of Jacksonville

The city of Jacksonville has been awarded a nearly $6 million federal grant to hire 67 positions in the Fire and Rescue Department over the next two years.

Nikolai Vitti, David Jolly, and Curtis Reeves are in the headlines today.

Local cancer study to keep test results for research, a shrimp boat in peril this morning off Ponte Vedra, and a first for a state execution are in the headlines today.

Kevin Meerschaert


  A fast-growing local area is getting a new fire station.

Local officials gathered this morning to break ground in Jacksonville’s Bartram Springs neighborhood.

The area, in Southeast Jacksonville near the border with St. Johns County, has been in need of a fire station for several years.

The $2.4 million project is expected to be completed by early next year.

Kevin Meerschaert

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Baldwin Mayor Stan Totman were on hand to introduce a new rescue unit for the Baldwin Fire Station. Before now, the closest Rescue Unit to Baldwin was seven miles away on Beaver Street.

Along with the Rescue unit, the full time staff of the station will increase from two to four. Jacksonville Fire Chief Marty Senterfitt says that's important because the increase in protection is expected to help lower home owner insurance rates for Baldwin residents.