Holley Navarre Fire District

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 […]

Christmas magic

Christmas magic

Santa was delivered to the Holley by the Sea Beach House for the Breakfast with Santa event by Holley Navarre Fire District engine 41. Families enjoyed a continental breakfast, hot cocoa, Christmas crafts and took photos with the man himself. As seen in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Navarre Beach Fire inching toward county split

Navarre Beach Fire inching toward county split

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue (NBFR) could become its own entity, not under Santa Rosa County, as the department leaders are actively exploring becoming a special fire district. The idea was initially presented to the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association (NBLRA) in February by Chief Danny Fureigh. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 […]

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. […]

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 […]

New fire engines greeted in old tradition

New fire engines greeted in old tradition

Community members and firefighters will come together for a historic tradition Saturday to welcome two new fire engines to the Holley-Navarre Fire District. The fire district will host a push-in and wet down ceremony at 10 a.m. at Fire Station 45, 8618 Esplanade Street, behind McDonald’s in Navarre. Read the full article in the Aug. 23 […]

Restaurant a “total loss” after early morning fire

Restaurant a “total loss” after early morning fire

Officials are calling Los Cabos Mexican Grill in Navarre a total loss after flames engulfed the restaurant’s interior early Monday morning. At about 2 a.m. July 30, Holley Navarre Fire District was dispatched to the strip mall at 9500 Navarre Parkway after a 911 caller stated flames were engulfing two to four of the units […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fire tax increase tentatively approved

Fire tax increase tentatively approved

After months of debate, Santa Rosa County commissioners unanimously approved raising the fees that fund the Navarre Beach Fire Department, increasing its annual budget by roughly $232,000. The tentative approval of the increase in Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) rates, often referred to as the “fire tax,” follows the department’s warnings that it is seriously […]

Skylar remembered for bright personality

Skylar remembered for bright personality

Usually in a pair of Chuck Taylors and a tie dye shirt, Skylar Farej, 14, never went anywhere without her headphones. She loved music especially country songs by artists such as Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan. She also had a soft spot for rap. She could name nearly every song on the radio. “She knew […]

Lucky chain of events saves life of Navarre shopper

Lucky chain of events saves life of Navarre shopper

Randal Leonard of Navarre is a lucky man, in that his wife Janette St. John had him running errands Feb. 22. The 59-year-old was also lucky that he chose to pick up groceries at the Walmart Supercenter in Navarre, where he went into cardiac arrest. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 issue of […]

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 […]

Wildfires threaten structures

Wildfires threaten structures

A trio of brush fires threatened homes Sunday afternoon in Navarre, Milton and Pensacola. As fire departments were called to their respective fires, other districts were called in as available to cover each district. The first call came in Navarre around 1:45 p.m. at Hidden Estates Circle off East Bay Boulevard of a brush fire, […]

Holley Navarre Water says hydrants on horizon

Holley Navarre Water says hydrants on horizon

Questions have arisen recently about a lack of fire hydrants in areas of Navarre following a house fire on Tupelo Drive Nov. 22. The lack of hydrants in the area made fighting the fire more difficult for Holley Navarre Fire District, forcing the teams to depend on their tanker trucks for water. In fact, there […]

Freezing temps tonight and tomorrow

Freezing temps tonight and tomorrow

The National Weather Service in Mobile has issued a freeze warning in effect from 6 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. Temperatures will drop into the upper 20s and lower 30s across the warning area, bringing the first freeze of the season. Holley Navarre Fire District Battalion Chief Howie Rounsaville reminds everyone to protect your […]

Gaetz blitzes Navarre

Gaetz blitzes Navarre

Answering questions, sharing concerns and listening to comments is what Congressman Matt Gaetz set out to accomplish on Open Gaetz Day in Navarre held Monday, Nov. 27. The 12 hour day started at 8 a.m. at West Navarre Intermediate School where he met with every fourth-grade class to answer their questions and ask questions of […]

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 […]

Christmas begins

Christmas begins

The Christmas season will officially kick-off in Navarre Saturday, Dec. 2, with a full line-up of festivities. It is traditionally one of the busiest weekends in Navarre. 8 a.m. Start your morning off at the Holley Navarre Fire District Station 45 (behind Winn Dixie)for the Jingle Bell Run 5K. If you aren’t up for running […]

Update: Dog survives massive house fire in Navarre

Update: Dog survives massive house fire in Navarre

Though their house was completely burned, a Navarre family had at least one thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Fire fully engulfed a residence on Tupelo Drive Nov. 22 causing half the house to collapse and the other half of the home to be heavily damaged, but the family dog, trapped inside the home […]

Outdoor burning regulations and safety tips

Outdoor burning regulations and safety tips

According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, there is a chance we will have a drier winter with a La Nina setting up in the eastern pacific. “You have to take it with a grain of salt,” meteorologist Ryan Rogers said. “It just stacks the deck in a particular direction.” A drier winter makes […]

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 […]

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 […]

Firefighters respond to dual lightning strikes

Firefighters respond to dual lightning strikes

A lightning strike near a Navarre home Saturday afternoon carved a path through the front yard and into the side of the house, damaging electrical wiring and threatening to ignite an attic fire. Firefighters from  Holley-Navarre, Navarre Beach, Florosa and Midway responded to the call around 4 p.m. The homeowners told them the house – located […]

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 […]

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