The Fire District Administrative staff provides leadership, long-range planning, budget development, financial management, personnel and payroll administration, interdepartmental coordination, grants/project management, information technology coordination and general customer service, in order to ensure the efficient daily operations of the Fire District.

Richard G. Talbert

Richard G. Talbert

Fire Chief / Administrator

Chief Talbert joined the South Walton Fire District in April 2007 with 28 years of experience in the fire service. Chief Talbert provides progressive leadership to our District, a commitment to the community and the personal and professional development of our members. In 2009, Chief Talbert received the Florida Fire Chief of the Year award, the most important honor the Florida fire service can bestow upon one of its chief executives.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Marc Andreson

Marc Andreson

Assistant Chief

Chief Anderson began his fire service career in 1988 as a volunteer firefighter. Chief Anderson joined SWFD in 1998 and promoted through the ranks as Lieutenant, District Chief and currently, Assistant Chief. Chief Anderson is responsible for support services which includes, Fleet and Facility Management, Communications and Information/Technology divisions. Assistant Chief Anderson received the 2009 Fire Chief's Award for his dedication to our District, our members and the community we serve.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Ryan Crawford

Ryan Crawford

Operations Chief

Chief Crawford joined South Walton Fire District in 2001 as a Firefighter/Paramedic. He was promoted to Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services in 2006, and Chief of Operations in 2011, where he is responsible for fire suppression, emergency medical services, special operations, and emergency management activities of our Fire District. Chief Crawford holds a degree in Liberal Arts and Emergency Medical Services, holds an undergraduate certificate from Florida State University in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and is a graduate of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association Emergency Services Leadership Institute (ESLI).

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Sammy Sanchez

Sammy Sanchez

Fire Marshal

Sammy Sanchez, Fire Marshal joined SWFD in 1998. Fire Marshal Sanchez is responsible for all phases of inspections, fire investigations, site and plan reviews, and fire/life safety education. Fire Marshal Sanchez brings 18 years of fire service experience to our District.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Gary M. Pablo

Gary M. Pablo

Medical Director

Dr. Pablo joined SWFD as our Medical Director in 2001, when the Fire District began EMS service. A graduate of University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Pablo is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is also a member of the National Association of EMS Medical Directors.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Corey Harned

Corey Harned

District Chief, A Shift

Corey Harned joined SWFD in February 1998 as a Firefighter/ EMT. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1999 and moved up to the District Chief position in 2000. District Chief Harned brings over 20 years experience to his position and is currently working on obtaining his Fire Officer II certification.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Herb Patterson

Herb Patterson

District Chief, B Shift

District Chief Herb Patterson began his career in the fire service in 1988 and joined SWFD as a Firefighter/EMT in May 1999. He and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2001 and to District Chief in January 2008. District Chief Patterson is a dedicated member of SWFD and brings career excellence to our department in both fire and EMS.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas

District Chief, C Shift

Mike Thomas joined SWFD as a Firefighter/Paramedic in June 2001. He was promoted to EMS Chief in May 2005 and made a lateral move to District Chief, C-Shift in November 2006. Chief Thomas has over 18 years experience in the fire service, holds an Associate's Degree in Paramedic Science and is currently working on his Bachelor's Degree.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Robbie Lund

Robbie Lund

Administrative Assistant

Robbie Lund joined the South Walton Fire District team in May 2008. Robbie, serving as Administrative Assistant, directly supports the Assistant Chiefs. Robbie is responsible for personnel recordkeeping, recording and transcribing meeting minutes and serves as the Records Management Liaison Officer for South Walton Fire District. Robbie also serves as SWFD’s Department Relations Committee Secretary / Treasurer. Robbie received the South Walton Fire District Extra Mile Award in 2009, 2015 and 2016 for her dedication and commitment to South Walton Fire District’s Core Values.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Carole Martin

Carole Martin

Fiscal Officer

Carole Martin accepted the position of Fiscal Officer in February of 2012 bringing an extensive amount of experience in a wide variety of disciplines. Carole's responsibilities include paying vendors, preparing District payroll and maintaining the District's financial statements.  Carole was the recipient of the 2015 Fire Chief’s Award and 2016 Extra Mile Award.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Sterling Strickland

Sterling Strickland

Communications Director

Sterling Strickland joined SWFD in 2016 as the Communications Director. He oversees the daily operations of the districts Emergency Communications Center. He previously worked for 24 years as a Firefighter/ Paramedic in northeast GA, and 19 years as part time as a 911 operator and Quality Assurance Officer. Sterling graduated Lanier Technical College in 1995 with a degree in Paramedic Technology, and also serves as a regional Emergency Medical Dispatch instructor for the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

David Vaughan

David Vaughan

Beach Safety Director

Beach Safety Director David Vaughan has worked Surf Rescue on the Gulf Coast beaches since 2004. Vaughan joined SWFD in 2011, was tasked as a lead guard in 2013, awarded Lifeguard of the Year for 2014, and promoted from within to Beach Safety Director in 2015. Vaughan coordinates the management of the Beach Safety Program's Public Education and Emergency Medical Service operations. Vaughan holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Jason Cotton

Jason Cotton

EMS Captain

Jason Cotton joined SWFD in 2008 as a Firefighter/Paramedic, and was promoted to EMS Captain in November of 2016. Jason has been a paramedic since 1998, and is a former flight paramedic. As EMS Captain, Jason is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the District's emergency medical services including training, QA/QI of reports, ordering supplies, and working with the District's medical director to implement the District's treatment protocols. Jason was awarded the 2015 SWFD firefighter of the year award, and he holds a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Mailing Address: 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459