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NOTICE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS SESSION UPDATED

2014-07-17,

Notice



Members of the South Walton Fire District (SWFD and members of the South Walton Professional Firefighters Association (SWPFFA)/Local 3516 will meet at Station 3/Headquarters, 911 N County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 on:


July 16, 2014 at 1 p.m.

July 22, 2014 at 9 a.m. - Cancelled -

August 6, 2014 at 9 a.m.

August 12, 2014 at 9 a.m.

August 15, 2014 at 9 a.m.

August 21, 2014 at 9 a.m.


The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss contract negotiations between the SWFD and the SWPFFA.

For further information, please call Station 3/Headquarters at 850-267-1298.

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SWFD Offices will be Closed

2014-07-01,

Notice



SWFD Administrative Offices will be closed

Friday, July 4, 2014

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NOTICE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS SESSION

2014-07-01,

Notice



Members of the South Walton Fire District (SWFD and members of the South Walton Professional Firefighters Association (SWPFFA)/Local 3516 will meet at Station 3/Headquarters, 911 N County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 on:


July 16, 2014 at 1 p.m.

July 22, 2014 at 9 a.m.

August 6, 2014 at 9 a.m.


The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss contract negotiations between the SWFD and the SWPFFA.

For further information, please call Station 3/Headquarters at 850-267-1298.

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NOTICE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS SESSION

2014-05-13,

Notice



Members of the South Walton Fire District (SWFD and members of the South Walton Professional Firefighters Association (SWPFFA)/Local 3516 will meet at Station 3/Headquarters, 911 N County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 on:

June 10, 2014 at 9 a.m.

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss contract negotiations between the SWFD and the SWPFFA.

For further information, please call Station 3/Headquarters at 850-267-1298.

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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT
BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

NOTICE Executive Session

2014-04-24,

Notice



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold an Executive Session on:

Monday, May 12, 2014

2:30 p.m.


at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters, Training Room

911 N County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

The purpose of the Executive Session is for the Board to discuss labor negotiations.

For more information, please contact SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298.

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NOTICE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS SESSION

2014-04-24,

Notice



Members of the South Walton Fire District (SWFD and members of the South Walton Professional Firefighters Association (SWPFFA)/Local 3516 will meet at Station 3/Headquarters, 911 N County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 on:

May 12, 2014 at 9 a.m.

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss contract negotiations between the SWFD and the SWPFFA.

For further information, please call Station 3/Headquarters at 850-267-1298.

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Suspected Arson Fire in South Walton

2014-04-08,

Fire



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) received a call early this morning at about 2:30 a.m. reporting a structure fire at 2275 Mack Bayou Road in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

Within minutes of receiving the initial 9-1-1 call, SWFD crews arrived on scene and reported smoke and flames coming from the front porch side of the uninhabited 2,300 sq. ft. two story residential structure. Shortly after arrival, SWFD crews managed to extinguish the fire and contain the majority of the damage to the first floor.

The SWFD Fire Marshal/Investigator and the State of Florida Fire Marshal Detective were notified to determine cause and origin. During their joint investigation it was determined that arson appeared to be the cause of the fire. Several neighbors stated that this residence has been uninhabited for at least a year. As of this release, the fire is still under investigation.

SWFD initially responded to this incident with 2 Truck Companies, 1 Engine Company, 1 Squad, 2 Rescues and 1 District Chief.

According to the Florida State Fire Marshals Office report the property is currently valued at $350,000 and the fire/smoke damage was estimated to be $50,000. There were no injuries to report.

Anyone that may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact Sammy Sanchez, Fire Marshal South Walton Fire District at 850-267-1298. In addition, the Florida State Fire Marshals Office (FSFMO) is offering up to $5,000 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for this fire. To report an arson fire with the FSFMO please call 1-877-662-7766 or 1-877- NO ARSON

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Driving Safety

2014-03-31,

Driving Safety



SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT

Urges you to take the pledge and join the fight to end distracted driving. Save a life. Make the commitment today.

Distracted driving kills and injures thousands of people each year.

I pledge to:
  • Protect lives by never texting on the phone while driving.
  • Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is distracted.
  • Encourage my friends and family to not text and drive.
  • Always stay alert when driving.

