South Jacksonville Fire Department Moves Forward

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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Rich Evans calls South Jacksonville home, but South Jacksonville isn’t just home, it’s where he is living his lifelong dream – a dream of being a fireman. Evans says, “Growing up, I always wanted to be a firemen, but in the back of my head, [being fire chief] was my goal.” Today, Evans serves as fire chief for the South Jacksonville Fire Department (SJFD). He says, “I look forward to moving the department forward and bettering it [every day].”

Evans began his story with a smile, “I’ve lived within a two block radius of [the fire department] all my life.” His father served as a volunteer firefighter for 35 plus years and retired as assistant chief for the South Jacksonville Fire Department. As a boy, he would often be found just in the department – hanging out. Evans said, “I couldn’t wait to turn 21 and get on with the department.”

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