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Holley Navarre Fire feeds the hungry

Holley Navarre Fire feeds the hungry

Holley Navarre Fire Department made sure families would not be going hungry this Thanksgiving as part of their annual meal purchase. Firefighter Dan Davidson said Holley Navarre Fire has been providing meals for families in need on Thanksgiving continuously since 2008 when the department became full-time, paid. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 […]

Firefighter union raising money for Spectrum House scholarship

Firefighter union raising money for Spectrum House scholarship

The Holley Navarre Professional Firefighters Association is hosting a charity golf tournament Friday at Hidden Creek Golf Course in Navarre. The union does some type of charity event each year, raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the past, and this will be the first time a golf tournament is being done. Read the […]

Firefighters riding with angel Mason

Firefighters riding with angel Mason

Navarre Beach firefighters were riding with an angel last week. The firefighters were escorted in spirit by Mason Sturms, a 4-year-old from Jacksonville. Mason died suddenly from meningitis Sept. 6, but since then he has made a huge impact, said father Ralph Sturms. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Lightning causes fire at Turkey Creek home

Lightning causes fire at Turkey Creek home

Thunderheads rolling through Navarre are being blamed for a fire that severely damaged a home in Navarre Monday morning. Located along Turkey Creek Road, the house fire was apparently caused by a lightning strike to the back corner of the house according to Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton. “The house was unoccupied at the time. […]

Firefighters cheer arrival of new lifesaving tools

Firefighters cheer arrival of new lifesaving tools

Patrons of Firehouse Subs are often asked, “Do you want to round up to support local first responders?” Every time someone opts to round up the tab, the extra change goes to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, as does a portion of every sale made at the restaurant franchise. Read the full article in […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. FATHER RECALLS COMPOUND SUSPECT AS HIGH-STRUNG, NOT RADICAL A Muslim cleric who leads a well-known New York City mosque says he never believed his son, who is at the center of the New Mexico abuse case, was extreme enough to kill anyone. 2. WHO HAS REMOVED HIMSELF FROM KANSAS VOTE COUNT Kansas Secretary of […]

Holley Navarre Fire pins two new firefighters

Holley Navarre Fire pins two new firefighters

Holley Navarre Fire District pinned two new firefighters July 13. Mike Ritter and Kailey White started working in the district July 3. Chief Ron Norton said both bring a lot of experience to the table. The two were selected from five applicants based on experience, qualifications and testing. Read the full article in the July […]

New mattresses donated to Navarre Beach fire station

New mattresses donated to Navarre Beach fire station

Navarre Beach Fire Captain Corey Mayhew, firefighter Jason Mohamed, Fire Chief Danny Fureigh and firefighter Jack Naquin accepted three new Tempur-Pedic mattresses July 10 from Thane Taylor and Steve Branham, co-owners of The Sleep Center Superstore in Pensacola. The Sleep Center and Rotary Clubs in Northwest Florida partnered to donate more than $20,000 in mattresses […]

Firefighters recognized for early-morning water rescue

Firefighters recognized for early-morning water rescue

Firefighter Grant Winterberry, firefighter Chris Jines and Capt. Sean Hughes received special recognitions from Fire Chief Danny Fureigh and the Navarre Beach Fire Commissioners July 11 for their work to rescue a man and his young daughter on Navarre Beach in the morning before lifeguards had arrived for duty. On June 18 the victims were […]

Lifeguard, firefighter training carries new weight

Lifeguard, firefighter training carries new weight

  On the evening of March 24, Navarre Beach firefighters were called to Tower 3 for multiple distressed swimmers, including children, caught in a rip current. Local military retiree Michael Robidoux entered the water to save the children. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Fire department seeks updated extrication gear

Fire department seeks updated extrication gear

When firefighters arrive at the scene of an accident where someone is trapped inside the wreckage, it is often a race against time. Vehicles can become mangled beyond recognition and tossed onto medians, against trees, on the road and into ditches. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Fire district welcomes three

Fire district welcomes three

The Holley Navarre Fire District welcomed three new firefighters to the fold, accomplishing part of the additional staff needed to fully staff the district. Read the full article in the Mar. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 days […]

Firefighters receive Life Saving medal

Firefighters receive Life Saving medal

Nov. 12, 2017, a medical call in Navarre for an unconscious man is received by 911 dispatchers. A person is unconscious and not breathing. Dispatch relays the call to Holley Navarre Fire District Station 41. The next piece of information tells the firefighters that the patient’s condition is rapidly declining. He is in cardiac arrest. […]

