South Walton Fire District

SWFD Awarded Beach Safety Contract      

SWFD Awarded Beach Safety Contract       The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) is pleased to announce that funding for the renewal of the SWFD Beach Safety contract was approved at the regularly scheduled Walton County Board of County Commissioners monthly meeting held on Tuesday January 8, 2019. Walton County’s commitment to beach safety began […] Read More

  Home for the Holidays Program 2017

                                            Home for the Holidays Program 2017 (Santa Rosa Beach) – For the 8th consecutive year the South Walton Fire District will be offering “free transportation” (on a space available basis) to local residents in skilled nursing and adult living facilities. This “Home for the Holidays” program provides residents an opportunity to be at home […] Read More

March Shout Outs 2017

Amazing Achievements On the Coast!Original article published at On the Coast Magazine Read More

Training History Made at SWFD

Training History Made at SWFD (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla) – After three years in the making, SWFD placed their very first ever “live fire training boxes” in service on December 20, 2016. SWFD’s “Live Fire Instructors” were on hand at the SWFD Headquarters to conduct the initial […] Read More

30A 10K Aims to Help with Fire Prevention

The 30A 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run is raising funds this year to save lives and property in South Walton County. Nearly $2.4 million in property damages occurred last year due to fires in South Walton. Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher could help save lives and property, but far too few people know how to use them. This year, the 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day race in Rosemary Beach is looking to help change that. The race is raising funds to purchase a state-of-the-art fire extinguisher training system for the South Walton Fire District. This new system will vastly expand the number of people the fire district can teach to use fire extinguishers. It will allow the fire district to conduct a training for any business, health care or child care facility or community group in South Walton. “By having fire extinguisher knowledge, anyone can potentially stop a small fire from spreading into a large fire,” said Fire Marshall Sammy Sanchez. “This can reduce loss of life, property damages and certainly reduces loss of business income.” The South Walton Fire District provided fire extinguisher training to more than 2,000 workers in South Walton last year. But one of their biggest obstacles to training more people is that their current system must be used outside and is contingent on weather conditions. Sanchez discovered a better solution and with the help of funds raised through the 30A 10K the district will soon be able to train many more people and potentially save more lives. The “Bulls Eye” Laser-Driven Fire Extinguisher Training System allows the Fire District to train the public in any location, indoors or out, quickly and without a mess. The system electronically simulates the sight and sounds of a real fire and allows trainees to use a “laser” fire extinguisher to practice putting out the fire. The LED flames and laser extinguisher are easy to set up, clean up and use repeatedly for practice. After a training session, participants can see their accuracy and response time. “Fire has no boundaries, fire is not racist, fire does not care how much money you have or don’t have. Fire destroys everything it reaches,” Sanzhez said. “Our job is to stop fires before they happen. If that cannot be accomplished, then at the very least, we can limit the dangers and the damages by arming our customers with fire extinguisher knowledge and know how. This is the sole reason this fire extinguisher system is important to South Walton Fire District and all of our customers that we serve.” The 30A 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run is a 501c3 event held on Thanksgiving Day in Rosemary Beach. The mission of the event is to raise funds for local charities. This year, in addition to the South Walton Fire District, the race is raising money to support Anchorage Children’s Home, The Walton County Sheriff’s Department’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation. For more info on volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, or to register, visit Read More

Beach Bonfires on 30A — Everything You Need to Know

By Susan Vallee Think you’ve got this whole 30A beach thing down? Well, let’s see … you’ve cheered the sunset ringing of the bell at Bud & Alley’s, you’ve sipped mimosas while grooving to Dread Clampitt at The Red Bar and you’ve YOLO’d your way across Western Lake … but have you experienced the magic of a bonfire on the beach? When you combine the fun of a campfire (s’mores, cuddling and shared laughter) with the dramatic beauty of the beach at night, it becomes an experience that is hard to top. Cool sand between your toes, the warmth of a roaring fire, the sound of waves crashing in front of you while burning embers float upwards towards the sky — it really is an extraordinary experience. Book your beach bonfire now.   Of course, the only thing better than enjoying a beach bonfire is not having to haul all the chairs and coolers down to the beach, setting up the fire pit, and then cleaning up the ensuing mess in the dark. 30A has plenty of companies willing to come down to the beach and set one up for you — and they know how to do it right. You can even add s’mores to your evening of fun — great for kids and adults alike. Who doesn’t like to roast a good marshmallow? If you’d rather do it all yourself, it’s not hard to obtain a permit from the South Walton Fire District. Cost is $50. Visit their website for more info. WARNING: Fines for a not properly permitted or executed beach bonfire range from $200 to two months in jail, so make sure you understand the rules and regulations before setting out on your own. Book your beach bonfire here now or visit this page for more information about permits and regulations. SUSAN VALLEE has been writing about the beauty and quirkiness of 30A for longer than she’d care to admit. A transplant from Atlanta, Susan loves the small-town feel and tight-knit local community here. Susan is the author of Meet Me on 30A. Read More

Fireworks: What’s Legal and What’s Not

Submitted by South Walton Fire District New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, a time many Americans observe the start of a new year by sending bottle rockets into the sky, exploding miniature bombs and unfortunately, breaking a state law. Most fireworks are illegal for consumer use in Florida, even if they’re available for purchase. That can make […] Read More