Jacksonville Beach city leaders met Monday night and voted in favor of a plan to merge the city’s fire department with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.
The City of Jacksonville still has to vote. If the merger happens, JFRD would provide services to people living in Jacksonville Beach. The proposal has been faced with opposition. According to a recent poll conducted by the University of North Florida, 46% of registered voters who were surveyed support Jacksonville Beach contracting out its fire services to the city of Jacksonville, while 41% oppose it.
Some in favor of the move said it would make a positive difference by providing better staffing to prevent fatigue and would also increase the opportunities for promotion and improve training.
Those against the proposal worry it would make response times longer.