City officials open a new fire station on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023, on the Northside of Jacksonville. | Eric Prosswimmer, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue DepartmentCity officials open a new fire station on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023, on the Northside of Jacksonville. | Eric Prosswimmer, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department
City officials open a new fire station on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023, on the Northside of Jacksonville. | Eric Prosswimmer, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department

New fire station boosts response in North Jacksonville

Published on October 23, 2023 at 3:06 pm

A fire station that officially opened Monday is expected to reduce response times in a busy section of North Jacksonville.

Station 64 is the ninth fire station the city has started in the past three years. It is just west of Interstate 95 on the site of a former bank near many businesses and homes.

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The new station’s fire engine and rescue unit also will help nearby Stations 34 and 37. It’s at the busy area of Harts Road and Dunn Avenue. It was budgeted at more than $8 million for land purchase, construction and new equipment.

Fire Chief Keith Powers said the fast-growing Northside community is one of the areas most in need of fire stations.

“It was taking surrounding companies coming in here to fill this gap — it would take 6 or 7 minutes (to respond),” Powers told News4Jax. “Where now it’s going to be down to a 2-, 3-, 4-minute range.”

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author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 email Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.

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