The Town of Jupiter has an interlocal agreement with Palm Beach County for the delivery of fire and EMS services within Town boundaries. The current interlocal agreement ends on September 30, 2023, so in advance of that, in the spring of 2022, the Town and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue began negotiations for a new interlocal agreement. Between June 2022 and August 2023, fire rescue topics were on the agenda at nine different public Town Council meetings, and public comment was allowed. Because initial proposals from PBCFR to continue to provide service to Jupiter involved much higher costs with no increase in service levels, Council approved a consultant contract at one of those meetings to perform a study on Jupiter’s fire rescue options. The independent consultant provided Town Council with four options, two of which were to remain with PBCFR, or to start a Town fire department. When an interlocal agreement was reached with PBCFR in April 2023, several Council members remained concerned about the projected rise in costs from PBCFR. In July, 2023, Town Council requested an update to the consultant study, which showed Jupiter could save its taxpayers approximately $68 million between 2026 and 2033 by starting the Jupiter Fire Rescue Department (JFRD). The new department would provide Town Council local control over the costs, operations and levels of service going forward. Based on this updated information, Town Council voted to begin the JFRD and cancel the 10-year interlocal agreement with PBCFR (which contained a 36-month cancellation clause).