Navarre Beach Fire Rescue

Open water swimming provides opportunity to test limits

Open water swimming provides opportunity to test limits

Navarre’s swim team is hosting an open water swim for the second consecutive year in the Navarre Sound off the beach at Juana’s. It’s a fundraiser for the program. At least 60 are expected to take part. That includes the writer of this article. It will be my first open water swim and the first […]

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 […]

Lifeguards wrapping up safe beach season

Lifeguards wrapping up safe beach season

While lifeguards will remain on Navarre Beach for the coming weeks, they wrapped up the official 2019 summer season Sept. 2. That milestone came with a big announcement: No drownings.   Read the full article in the Sept. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up […]

Five things to know: Countdown to legislative session 2020

Five things to know: Countdown to legislative session 2020

As of this issue’s publication date, there are 131 days until the start of Florida’s 2020 legislative session, but preparations are already in full swing. Governments, legislators, lobbyists and organizations throughout the state have been setting their priorities, talking strategy and drafting their bills to prepare for roughly 60 days of the meat and potatoes […]

Fire district referendum coming up for Navarre Beach

Fire district referendum coming up for Navarre Beach

Santa Rosa County’s Oct. 8 special election is fast approaching, and the residents of Navarre Beach will have an extra question on their ballots. They will be asked to support or oppose creation of a special fire district. Here are the basics: What is being voted on?   Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Navarre Beach gets recycling ‘toy chest’

Navarre Beach gets recycling ‘toy chest’

Of the discarded items gathered off Navarre Beach each month by volunteers, plastic toys are a common problem. Purchased for family fun in the sun, the items can get lost or even intentionally left behind in the sand.   Read the full article in the Aug. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Firefighter dream achieved

Firefighter dream achieved

After wrapping up her shift each day at Publix, Navarre native Rachel Provoznik, 19, would run the length of the Navarre Beach multiuse path, sometimes starting off as late as 10:30 p.m. She was a woman on a mission.     Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Navarre Beach Fire turns 30

Navarre Beach Fire turns 30

When James Wirth, Sr., visited the Navarre Beach fire station back in the 1980s, he was greeted by a two-bay garage and no one home. Inside, the truck meant to be the island’s fire engine would not start. Neither would the boat meant for water rescues.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 […]

Navarre home total loss after garage fire

Navarre home total loss after garage fire

Fire consumed a house on Beacon Court in Navarre Aug. 1, sending one firefighter to the hospital and leaving five people without a home. Firefighters received a call for an active house fire after 11 a.m. in Navarre. Holley Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton said the blaze appeared to have begun in the garage of […]

Whale strands on Opal Beach

Whale strands on Opal Beach

A rare beaked whale species that beached itself along Opal Beach Monday died shortly after being discovered, adding to a rising number of marine mammal deaths along the panhandle. The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) Marine Mammal Stranding Team responded to Opal Beach, just west of Navarre at around 4:30 p.m. after beachgoers spotted the […]

Navarre Beach first responders ready for the worst

Navarre Beach first responders ready for the worst

If the worst happens on Navarre Beach during the busy summer season, first responders at all stages of the process want to be prepared. With that in mind, agencies came together early June 26 for joint training exercises.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Restructured rescue team seeing busy but safe season

Restructured rescue team seeing busy but safe season

Navarre Beach lifeguards and fire rescue personnel were out in full force June 13, scanning the shoreline with binoculars. The rescue wave runner trolled the shore back and forth as a search helicopter flew overhead.   Read the full article in the June 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

Navarre Beach rescuers to get lifesaving CPR device

Navarre Beach rescuers to get lifesaving CPR device

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue announced Friday it will be able to purchase a new piece of lifesaving equipment thanks to a grant from the Florida Department of Health. The grant will be used to purchase a LUCAS Chest Compression System.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

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 increases ranking, lowers insurance costs

Navarre Beach Fire increases ranking, lowers insurance costs

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue announced an upgrade in its fire protection ranking last week that could mean cheaper property insurance premiums on the beach. The Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO) moved the Navarre Beach department up from a Class 4 to a Class 2 based on its ability to quickly respond to and fight fires. […]

Fireman’s Challenge & Family Fun Day

Emerald Coast Exceptional Families and UpLift Fitness are teaming up with Navarre Beach Fire Rescue to present the Fireman’s Challenge & Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Navarre Beach Fire Department. There will also be a kids’ fitness course, craft tent, sensory stuff, and more. For additional details, visit facebook.com/upliftfitnessnavarre.

First responders seek lifesaving CPR device

First responders seek lifesaving CPR device

It is an all too familiar scenario for first responders working along the beach. After dragging a drowning person from the waters, CPR begins. But in those critical seconds of rescue, CPR has to stop for a victim to be transported over the dune line and out to a waiting ambulance. Read the full article […]

Sea turtle center Seas the Day

Sea turtle center Seas the Day

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center treated the public Saturday to a festival to celebrate children with stress-free fun for everyone during Seas the Day. The event honors the beginning of April, an important awareness month for children as it is Military Child Month, Autism Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Read […]

Lifeguard tryouts push for excellence

Lifeguard tryouts push for excellence

            In roughly nine weeks, a new set of lifeguards will take to the shores of Navarre Beach to protect the ever-growing number of visitors who flock to the Gulf during tourist season. Sunday, people hoping to join this team showed their stuff in a rigorous physical tryout set by […]

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 […]

Phase I price tag $3 million

Phase I price tag $3 million

Based on Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is no longer part of Navarre Park’s Phase I makeover, but it is not being relocated to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge either. That issue aside, County Administrator Dan Schebler told the commissioners that they need an answer to move forward on […]

‘Waterman’ to manage Navarre Beach safety

‘Waterman’ to manage Navarre Beach safety

Austin Turnbull is a true “waterman.” He grew up splashing in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, beginning to surf at the age of 4. “I am a waterman. I know how to surf, swim, sail, fish. It is part of me. It is who I am. It is what I grew up doing,” […]

Beach lifeguards close season

Beach lifeguards close season

As lifeguard season along Navarre Beach closed out Oct. 28, records show that the guards have been busier than in the past. Rescues along Navarre Beach more than tripled since last season, and the number of people visiting guarded areas has nearly tripled since 2016 with almost 303,000 visitors between March 3 and Oct. 28 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Commissioners approve fire MSBU increases

Commissioners approve fire MSBU increases

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously approved increases for several Municipal Service Benefit Units (MSBUs) for fire districts throughout the county, including Navarre Beach Fire Protection. The reevaluation of fire MSBU rates in the county began after Navarre Beach Fire approached the BOCC in February requesting to raise residential and commercial rates for […]

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 […]