Midway Fire District

Navarre Beach Fire set for special election

Navarre Beach Fire set for special election

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue will be on the special election ballot in August seeking to become a special fire district. The issue was brought before the Board of County Commissioners Monday. Fire board member Ben Boyd said they wanted to get the nonbinding referendum of the special election ballot, otherwise it would have to wait […]

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 […]

Fires displace 11 local families for Thanksgiving

Fires displace 11 local families for Thanksgiving

Three fires in two days left 11 families in the Midway area out of their homes over Thanksgiving, but community members have come forward to assist them, said Midway Fire District Chief Jonathan Kanzigg. “It was not a great Thanksgiving for our community,” he said. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 issue of […]

Pilot dead in Oriole Beach sea plane crash

Pilot dead in Oriole Beach sea plane crash

Investigators are looking into the death of an unidentified man whose sea plane crashed into Santa Rosa Sound late Monday morning near Oriole Beach. According to Midway Fire District Chief Jonathan Kanzigg, Midway Fire was dispatched to the boat ramp on Oriole Beach at 11:59 a.m. Monday after witnesses saw an ultralight sea plane crash […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Tax Collector returns money back to county

Tax Collector returns money back to county

Since 2009 when Stan Colie Nichols first took office as Tax Collector of Santa Rosa County, he has been giving unspent revenues back to various county agencies and taxing authorities representing the citizens of the county. Read the full article in the Oct. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little […]

Blaze destroys Navarre home

Blaze destroys Navarre home

  Home on Calle de Castelar burns A residence in the 2200 block of Calle de Castelar in Navarre was destroyed by fire at around 11:30 p.m. on June 2.  Chief Ron Norton of the Holley-Navarre Fire District said in a release that the 911 call reported fire in the garage of the house. When […]

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 […]

Keep Your Holidays Bright Fire Safety Campaign Begins Dec. 1

Keep Your Holidays Bright  Fire Safety Campaign Begins Dec. 1

Santa Rosa County emergency service agencies, in collaboration with Escambia County and the City of Pensacola, are teaming up for the ninth year to promote fire safety during the month of December with the “Keep Your Holidays Bright” campaign. While a joyous time of year, cold weather, holiday decorations and festivities can create serious fire […]

Santa Rosa Tax Collector returns unspent funds to county

Santa Rosa Tax Collector returns unspent funds to county

At the Nov. 12 Santa Rosa Board of Commissioners meeting held at the Tiger Point Community Center, Santa Rosa Tax Collector Stan Colie Nichols returned $370,081 in unspent funds back to the county. “It’s always one of my favorite days of the year,” Nichols said. “I’m proud of our staff and our team. We work […]

Blaze destroys Navarre home

Blaze destroys Navarre home

The Holley-Navarre Fire District was dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 8900 block on Sunset Drive due to a reported fire in the kitchen. According to a release issued by Chief Ron Norton of the Holley-Navarre Fire District, the first Chief Officer on the scene reported a working fire with heavy fire conditions […]

Gulf Breeze man dies in house fire

Gulf Breeze man dies in house fire

A Gulf Breeze man died in a house fire on Ramblewood Drive Thursday morning. Midway Fire District Battalion Chief, Lou Jones confirmed one adult male fatality and one pet fatality. “The home sustained major damage and is not inhabitable at this time,” said Jones.  Another resident of the home was not present at the time of […]

Brush fire in Holley by the Sea

Brush fire in Holley by the Sea

Holley-Navarre and Midway fire districts responded to a brush fire at around 2:50 p.m. in the empty lots between the 6600 block of Fern Street and Kempton Street in Holley by the Sea. The fire was extinguished and the Department of Forestry is also on scene. It is unknown how the fire started. Read the full story […]

Man in jail after toddler was found on 98

Man in jail after toddler was found on 98

A Gulf Breeze man is in jail after the toddler he was babysitting was found wandering near Highway 98 late Thursday morning. Dale Ray Manning, 50, of the 1800 block of Abercrombie Road, was arrested on a felony charge of child neglect, and is being held on $7,500 bond. According to Midway Fire District Lt. […]

Weather prompts busy weekend for firefighters

Weather prompts busy weekend for firefighters

Last weekend’s extreme weather caused local fire departments to be busier than usual with responses to brush and structural fires. Holley Navarre Fire District (HNFD) responded to a call at 12:45 a.m. Aug. 24 to 9174 Timber Lane where a vacant home was on fire. Responders were actively working to put the fire out until around 3:30 a.m. Read more in […]

Fire districts operating short-staffed

Fire districts operating short-staffed

“We make do with what we’ve got as safely as possible,” said Navarre Beach Fire Department (NBFD) chief Mike Howard. Howard is referring to the less-than-optimal staffing under which each of the local fire departments are currently operating. Read more in the Aug. 21 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

Midway Fire debuts new boat

Midway Fire debuts new boat

Midway Fire District crews respond to calls in East Bay and the Santa Rosa Sound, and firefighters July 18 debuted their newest water rescue asset, a 19-foot Boston Whaler. Midway personnel launched the boat from the county ramp on Navarre Beach, and then tested it in the Santa Rosa Sound. Read more in the July […]

Fire districts experiencing dispatch difficulties

Fire districts experiencing dispatch difficulties

Midway Fire District reported higher than average call response times for the month of June. According to Fire Chief Jonathan Kanzigg, the increased response times were due partly to increased call volume but were also due to technical difficulties with dispatch. Battalion Chief Lou Jones spoke about the issues at the district’s July 8 meeting […]

Teamwork gives ospreys new home

Teamwork gives ospreys new home

Good neighbors, members of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) and the Midway Fire District worked together last week to give three juvenile ospreys a new home in Gulf Breeze. According to ECWR volunteer Nancy Forester of Navarre, two avid bird watchers noticed an osprey nest had collapsed and found two young ospreys on the ground. The […]

Midway firefighters seek boat ramp fix

Midway firefighters seek boat ramp fix

The Santa Rosa County Marine Advisory Committee has proposed the dredging of the Oriole Beach Boat Ramp after two water rescues were stalled over Memorial Day weekend. Midway Fire District Chief Jonathan Kanzigg said firefighters were called to two separate water emergencies including one in which a car and its passengers went into the water […]