CLICK HERE
to download the Safe Driving Pledge


Safe Driving Pledge

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Vacant Fire Commissioner Seat 2

2014-03-17,

Commissioner Vacancy



South Walton Fire District is seeking qualified applicants to fill an interim position for Seat 2 on the Board of Fire Commissioners. Applicants shall reside in South Walton within boundaries of the Intracoastal Waterway to the North and the Walton/Bay County line to the East, then South to the Gulf of Mexico, then West to approximately County Highway 283. A qualified applicant must also be a registered voter in Walton County at the time of the application.

Each fire commissioner serves a term of four years and is eligible for re-election. The newly appointed Seat 2 Interim Board member would serve April 14, 2014 through November 13, 2014.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a letter of interest along with a list of qualifications to the Board of Fire Commissioners, 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5371. The deadline to apply is April 7, 2014


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South Walton Fire District
Lifeguards Take to the Beach

2014-03-05,

2014 Lifeguard Season



South Walton Fire District (SWFD) lifeguards will report to their ten (10) tower locations this Saturday March 8, 2014 from 10a-6p. This is the 9th season that the Beach Safety and Education Program, a partnership between the SWFD and the South Walton Tourist Development Council (TDC), will be in place

New and returning lifeguards are completing their annual training academy this week. The 84 hour academy consists of medical, surf rescue techniques, beach and water surveillance techniques, strength and stamina conditioning, SWFD policies/procedures and communications. “With the current weather conditions, training at this time of year in the Gulf is critical and SWFD is proud of our new lifeguard team, who are committed to keeping our beaches and our community safe”, said Gary Wise, Beach Safety Director.

The SWFD would like to invite the members of our community to attend the Lifeguard Academy graduation ceremony this Friday March 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm at Ed Walline Park located at the intersection of CR 393 and CR 30A. For further information, please contact Sammy Sanchez, Fire Marshal at 850-267-1298.


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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
911 N. County Highway 393 Project

2014-03-01,

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS



The South Walton Fire District is accepting proposals from qualified firms for completing work at the 911 N. County Highway 393 Property within the guidelines of existing permits. The work to be completed includes, but is not limited to: Earthwork, paving, water retention, and landscaping. Firms qualifying under the project prequalification criteria will be invited to submit proposals for services. The Fire District will accept sealed proposals for professional services until 4:00 p.m. on March 26, 2014. All interested parties are invited to submit their sealed proposals to the following address:

Request for Proposal

South Walton Fire District
911 N County Highway 393
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Copies of the proposal requirements may be obtained on our RFP Tab on this website, at the address above or by calling 850-267-1298. The South Walton Fire District shall be the sole judge of the proposals and whose decision will be final. South Walton Fire District reserves the right to award the contract to the party or parties submitting a satisfactory proposal which is in the best interest of all.


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SWFD RECOGNIZES MEMBERS AT AWARDS CEREMONY

2014-02-12,

Awards



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) held its 7th Annual Awards Ceremony on February 8, 2013 at the Timothy Padgett Park Facility. Fire Chief Rick Talbert presided over the awards ceremony as several SWFD members were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in 2013 with over one-hundred SWFD members and family in attendance. Among some of the award recipients were: Fire Fighter of the Year-Sergeant, Chris Kidder. Robert Heighton Lifesaving Award- Lt. Eric Lang, Sgt. Charlee Lanier, FF/ Paramedic Kate Christenson, FF/ Paramedic Chris Powell, FF/ Paramedic Matt Cramer. Lifeguard of the Year- Nick Dorado. Rookie Lifeguard of the Year- Alex Winkler. Fire Chief Award- Gary Wise, Beach Safety Director. Communications Operator of the Year- Dave Swift.

Overall there were more than 50 awards presented. Congratulations to all of SWFD 2013 Award Recipients.


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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT FIREFIGHTERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM
MEETINGS - 2014

2014-01-15,

MEETING SCHEDULE - 2014



    MARCH 3, 2014 2:30 P.M.

    JUNE 2, 2014 2:30 P.M.

    AUGUST 25, 2014 2:30 P.M.

    DECEMBER 1, 2014 2:30 P.M.

    All meetings will be held at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters, 911 N CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach FL 32459 unless otherwise notified by posting a change of location.


*Note: Any person(s) who wish to be placed on the agenda must contact Nate Brown at nbrown@swfd.org within fifteen (15) days of any meeting and provide the name of the person who will be speaking and the subject to be addressed.


