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Fire Rescue Crews Move into Station 15 in St. Johns County
Fire Rescue Crews Move into Station 15 in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The fire station that has been sitting unoccupied is now operational.

Fire Station 15 is now ready to provide coverage to areas in north-central St. Johns County including Kensington, Walden Chase, Las Calinas, Pine Island and Nease High School along the U.S. 1 corridor.

According to St. Johns County Fire Rescue spokesman Jeremy Robshaw, the additional station will allow relief for areas such as the World Golf Village, County Road 210, Nocatee and Palm Valley since surrounding fire stations won't have to range as far out of their zones.

A SAFER Grant -- Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response -- from the Department of Homeland Security is providing the money to staff the station, 12 firefighters whose shifts will keep the station operating 24/7 for two years.

The grant was based on the condition that the county provide funding for the third year, and the county agreed to the condition even though there are concerns about the solvency of the county fire fund in 2013.

Public safety won out over money, and the money was approved in March. The ensuing months have been spent training the staff and preparing the station, which features an advanced life support engine.

St. Johns County is planning an open house for the new station, located on Pine Island Road, in the fall.

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