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Dedication Ceremony for Nassau County Fire Station 71

Media Release
Office of the Nassau County Manager
June 11, 2021

Nassau County, Florida, June 11, 2021 – On Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 4:00 p.m., a Dedication Ceremony will be held in celebration of the grand opening of Nassau County Fire Rescue Station 71, located at 96262 Chester Rd., Yulee, FL.

The property was provided to the County in 2004 through a public-private partnership with Matovina and Associates, the developer for the Heron Isles community, who conveyed the property to the County for a future fire station to accommodate the rapidly growing Yulee area.

District Three County Commissioner, Jeff Gray, stated, “As a County Commissioner, our number one responsibility is the health, safety and wellbeing of the residents of Nassau County. This new station does just that. It will improve emergency response times and the quality of services for the residents in which it serves”.

The 8,453 square foot facility features 3 bays with an engine, rescue unit and a tanker. The facility also features 11 sleeping quarters, 4.5 restrooms, a common area with a living room and kitchen, as well as an exercise room. The station will house a Battalion Chief to lead the emergency personnel assigned to each shift. 

Nassau County Fire Chief, Brady Rigdon, stated, “Fire station 71 is by far the crown jewel of the Nassau County Fire Rescue Department and one that all Nassau County citizens can be proud of. Several of our members have been involved in the design, which has been ongoing for several years, and the men and women of our department are thrilled to see it finally completed. The station meets our current needs and also provides room for future department expansion. We look forward to providing outstanding service to the surrounding community from this new facility. Thank you to the Board of County Commissioners for their unwavering support of your Fire Rescue department”

The project was a design-build project with the RAM Group completing the initial design and Core Construction completing the design and construction. Nassau County owns the plans, which may now be used for future stations, in lieu of having to hire a firm to design future stations. This will not only save the County money on future projects, it will also save time in the construction process. 

The public is invited to attend the Dedication Ceremony which will include messages from your Elected Officials, the Fire Chief, and a brief tour of the station. We look forward to seeing you there!

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