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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT
BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

BOARD MEETINGS - 2014

2013-12-03,

MEETING SCHEDULE - 2014



    JANUARY 13, 2014

    FEBRUARY 10, 2014

    MARCH 10, 2014

    APRIL 14, 2014

    MAY 12, 2014

    JUNE 9, 2014

    JULY 14, 2014

    AUGUST 11, 2014

    SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

    OCTOBER 13, 2014

    NOVEMBER 10, 2014

    DECEMBER 8, 2014

    All meetings are held at 4:00 p.m.
    911 N County Highway 393 / Station 3 Headquarters
    Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459


*Note: Persons who wish to be placed on the agenda must contact the Administrative Assistant within two days of any meeting and provide the name of the person who will be speaking and the subject to be addressed.

If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the South Walton Fire District's Board of Fire Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, will need a record of the proceedings and that for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.


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SWFD Holiday Schedule

2013-12-23,

Schedule





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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT
BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

BOARD MEETINGS - 2014

2012-12-03,

MEETING SCHEDULE - 2014



    JANUARY 13, 2014

    FEBRUARY 10, 2014

    MARCH 10, 2014

    APRIL 14, 2014

    MAY 12, 2014

    JUNE 9, 2014

    JULY 14, 2014

    AUGUST 11, 2014

    SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

    OCTOBER 13, 2014

    NOVEMBER 10, 2014

    DECEMBER 8, 2014

    All meetings are held at 4:00 p.m.
    911 N County Highway 393 / Station 3 Headquarters
    Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459


*Note: Persons who wish to be placed on the agenda must contact the Administrative Assistant within two days of any meeting and provide the name of the person who will be speaking and the subject to be addressed.

If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the South Walton Fire District's Board of Fire Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, will need a record of the proceedings and that for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.


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Angel Tree 2013

2013-10-31,

Angel Tree





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"Change your Clocks - Change your Batteries!"

2013-10-30,

Safety Message



For 15 years, the South Walton Fire District (SWFD) has participated in the International Association of Fire Chiefs' campaign "Change your Clock -Change your Battery", reminding citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when they change their clocks on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

SWFD is so committed to this belief that the Fire District will install and replace batteries in smoke detectors for South Walton residents who are senior citizens, disabled, or families in need, at no charge. Remember, the life of a smoke detector is 10 years. If your detector is 10 years old or older, it should be replaced.

Some alarming facts:
  • Every year, approximately 3,000 people lose their lives in home fires, and most of those deaths are among the elderly, the disabled, the low income, and the very young.
  • Home fires account for four of every five fire-related deaths and three of every four fire-related injuries.
  • Many of these deaths may have been prevented if a working smoke detector was in place.
  • More than 90% of homes in the U.S. have smoke detectors, but 1/3 of those are estimated to have dead or missing batteries.
  • Remember - please set your clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2:00 a.m.!
For more information about smoke detectors, fire safety and developing a home escape plan, contact Fire Marshal Sanchez at the South Walton Fire District, 911 N. CR 393 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 at 850-267-1298

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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT
BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

HR/EMPLOYEE BENEFITS COMMITTEE MEETING

2013-10-02,

Meeting Notice



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold an HR/Employee Benefits Committee meeting on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters, 911 N CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

The purpose of the meeting will be to review the SWFD By-laws.

Please call SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298 with any questions regarding this meeting.

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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT BOARD
OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

NOTICE

Executive Session

2013-09-19,

Meeting Notice



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold an Executive Session on:

Thursday, September 26, 2013 9:00 a.m.
at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters
911 N CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

The purpose of the Executive Session is for the Board to discuss labor negotiations.

For more information, please contact SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298.

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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT BOARD
OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

NOTICE

AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING

2013-09-17,

Meeting Notice



The The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold an Audit Committee meeting on

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters, Training Room
911 N CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the planning of the South Walton Fire District's 2012/2013 audit with Kevin Bowyer of Warren Averett, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants

For more information, please contact SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298.

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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT BOARD
OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

NOTICE

Executive Session

2013-09-13,

Meeting Notice



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold an Executive Session on:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:00 p.m.


at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters, Training Room
911 N CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

The purpose of the Executive Session is for the Board to discuss labor negotiations.

For more information, please contact SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298.

