Navarre Beach Fire Department

Lifeguards ready for new season

Lifeguards ready for new season

Navarre Beach’s new crop of lifeguards have already been presented with a challenge from their new supervisor: no drownings. Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Chief Danny Fureigh threw down the challenge for their first season but promised to support the guards to achieve it. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Navarre Beach Fire welcomes new ladder truck

Navarre Beach Fire welcomes new ladder truck

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue welcomed their new ladder truck with a traditional push-in ceremony Saturday. The ceremony included wetting down the truck with water from the old tanks, and it was then hand polished by Chief Danny Fureigh, his wife Shannon and the Navarre Beach firefighters. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue […]

Navarre Beach Fireman Challenge fights breast cancer

Navarre Beach Fireman Challenge fights breast cancer

Participants of the Navarre Beach Fireman’s Challenge Sunday were timed while performing tasks such as rolling hoses, performing CPR, carrying heavy gear and other activities. As Uplift Fitness trainer Kristen Shuping explained, they do two challenges a year. Read the full article in the Oct. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

What you condone, you own

What you condone, you own

And, silence is permission Navarre Press is certain the outcome of the primary election, including the win by District 4 commissioner-elect Dave Piech is what is best for Navarre and Santa Rosa County. Piech used a saying in his campaign, “No vote, no voice,” and residents responded in big numbers (well, bigger than years past). The […]

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

Williamson to Cole: Stay out of my district

A procedural approval for Creet’s Landing subdivision turned to tension among county commissioners and residents of Whispering Pines Boulevard. During the board’s regular meeting on July 26, District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson accused Commission Chairman Bob Cole of inserting himself into issues in Williamson’s district during discussion of the Creet’s Landing project. The highly contentious […]

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 […]

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Beach Safety Proposal finalized

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Beach Safety Proposal finalized

The Navarre Beach Board of Fire Commissioners voted to finalize a proposal for the Navarre Beach Fire Department to take over supervision, staffing and management of the lifeguard program along Navarre Beach. Currently the Navarre Beach Utility manages the program for Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre […]

Longtime surfer rescues man on Navarre Beach

Longtime surfer rescues man on Navarre Beach

Local surfer Brenda Stokes will be honored with the Lifesaving Award later this month after she successfully pulled a man caught in a rip current safely to shore aboard her surf board in late June. Stokes said she was on the beach that morning training a visitor to the county how to surf, but when […]

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 […]

Lifeguards staying later, new tower added

Lifeguards staying later, new tower added

Lifeguards on Navarre Beach are surveying the waters later into the day and farther along the beach. Since June 4, the lifeguards have been staying on the beach until 6 p.m. Previously, lifeguards were on the beach until only 5 p.m. each day during the late spring, summer and fall. Read the full article in […]

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 […]

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

The numbers are in, and Navarre Beach Fire Department annual funding needs far exceed their initial increase request by $313,687, according to a study by Government Services Group Inc (GSG). The department in February had requested that the Board of County Commissioners approve a $109,000 increase, split between the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) rates […]

Navarre Beach pins new fire captain

Navarre Beach pins new fire captain

Navarre Beach Fire Department firefighter Corey Mayhew was pinned as fire captain May 9. Chief Danny Fureigh administered the oath, and Mayhew’s mother Jeannie did the honors of pinning the new captain’s lapel pins. Featured in the May 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online […]

Seas the Day sees crowds

Seas the Day sees crowds

  April is a busy month. Beyond the Easter holiday, April is National Autism Awareness Month. It is the Month of the Military Child, and it is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month.             Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

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 […]

Project Hero pedals through Panhandle

Project Hero pedals through Panhandle

  More than 100 bicycles and adaptive cycles came rolling down Gulf Boulevard along Navarre Beach last week as Project Hero participants made their way across the Southeast. The riders, who covered roughly 70 miles March 7, took a break at the Navarre Beach Fire Department to rehydrate and talk with firefighters before getting back […]

Fire department considers breaking with county

Fire department considers breaking with county

Amid frustrations over taxation, the Navarre Beach Fire Department is considering moving out from under the county’s supervision altogether. Tensions between the Santa Rosa County Commission and the fire department’s board of directors, along with Chief Danny Fureigh, began Feb. 8 after the commission largely blocked a request to increase the municipal service benefit unit […]

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, […]

Navarre Beach Fire Chief resigns position

Navarre Beach Fire Chief resigns position

Navarre Beach Fire Department Chief Mike Howard has resigned his position with the department. In a letter to the department’s board of commissioners tendered Monday, Dec. 4, Howard resigned requesting two months of severance pay and three months of health insurance. The fire commissioners discussed the task of replacing Howard at their regularly scheduled meeting […]

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 destroys Navarre Beach home

Fire destroys Navarre Beach home

Smoke billowed from the gutted third story of a home on Navarre Beach Monday afternoon as firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze at the beach side house, located in the 7600 block of Gulf Boulevard. The thick haze from the fire extended nearly a quarter mile down Gulf Boulevard, where Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies had positioned […]

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 […]

Coley clarifies resignation

Coley clarifies resignation

Navarre Press received an email from Robert Coley who opposed our story “Lies, cover-ups, projection and deception” in the May 25 issue. Tuesday morning, we received a phone call from Mr. Coley. During his phone call, Mr. Coley informed me that he did not resign from the board of commissioners of the Navarre Beach Fire […]

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.

Holley home gutted by fire

Holley home gutted by fire

At 6:15 a.m., Feb. 4, the Holley-Navarre Fire District responded to a residential structure fire in the 3300 block of Doddie Lane in Holley. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Sick firefighter makes full recovery

Sick firefighter makes full recovery

Navarre Beach firefighter Chris Jines, 42, has been cleared by his doctors to return to duty after being hospitalized with a severe brain infection likely contracted while responding to a call. Jines had a case of severe encephalitis which can cause brain inflammation, headaches, flu-like symptoms, stiffness, seizures, confusion and memory loss. Encephalitis cases are generally […]

Fire leaves Manatee Street house total loss

Fire leaves Manatee Street house total loss

On the first day of Fire Prevention Month, Oct. 1, a residential structure fire at 7703 Manatee St. left the house a total loss. According to Holley-Navarre Fire District Battalion Chief Howie Rounsaville, the two-alarm fire broke out while the homeowners were there and may have been burning for some time before the fire department […]

Firefighters benefit from training exercises

Firefighters benefit from training exercises

A few people late to the scene wondered if perhaps there was a fire or some other serious emergency going on at Beach Colony East on Navarre Beach Wednesday morning. They quickly discovered there was no need to worry. The Navarre Beach Fire Department was simply conducting a ladder truck training exercise at the condo […]

Five rescued at Navarre Beach, one critical

Five rescued at Navarre Beach, one critical

Five swimmers were rescued this Sunday afternoon at Navarre Beach near walkover #7, near Emerald Surf Condominiums.  The dispatch information was initially for two swimmers who were in trouble about 300 yards off shore.  When lifeguards arrived to the scene they reported five swimmers needing rescue.  Multiple agencies responded, including Navarre Beach Fire Department, Holley-Navarre […]