Hello, and welcome to Jacksonville’s Burning Issues, a new blog created by the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters to keep the public informed on issues regarding their public safety.
As fire fighters, issues affecting public safety would of course be our number one topic. This will of course include discussions about levels of service being provided to communities, the budget, and of course pensions. Providing commentary on this blog will be:
Larry Osborne. Larry is the 12th District Vice-President for the International Association of Fire Fighters. He is retired from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, where he was a Battalion Chief in the Rescue Division and even served a stint as the department’s Chief of Operations. He brings 40 years of labor experience to the discussion.
Randy Wyse. Randy is the President of the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters. He was first elected in 2008 and has been re-elected by acclimation since. Randy is 25 year veteran of the JFRD, having served as the District Chief of the JFRD Special Operations team, which encompasses the JFRD Hazardous Materials and Urban Search and Rescue Teams. Of his 25 years on the department, 21 of those have been spent serving on the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters Executive Board.
Mark Treglio. Mark is a 15 year veteran of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and the 1st Vice-President of the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters. He has been handling Public Relations/Social Media for the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters since 2002.
Fire Fighters are truly immersed in the communities they live in and work in. It is the hope of this blog, and its original authors, that we can expand beyond public safety issues and shed some light on other issues that are affecting our great city. With that in mind, we will be opening up the blog to special guest bloggers from time to time.
Thank you in advance for your support of our new endeavor.