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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT BOARD
OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

NOTICE

Executive Session

2013-08-28,

Meeting Notice



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold an Executive Session on:

Monday, September 9, 2013 2:30 p.m.


at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters, Training Room
911 N CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

The purpose of the Executive Session is for the Board to discuss labor negotiations.

For more information, please contact SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298.

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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT BOARD
OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

NOTICE

Final Public Hearing of Ad Valorem Taxes and Budget 2013/2014

2013-08-19,

Meeting Notice



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold the Final Public Hearing on

Thursday, September 26, 2013
5:01 p.m.

at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters,
911 N CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Please call SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298 with any questions.

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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT BOARD
OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

NOTICE

First Public Hearing of
Tentative Ad Valorem Taxes
and Budget 2013/2014

2013-08-19,

Meeting Notice



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold the First Public Hearing on

Thursday, September 12, 2013
5:01 p.m.

at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters,
911 N CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.


Please call SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298 with any questions.

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Back to School Driver Awareness Program

2013-08-06,

Back to School



The school year begins for Walton County on Thursday, August 8th, and drivers will once again be encountering children commuting to school, some for their very first time. The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) would like to encourage motorists to be especially alert for children, particularly in and around school zones.

In an effort to raise driver awareness that children and school buses will once again be part of weekday traffic, the SWFD will assist by providing "visual reminders" at several school locations.
  • Eden's Landing off of Hwy 395 near (Bay Elementary School)
  • Hwy 98 Median near the entrance to the new Emerald Cost Middle School
  • South Walton High School off of Highway 331
  • 30-A on right away across Butler Elementary
The SWFD would also like to provide a few safe driving tips to assist motorists in keeping the roadways safe for our children this school year, as more drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists will resume sharing the road during this busy back-to-school season:
  • Scan between parked cars and other objects for signs that children could dart into the road.
  • Eliminate distractions. Taking your eyes off the road for two seconds doubles your chance of being involved in a crash. Avoid engaging in distracting behavior.
  • Plan ahead. Leave early for your destination and allow extra time for congestion. Modify your route to avoid school zones and traffic, if possible.
  • Drop children off on school property.
  • Remember, school zones are non-passing zones. Doing so is not only dangerous, but also against the law.
  • Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students.
For further information, please contact Sammy Sanchez, Fire Marshal at SWFD Headquarters, 850-267-1298

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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT
BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

NOTICE
2013/2014 BUDGET WORKSHOP

2013-07-22,

Meeting Notice



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold a workshop on

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters,
911 N CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

The purpose of the workshop is to for Fire District Staff to present the 2013/2014 budget and discuss issues/cost saving measures.

Please call SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298 with any questions regarding this workshop.

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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT
BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS

HR/EMPLOYEE BENEFITS COMMITTEE MEETING

2013-07-22,

Meeting Notice



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold an HR/Employee Benefits Committee meeting on Monday, July 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters, 911 N CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

The purpose of the meeting will be to review the SWFD By-laws.

Please call SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298 with any questions regarding this meeting.

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SWFD Lifeguards Protect Swimmers from Waterspout

2013-07-02,

Lifeguards



At approximately 12:40 pm this afternoon a waterspout was reported to have made landfall in Seagrove near the Santa Clara Beach Access. South Walton Fire District Lifeguards Brad Stewart and Joel Chapman were on duty at SWFD Lifeguard Tower 2 when rain began to move on shore. As the guards were removing their equipment from the beach a water spout was spotted approximately 700 feet from shore.

As the water spout began to rapidly make its way towards the shore, SWFD Lifeguard Chapman began directing patrons in his response area to seek shelter at the closest structure. At this time, SWFD Lifeguard Stewart witnessed a family who was attempting to move one of their own family members with a (physical disability) to a safe shelter. As he reached the group with beach wheel chair in hand, Stewart realized it was too late to make it to a safe shelter. Stewart ordered them all to lay face down in the sand as he lay across them. The waterspout, now turned tornado, was now on shore and passing directly over this group. A tent awning collapsed and skirted across Stewart's back however he did not sustain any injuries.

Despite the fact that the tornado ripped a 6 foot tall door off of the SWFD Lifeguard storage shed and other tents, umbrellas and other debris were blown across the beach , no injuries or other significant damage were reported. As a precaution, SWFD rescue units evaluated all persons involved and no one was transported for further medical evaluation.

