We believe we have a duty to demonstrate our loyalty and respect to those we serve by involving ourselves in the communities where we work. Our responsibility is to protect life, property, and the environment. We are committed to fulfilling our responsibility and to deepening our involvement in the community we serve. No request or inquiry will go unanswered.
We value progressive leadership behavior that demonstrates an ongoing commitment to personal and professional development of all of our members, encourages participation in decision-making, setting goals and objectives; and leads and motivates others by example. Our leadership model will continue to build trust, loyalty and credibility through professional actions and a positive and caring attitude.
We recognize our members as the cornerstone of our success and will strive to provide a supportive and respectful environment that provides meaningful and challenging work and opportunities to acquire valuable knowledge, skills, and abilities. We know well-functioning teams of people are more effective than individuals working separately; our lives depend on it. We believe individuals have the capacity to lead, and our organization values teamwork at all levels. Teamwork and shared leadership are integral to our organization, and we will seek out and value the opinions of our members.
We understand the trust placed in us by the public and our colleagues is integral to the performance of our duties. We are committed to honest and ethical behavior, and will hold ourselves accountable to these values.
The South Walton Fire District was created by the Walton County Board of Commissioners on August 9, 1983 through Walton County Ordinance 1983-06. This Ordinance was first updated on January 23, 1997 with Walton County Ordinance 1997-03 and then ammended on March 25, 1997 with Walton County Ordinance 1997-08. These ordinances were codified by the South Walton Fire District's enacting Charter in House Bill No. 1919 Chapter 2000-491 and signed by the Governor of Florida on June 14, 2000. Chapter 2000-491 was amended on April 25, 2007 with House Bill 1607 Chapter 2007-316
SWFD By-Laws (Click to Download)
SWFDs fiscal year period is from October 1st - September 30th.
SWFD Audit Report 2019
SWFD Audit Report 2020
The South Walton Fire District is responsible for the Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Services Transport, Beach Lifeguards, Hazardous Material Mitigation, 911 Emergency Communications and Public Education and Prevention activities for 84 square miles. This encompasses all properties from the Okaloosa County Line eastward to the Bay County Line and south of the Choctawhatchee Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.
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