Holley Navarre Fire Department

Special fire district defeated, for now

Special fire district defeated, for now

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue’s attempt to become a special fire district failed in the Oct. 8 special election, despite getting a majority of votes in favor. Of the 277 voters of Navarre Beach that cast a ballot, 154 supported the formation of an independent district, but that falls short of the 60% plus one requested […]

Truman Drive house fire leaves two dogs dead

Truman Drive house fire leaves two dogs dead

A home on Truman Drive in Navarre was already emitting smoke when the occupants, a man and his elderly mother, arrived home midday Tuesday, according to Holley Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton. They called 911 and told dispatchers their two dogs were trapped inside.   Read the full article in the Sept. 19 issue of […]

Water system explores stepping up fire protection

Water system explores stepping up fire protection

After setting increased fire protection as a top priority for the coming years, Holley Navarre Water System’s board of directors is preparing to look in August at the options available to make it happen. The board discussed information gathering on the topic during its May 21 meeting.   Read the full article in the May […]

Touch-A-Truck

Touch-A-Truck

Demolition trucks, fire engines, school buses, Hurlburt Special Tactics vehicles and more were on hand at the Navarre High School Touch-A-Truck event last Saturday. Click here to view photos from this event.                                             As […]

El Paseo Street fire claims family home

El Paseo Street fire claims family home

Fire claimed the contents of a home on El Paseo Street March 20, leaving a local family with few surviving possessions. The cause of the blaze is unclear. Read the full article in the March 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription […]

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 […]

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. […]

A Navarre pilot’s memory of 9/11

A Navarre pilot’s memory of 9/11

“All aircraft on this frequency, land at the nearest suitable airport due to a national emergency.” Keith Brahms heard those words come across his radio at 9:45 a.m. Eastern time on Sept. 11, 2001. He was the co-pilot of a Delta Airlines flight that was heading toward Fort Lauderdale. He had no idea what to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Caring and Sharing packs truckloads of Christmas joy

Caring and Sharing packs truckloads of Christmas joy

After months of seeking donations and organizing fundraisers, volunteers of Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County distributed toys and bicycles to hundreds of families who needed help Saturday as part of their annual Christmas toy drive. In addition to the toy donation, families also picked up packages of food. After being beaten by […]

Rough seas ahead for SHIPs due to strained infrastructure

Rough seas ahead for SHIPs due to strained infrastructure

While the Navarre community was deliberating  support for a hike in fire taxes for a Holley-Navarre Fire District strapped for personnel, Holley-Navarre Water System scrambles to keep pace with growing water and sewer needs, U.S. Highway 98’s excess of 5,000 cars and Navarre High School is bursting at the seams, an outside agency has determined […]

More study needed before acting on low-income housing requests and locations

More study needed before acting on low-income housing requests and locations

This week we were all broadsided by four agenda items for the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners meeting this past Monday which was released at approximately 4:45 p.m. on Thursday afternoon leaving no time for citizens to do their homework and leading to a lot of speculation. Alarm bells rang out when two 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 […]

Fire Festival promotes preparedness

Fire Festival promotes preparedness

Couches and curtains went up in flames during a fire demonstration Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Eighth Annual Fire Prevention Festival at Navarre United Methodist Church. The festival and demonstration helped raise awareness of fire safety and encouraged families to have a fire evacuation plan in place for their home. Less than two minutes after […]

HNFD sets festival date

HNFD sets festival date

As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, the National Fire Protection Association is promoting this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” to better educate the public about the critical importance of knowing how old their smoke alarms are […]

JROTC commemorates Sept. 11 with flag ceremony

JROTC commemorates Sept. 11 with flag ceremony

Only the sound of a bird chirping and the hum of a lone car driving by down the road on a sun-splashed morning broke through the moment of silence during the flag ceremony Navarre High School Navy Junior ROTC unit does each year to commemorate the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. More than 2,000 […]

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.  […]

Burger King three-alarm blaze

Burger King three-alarm blaze

A three-alarm fire at Burger King in Navarre Sunday morning caused significant structural damage and firefighters had to cut through the brick in the building to fight the fire. Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton said that along with his district, Navarre Beach, Midway, Florosa, Hurlburt Field, Mary Esther, Avalon and Bagdad all responded to the […]

Teen starts brush fire

Teen starts brush fire

A 13 year old is said to be responsible for starting what turned into a brush fire on Flintwood Street behind one of the homes.  Holley-Navarre Fire Department was dispatched to the 50-foot-by-80-foot fire, and once on scene Battalion Chief Howie Rounsaville realized that because of windy conditions, the fire was spreading quickly. Read the […]

Senior fire prevention and safety vital to survival

Senior fire prevention and safety vital to survival

According to the National Fire Protection Association website, “At age 65, people are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large.” Furthermore, according to the United States Fire Administration, older adults especially have an increased relative risk of injury or death in a fire. Read the full […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]