As always SWFD urges all its residents, guests, visitors and tourists alike to always swim in guarded beaches. Pay close attention and always adhere to the beach flag warning system. Know that summer weather in Florida can change instantly, violently and without warning and most importantly, use sound judgment and know your swimming limitations.

If you have any questions, please contact Sammy Sanchez, Fire Marshal/PIO at ssanchez@swfd.org or 850-267-1298

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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT
BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS
NOTICE of Executive Session

2013-06-18,

Meeting Notice



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold an Executive Session on:

Monday, July 8, 2013
2:30 p.m.
at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters, Training Room
911 N CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

The purpose of the Executive Session is for the Board to discuss labor negotiations.

For more information, please contact SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298.

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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT
BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS
HR/EMPLOYEE BENEFITS COMMITTEE MEETING

2013-06-06,

Meeting Notice



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold an HR/Employee Benefits Committee meeting on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters, 911 N CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

The purpose of the meeting will be to review the SWFD By-laws.

Please call SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298 with any questions regarding this meeting.

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Double Red Flag Conditions

2013-06-05,

Beach Safety Flags



Due to high surf and very strong rip currents, the Beaches of South Walton will be flying double red beach flags. These conditions are forecast to continue until Friday morning June 7th, 2013.

Double red beach flags indicate that the surf conditions are extremely hazardous and the water is CLOSED to the public. Entering the water during this time can result in injury or death.

South Walton Fire District Lifeguards will be constantly monitoring the conditions. We ask that you also continue to monitor the conditions and adhere to all the warnings.

For more information please contact Sammy Sanchez, Fire Marshal/PIO

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Drowning in Miramar Beach area of South Walton

2013-06-05,

Drowning



At approximately 9:25 a.m. this morning, the South Walton Fire District (SWFD) received a call reporting an unconscious person had been pulled from the surf in the area across from the Surfside Condominiums in Miramar Beach.

According to responders a 45 year old male had entered the water in an unguarded beach area and was apparently caught in a "rip current". After attempting to swim out of the current, the victim (unknown name at this time) was taken under water. Nearby beach vendors witnessed this and retrieved the swimmer. Once on shore, the victim was immediately attended to by SWFD Paramedics who were successful in providing CPR and resuscitating him. He was transported by SWFD to the hospital where his condition has been listed as critical but stable.

At the time of the incident, the beach warning flags were Red indicating a High Hazard, High surf and/or currents. Currently the beach flags have been changed in South Walton to Double Red indicating that the water is closed to the public.

The SWFD urges all beachgoers to know their swimming capabilities, understand and heed the beach safety warning flags, the direction of lifeguards, and swim in front of a lifeguard tower. The location of this incident was over a mile away from the nearest SWFD Lifeguard Tower.

For more information please contact Sammy Sanchez, Fire Marshal/PIO

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Request For Proposals - Computer Aided Dispatch equipment

2013-06-04,

Notice of RFP



South Walton Fire District is seeking bids for an enterprise class, Computer Aided Dispatch Console System and Equipment; Automated Vehicle Locator Equipment/Software and Mobile Dispatch Terminal Software and Connectivity through a secure network appliance.

Proposals are due by, July 1, 2013 at 3 p.m.

Click HERE to view the RFP.

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Request For Proposals - Dispatch Radio Consoles

2013-06-04,

Notice of RFP



South Walton Fire District is seeking bids for an enterprise class, Dispatch Radio Console System and Equipment for its 9-1-1 emergency call Center. The system must be capable of integrating no fewer than (10) ten radio frequencies, have the capability to patch radios together as well as identify and configure the radio Logical Identification (LID) information for the existing 800 Mhz radio system.

Proposals are due by, July 1, 2013 at 3 p.m.

Click HERE to view the RFP.

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SWFD Recognizes National
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week

2013-05-20,

EMS Week



In every corner of our country, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel are hard at work delivering hope and care to Americans in dire circumstances. In the face of chaos and tragedy, their steady hands provide vital, life-saving services, and their calm under pressure delivers comfort to neighbors in need. During this 40th Annual National Emergency Medical Services Week May 19th- May 25th we pause to offer our gratitude to these remarkable men and women, whose dedication is fundamental to our society's well-being.

The theme of this year's National EMS Week is "One Mission, One Team" This was chosen to recognize the commitment that emergency medical personnel make to the communities they serve and to honor the dedication of those men and women who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line.

