FL Chief Nixes Handing Over Station to Town

Dec. 7, 2023
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Patrick Kennedy said it would be reckless to lease a station to Jupiter.

Jupiter has a new fire truck, but no station.

The newly created department is slated to open in 2026 but exactly where is still up in the air.

And, Palm Beach Fire Rescue has flatly refused to lease one of its stations as town officials proposed, according to WPBF.

 “I want to be clear that Palm Beach County Fire Rescue has other communities that benefit from PBCFR’s response from station 18, and it is our intention to continue serving them with the same services they expect and deserve. It would be premature and frankly reckless at this point to consider removing station 18 from our resource list,” Chief Patrick Kennedy responded to Jupiter officials.

Residents became irate when a town consultant suggested building the stations in green space areas.

 Officials backed away and dropped it announcing: “Land acquired through the Open Space Bond Program will not be used for a JFRD fire station. The Town has not yet finalized specific locations for fire stations.”