UF Shands partners with helicopter service

UF Shands partners with helicopter service

In a life-threatening emergency, Santa Rosa County residents receive care from the men and women of Lifeguard EMS and firefighters/paramedics. When it becomes clear that an ambulance is not enough, they call in the helicopter. This fleet of flying ambulances is crewed by trained flight clinicians who can provide crucial life-sustaining care while in the […]

Navarre Beach appoints new fire chief

Navarre Beach appoints new fire chief

In an unusually large turnout, the meeting room of Regency Condominiums was full Jan. 5 as the Navarre Beach Fire District board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Danny Fureigh as the new fire chief. Board chair John Lewis joked that he did not realize Fureigh had so many friends. He then had Fureigh take […]

Service dog killed in fire

Service dog killed in fire

Multiple 911 calls came in Thursday morning as neighbors of a home on Musket Drive in Navarre spotted smoke and flames in Colonial Pines Estates. Within seven minutes firefighters were on scene. When they arrived flames were visible from the house. The woman who resides in the residence had exited the home, but she told […]

Fire damages Sleepy Bay home

Fire damages Sleepy Bay home

“Residential structure fire at 7843 Sleepy Bay Boulevard,” called the Santa Rosa County dispatcher to Holley Navarre Fire District, Midway, Navarre Beach and Florosa Fire Departments. When the first truck arrived on scene the smoke could be seen coming out of the ventilation pipes on the roof. The fire was in the kitchen. Read the […]

Area firefighters take part in important training sessions

Area firefighters take part in important training sessions

Holley-Navarre Fire District Battalion Chief Howie Rounsaville has been waiting quite some time to hold a large-scale extrication training session. It came to fruition Thursday and Friday as firefighters from Pensacola to Marianna were in town for training that will prove vital to them in doing their job successfully and safely. The training was a […]

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 […]

Drowning call on Navarre Beach

Drowning call on Navarre Beach

Emergency personnel responded to a drowning call on Navarre Beach in front of Springhill Suites by Marriott Thursday afternoon. A woman was reportedly receiving CPR at the water’s edge. Lifeguard Air Ambulance was dispatched to the scene, landing on Gulf Boulevard but it is believed the woman was not airlifted.  The aircrew was seen getting […]

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 […]

Training prepares first responders for the worst

Training prepares first responders for the worst

The hallway is quiet and dark except for the rasping breath and hushed whimpers of the shooting victims inside. They are waiting for rescue in the wake of the unthinkable. Suddenly flashlights illuminate the hallway as Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies, tailed by a team of Midway Fire District firefighters, rush to their aid. The team […]

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 […]

Firefighter Challenge benefits children with autism

Firefighter Challenge benefits children with autism

Navarre Beach Fire Station was abuzz Sunday as Uplift Fitness ladies took on the Firefighter Challenge. The event was a joint effort by the Navarre Beach Fire Station, Uplift Fitness and Emerald Coast Exceptional Families (ECEF). Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little […]

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.

Deputies describe how they spent Thanksgiving night

Deputies describe how they spent Thanksgiving night

Two police officers are being credited with rescuing a Navarre woman in a Thanksgiving night fire. Deputy James Moye says he was less than a mile away when he heard a residential fire call dispatched, with witnesses reporting flames showing. “I didn’t even have time to turn on my lights and siren and I was […]

First responders demonstrate rescue skills

First responders demonstrate rescue skills

Santa Rosa County first responders participated in a mock response to a three-car accident Thursday, Nov. 17, on Avalon Boulevard to show off techniques to the Leadership Santa Rosa Class 30 and other members of the public during their annual Mock Catastrophic Vehicle Accident (MVA). Read the full article in the Nov. 24 issue of […]

Navarre says ‘yes’ to fire referendum

Navarre says ‘yes’ to fire referendum

Watching the election results from the comfort of his home, Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton heaved a big sigh of relief with the unofficial results Tuesday night from the Supervisor of Elections Office. The citizens of the fire district, with the exception of Holley, spoke loudly in support of an increase in the fire-assessment fees […]

Vote yes on Holley-Navarre Fire District referendum

Vote yes on Holley-Navarre Fire District referendum

Our safety is on the line This election is indeed as important as they come.  Who will be our next president?  United States Senator? State Representative? Will the medical marijuana law be expanded?  And for all the residents in Navarre and Holley, the life safety issue is will we vote yes to raise the fire-assessment […]

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 […]