“I have been briefed by JFRD Fire Chief, Keith Powers, that 214 firefighters are now in self-quarantine as a result of contact guidelines established by the CDC for COVID-19. As of this evening, 14 have tested positive for the virus,” Mayor Lenny Curry said.
“I’ve been closely monitoring the health and safety of our fire fighters since Chief Powers first informed me earlier this week that two had tested positive for the coronavirus. Our ability to protect and serve the citizens of Jacksonville is reliant on keeping our first responders healthy. This means following CDC guidelines in the event they come in contact with anyone who tests positive for COVID-19,” Mayor Curry added.
“Weeks ago, I asked the City Council to pass emergency legislation to allow recently retired fire fighters to return to work, if necessary, to assist with the pandemic. We are grateful to have this tool available and are confident that this, in addition to the recent directive issued by Chief Powers outlining additional safety protocols, will allow us to protect our first responders and continue to provide services to our citizens.”