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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 districts weigh options for study

Fire districts weigh options for study

The three area fire departments decided Tuesday morning at the Midway Fire District how it would move forward with allocating expenses for a feasibility study on the consolidation of the departments. Five options were presented, with the fifth option dividing up the $35,000 equally ($11,666.67), but representatives from Midway Fire District, Holley-Navarre Fire District and […]

Fire districts inch toward consolidation

Fire districts inch toward consolidation

A meeting at Midway Fire District was held Thursday to discuss a feasibility study for consolidating Navarre Beach Fire Department, Holley Navarre Fire District and Midway. Midway Commissioner Dave Szymanski called the legislative process for combining the three agencies  “a tedious and daunting task” and laid out a timeline for getting a vote on consolidation […]

Fire districts talk consolidation

Fire districts talk consolidation

No matter where it occurs from Midway to Navarre Beach, a reported structure fire will bring all engines and personnel available. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Apartment fire under investigation

Apartment fire under investigation

State Fire Marshals are investigating the early morning fire that broke out at the Reserve Apartments Friday, Aug. 5, in Midway. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office and Midway Fire Department responded to the 5:37 a.m. fire according to Sheriff’s Office press release. The blaze was contained to one unit in building 11 of the complex. No […]

Microburst leaves path of damage

Microburst leaves path of damage

At around 6:15 p.m. Monday evening a line of severe thunderstorms steamrolled through Navarre leaving power outages, trees down and other damage in its wake. The storm began in southeast Mississippi and traveled through Alabama and into the Florida panhandle. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to […]

Beach leaseholders approve fire tax increase

Beach leaseholders approve fire tax increase

The Navarre Beach Leaseholders approved an increase in the amount of commercial property taxes for fire protection at their monthly meeting Saturday. The current commercial rate is $900 for up to 10,000 square feet and $3,600 for more than 10,000 square feet. The new rate for commercial is $900 for the first 10,000 square feet […]

Holley-Navarre Fire District Fire Prevention Festival

Holley-Navarre Fire District Fire Prevention Festival

The Holley-Navarre Fire District celebrated National Fire Prevention Week with a Fall Festival on Oct. 10 at Navarre United Methodist Church. The festival featured games for kids, including a video game trailer and bounce house. Kids of all ages could participate in the old-fashioned bucket brigade challenge or climb up into a firetruck. Lifeguard Air […]

Boat, vehicle destroyed in Cowen Road fire

Boat, vehicle destroyed in Cowen Road fire

Firefighters responded to a report of a large pop at 1856 Cowen Road, an industrial park off of Gulf Breeze Parkway, at 1:42 p.m. Monday. Witnesses said a boat caught fire in a warehouse attached to the building, and spread to a vehicle. In addition to Gulf Breeze, Midway, Holley-Navarre, Navarre Beach and Escambia departments responded to […]

Man drowns at Navarre Beach

Man drowns at Navarre Beach

One man drowned and four others were sent to the hospital after lifeguards and Navarre Beach firefighters pulled eight people from a rip current Wednesday afternoon. The Navarre Beach Fire Department responded to a call at a little after 2 p.m. behind 7909 Gulf Blvd., according to Chief Mike Howard. “It was chaos when we […]

Midway Fire District celebrates 50 years

Midway Fire District celebrates 50 years

Incorporated in September 1963, the Midway Fire District has been serving Gulf Breeze residents for more than 50 years. But the district has come a long way from its humble beginnings when it first started out as a volunteer fire department that did not have a permanent station until the 1970s. To read more, subscribe online or pick […]