Jackson County BOCC
Jackson County Fire Rescue is a career department located in and serving Jackson County in the rural Panhandle of Florida. We are the sole provider of Advanced Life Support EMS and fire suppression within our county, which covers 955 square miles. We currently have thirty six (36) combat employees, all certified Firefighter II, and all certified as EMTs or Paramedics in the State of Florida.
Fire Rescue has four (4) stations located throughout the county. The stations are located in Marianna, Campbellton, Alford and Sneads. Each station is manned by three (3) working shifts.
Inter-local agreements are maintained with eleven (11) local municipalities and volunteer fire departments. The county’s budget provides for some financial assistance to provide equipment. The local volunteer fire departments allow us to utilize additional man power as needed.
Members of Jackson County Fire Rescue must be dual certified and are required to obtain their firefighter license within one year of hire date. There are a total of twenty one (21) Paramedic/Firefighters and fifteen (15) EMTs/Firefighters. All EMS units are staffed to a minimum of one (1) EMT/FF and one (1) Paramedic/FF.
The Marianna Fire Station located on County Road 267 was a joint collaboration between the City of Marianna and the Jackson County Board of County Commissioners to provide a fire station to the distribution center and surrounding areas. – See more at: http://careers.ffca.org/c/copro.cfm?site_id=5735&co=757146#sthash.OYZY2kK9.dpuf
Jackson County was created by the Florida Territorial Council in 1822 out of Escambia County, along with Duval County out of St. Johns County, making them the third and fourth counties in the Territory. The county was named for Andrew Jackson, who had served as Florida’s first military governor for six months in 1821. Jackson County originally extended from the Choctawhatchee River on the west to the Suwannee River on the east. The county had been reduced close to its present boundaries by 1840 through the creation of new counties from its original territory. Minor adjustments to the county boundaries continued through most of the 19th century, however.
There were no towns in Jackson County when it was formed. The first county court met at what was called “Robinson’s Big Spring” (later called Blue Springs) in 1822 and then at the “Big Spring of the Choctawhatchee” in 1823. The following year the county court met at “Chipola Settlement” which is also known as Waddell’s Mill Pond. Marianna became the county seat, but not without controversy. It was founded by Robert Beveridge, a native of Scotland, in September 1827.
The first town established in Jackson County was Webbville in January 1827. Webbville, a community of land squatters, was located nine miles northwest of present day Marianna and was designated as the county seat. Webbville thrived until 1828 when Beveridge and other Marianna settlers went to Tallahassee and enticed the Florida Legislature with free land, construction of a courthouse, a public square and $500 to purchase a quarter section of land to be sold at public auction as a way to finance the new government, if the county seat was moved to Marianna.
Beveridge and his supporters succeeded and Marianna became the county seat of the county justice and civil authority, even though it was never officially proclaimed the county seat. Marianna began to grow and prosper when the county government moved into the new courthouse in 1829. Webbville’s prominent citizens moved to Marianna and the L&N Railroad decided to bypass the town. Webbville does not exist today.
Jackson County recognizes certain days during the year as paid holidays for its employees. The following days will be observed as paid holidays for County Employees:
- New Year’s Day January 1
- Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday 3rd Monday of January
- Good Friday Friday prior to Easter
- Memorial Day Last Monday in May
- Independence Day July 4
- Labor Day First Monday in September
- Veteran’s Day November 11
- Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November
- Friday after Thanksgiving Fourth Friday in November
- Day Before or After Christmas
- Christmas Day December 25
Personal Leave Day Employee’s choice with supervisor approval – See more at: http://careers.ffca.org/c/copro.cfm?site_id=5735&co=757146#sthash.OYZY2kK9.dpuf