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JFRD increases fire response man power Andrew Capasso, First Coast News

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After Jacksonville firefighters came back from the funeral for a firefighter killed in the line of duty in Waycross, GA, officials decided they need to do more for firefighter safety.

"It's all part of that mindset - making sure firefighters are safe and making sure there's plenty of help there if needed," said Randy Wyse, President of the Jacksonville Firefighters Association.

Specialized firefighters are called to every scene to be ready in case there's an emergency with a firefighter. For the last several months, the number of firefighters devoted to safety of their own have increased from 4 to 10.

"If something happens to one of the firefighters - they can go in and rescue them," said Wyse.

Kurt Wilson, the Chief of Operations told First Coast News, "We want to make sure if something happens here, we have the best, highly trained people to help get them out."

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