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Holley Navarre Fire Department Awards

Holley Navarre Fire Department Awards

Holley Navarre Fire District Chief Ron Norton presented three Life Saving Award medals to firefighters who saved the life of Larry Berry. The award recipients were Lt. Shawn Laws, Engineer Johnny Robertson and Firefighter Kailey White. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

Hall named firefighter of the year

Hall named firefighter of the year

Michael Hall was named the Holley Navarre Fire District Firefighter of the Year at an awards dinner Dec. 14 at Hidden Creek. The award is given to a firefighter who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities, is an outstanding firefighter and provides service to the district above the normal level. Read the full article in the […]

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Whether clad in jumpsuits, wetsuits, swimsuits or just plain old suits, Navarre Beach residents and visitors spend the first day of each year sloshing into the frigid waters along the shore in the classic New Year’s tradition of plunging. The start of 2019 will be no exception, with two events coming to Navarre this year. […]

Holley Navarre fire trucks receive historic welcome

Holley Navarre fire trucks receive historic welcome

Holley Navarre Fire District welcomed two brand-new fire engines Saturday alongside community members in a traditional Wet-Down and Push-in Ceremony. Fire Chief Ron Norton did the honors of wetting down the new trucks, a practice inspired by times past when horse-drawn fire engines would get soaked by transferring water from the old engine to the […]

Lightning suspected cause of beach structure fire

Lightning suspected cause of beach structure fire

Firefighters from multiple districts responded to a house fire Tuesday afternoon at 7634 Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach. At roughly 3:20 p.m., vacationer R.J. Clarkston noticed smoke coming from a house a few lots down from his vacation rental. Read the full article in the July 12 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for […]

A house burned – where are the fire hydrants?

A house burned – where are the fire hydrants?

Wednesday, before Thanksgiving, a home on Tupelo Street burned. It was fully involved when the Holley Navarre Fire District and other agencies arrived – and what they discovered was not unusual for them. There was no fire hydrant on the street. Instead of hooking up to a hydrant to fight the fire, they had to […]

Mutual aid agreements crucial for area fire districts

Mutual aid agreements crucial for area fire districts

When flames peeked out from a dryer in a home in Midway Aug. 31, the resident’s teenaged occupant called 911. She was home alone. Within 60 seconds the dispatcher on the other end of the line had told her to evacuate and released a call to firefighters for help. Over the radio system all Midway […]

Fire district’s bold increase angers payers

Fire district’s bold increase angers payers

Navarre residents received two tax notices in the mail this year. Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser Greg Brown sent out TRIM (Truth in Millage) notices of proposed ad-valorem taxes, but for the first time of his tenure he declined to send the Holley Navarre Fire Department (HNFD) assessment increase notices. “That’s an option I have,” […]

Fire district assessment ignites citizen concerns

Fire district assessment ignites citizen concerns

Notices for Holley-Navarre Fire District’s non-ad valorem assessments are arriving in mailboxes, and some property owners are expressing concerns about the listed dollar amounts. Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton said his office fielded more than 100 phone calls between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Aug. 9. Of those calls, “99 percent of them have been […]

County officials scramble for flood control answers

County officials scramble for flood control answers

From requiring developers to dig deeper stormwater retention ponds to imposing new fees on residents that would pay for better drainage, a task force of Santa Rosa residents, county officials and engineers is recommending measures to fight flooding. The strategies are detailed in a draft report from the group that is scheduled to be discussed […]

Picnic honors military members, sacrifice

Picnic honors military members, sacrifice

Under the slogan “We love our military,” the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee celebrated Military Appreciation month with a community picnic in Navarre Park. Volunteers from the Military Affairs Committee manned the grill and others worked the food tent, providing free meals for military families. Read the full article in the […]

Historic firetruck riddled by bullets

Historic firetruck riddled by bullets

Shooting of a storage shed in Holley last week has left a piece of Santa Rosa County’s history in rough shape. At the Holley Ball Fields off state road 87, there is a tan painted shed constructed of cinder blocks. Multiple light fixtures have been broken off or shattered. One light was completely stolen off […]

More firefighters needed for Holley-Navarre

More firefighters needed for Holley-Navarre

Holley-Navarre’s Fire District has grown exponentially since 2010, encompassing nearly 50 square miles with only two fire stations and five firefighters between the two at any given time.  And while the 50 square miles hasn’t expanded, the number of residents has, nearly doubling.  Yet, the district is still staffed at the same level as it […]

Stitched for bravery

Stitched for bravery

The Santa Rosa Quilters Guild, working with Quilts of Valor, presented Holley-Navarre Fire District firefighters with 15 hand-stitched quilts Thursday, Oct. 13 as a thank you for their sacrifices. They also gave a quilt to veteran John Hershel McDarris Jr. Fire Chief Ron Norton was surprised with a special quilt made from T-shirts he had […]

Growth stretches fire protection

Growth stretches fire protection

Ten years ago in 2006, voters gave Holley-Navarre Fire District the increase they asked for which gave them enough money to move from an all-volunteer force to a paid district.  Since 2006, HNFD has not asked for more money, but now HNFD Fire Chief Ron Norton hopes the voters will approve an increase in November.  […]

Round up for fire safety aids first-responders

Round up for fire safety aids first-responders

Would you like to round that up? Firehouse Subs has been asking that question of customers since 2005 when they created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The organization’s mission is to provide funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the nonprofit arm of the company, they have given […]

Increase needed for Holley-Navarre Fire

Increase needed for Holley-Navarre Fire

Many changes have taken place in Navarre during the last decade; the number of households has doubled, the population has soared, and schools are bursting at the seams. New home construction rates are up and two new apartment complexes are set to join the market in 2016. Read the full article in the Feb. 4 […]

Harris earns Firefighter of the Year honor

Harris earns Firefighter of the Year honor

Earner Harris is no stranger to being recognized as the Holley-Navarre Fireman of the Year. This year marks the third time he has received the award. He also earned the honor in 2002 and 2005. “I wasn’t expecting it but it feels special be recognized,” Harris said. “I love this job, the people I work […]

Candidates needed for empty fire commissioner seat

Candidates needed for empty fire commissioner seat

In early October, the seat 4 fire commissioner position vacated leaving an empty seat at the board’s table.  “If you live in Navarre or Holley and are qualified to vote in an election, you are qualified to serve as a commissioner for the fire district,” Fire Chief Ron Norton said.  “While you don’t have to […]

Holley-Navarre Fire District seeks new commissioner candidates

Holley-Navarre Fire District seeks new commissioner candidates

  The Holley-Navarre Fire District is seeking candidates to fill the seat 4 fire commissioner position recently vacated by William Painter.  Painter resigned for personal reasons in early October. According to Florida Statute 191, the qualified candidate is a person who resides in the district and is eligible to vote in a general election with […]

Weather fanned flames in two separate fires

Weather fanned flames in two separate fires

  While the causes of the weekend fires are still under investigation, Joe Zwierzchowski, Public Information Officer for the Florida Forest Service says low humidity and winds fanned the flames of both.  “Typically we don’t see this in the overnight hours, but low humidity and high winds make for larger flame heights, and they move […]

Fire district talks taxes

Fire district talks taxes

The need for more revenue and more personnel took center stage June 23 at the Holley-Navarre Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners monthly meeting. “It’s definitely not out of the question, it’s definitely a need, whether we do it this year or next year,” Fire Chief Ron Norton told the board. Read more in the […]