"We recognize the tremendous role that our SWFD personnel make to improve health in our community. Recently the State of Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) conducted a random, unannounced inspection of our EMS Operations. The results were "Excellence in all phases of the inspection". We are extremely proud of our men and women that make this possible", said Operations Chief Ryan Crawford.

"SWFD personnel are committed to delivering emergency medical care in the community. We strive for seamless care, from the field to the hospital emergency department or trauma center. Our commitment to ensuring that patients receive the best medical care available, anytime and anywhere, is instrumental to advancing the health, safety, and well-being of our community. SWFD pledges to maintain this high level of Prompt, Competent, Caring Response in Time of Need", said Fire Chief Rick Talbert.

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Impact Fee Resolution NOTICE

2013-05-07,

Notice



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners has adopted Resolution 13-03 regarding the SWFD Impact Fee Collection Rates. SWFD Resolution 13-03: A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT, AMENDING IMPACT FEES AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

The effective date will be August 5, 2013.

Click HERE to view the adopted resolution.

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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT
BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS
HR/EMPLOYEE BENEFITS COMMITTEE MEETING

2013-04-25,

Meeting Notice



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold an HR/Employee Benefits Committee meeting on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters, 911 N CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

The purpose of the meeting will be to review the SWFD By-laws.

Please call SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298 with any questions regarding this meeting.

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South Walton Fire District Receives Federal Grant

2013-04-15,

Federal Grant



In an official letter from both Congressman Jeff Miller's Office and from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the South Walton Fire District (SWFD) was recently notified that they will be receiving the FY 2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) totaling $324,503.

In addition, SWFD qualifies under the "rural community" criteria in the grant submittal process and is only required to match 5% of the total award which equated to $16,000. It was originally thought that SWFD's matching portion would be $32,000 or 10%.

Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

The grant award will be used to accomplish a thorough upgrade of the Fire District's Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system and will provide other technological improvements to SWFD's E-911 communications systems. These upgrades will vastly improve efficiency and safety in the field and in our E-911 communications center. The communication center is a vital, critical link between the public and fire/rescue emergency response personnel who make the difference between life and death in many instances.

SWFD anticipates receiving these funds by the end of April 2013. If you would like more information regarding this grant approval, please contact Marc Anderson, Asst. Chief or Lynnette Doyal 9-1-1 Communications Director at 850-267-1298.

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National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

2013-04-15,

Week



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) will honor the men and women who serve as public safety dispatchers and call takers during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, April 14-20, 2013.

Introduced to Congress by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International in 1991, National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is the second week of April each year. SWFD is dedicating this week to our Public Safety Tele-Communicators who aid in providing 9-1-1 emergency assistance to the citizens and visitors of South Walton.

In South Walton and across the country, in times of intense personal crisis or community-wide disasters, the primary access point for those seeking fire and EMS emergency assistance is 9-1-1. Last year, the SWFD Communications Center received nearly 15,000 calls for service.

"Public Safety Tele-Communicators are the indispensable link between the public and fire/rescue emergency response personnel who make the difference between life and death in many instances. These behind the scenes personnel are the first point of contact for persons seeking immediate relief during emergency and non-emergency situations," said Lynnette Doyal Communications Director.

This week we are honoring our dispatch and call-taking personnel with a special thank you for all the hard, dedicated work they do each day, all year round. For further information or questions, please contact Marc Anderson, Assistant Chief or visit our website at www.swfd.org.

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SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT
BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS
HR/EMPLOYEE BENEFITS COMMITTEE MEETING

2013-03-18,

Meeting Notice



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold an HR/Employee Benefits Committee meeting on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at SWFD Station 3/Headquarters, 911 N CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

The purpose of the meeting will be to review the SWFD By-laws .

Please call SWFD Headquarters at 850-267-1298 with any questions regarding this meeting.

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Suspected Arsonist Arrested in South Walton

2013-02-09,

Arrest



The State Fire Marshal's Office along with the WCSO arrested a suspect in connection to an arson that occurred on January 7, 2013 on San Juan Avenue in Seagrove. Angus Bishop Anderson, 19, of DeFuniak Springs, was arrested and charged on February 8, 2013.

After authorities questioned Anderson, he admitted to setting the fire. The recent break up with the property owner's daughter appeared to be Anderson's motive for the fire.

Anderson was transported and booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections. He was charged with Arson, Burglary, Grand Theft and Criminal Mischief.

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