We need more like you.

Thank you for showing an interest in one of Florida's leading fire-rescue agencies. The most important thing we can do for our community is to hire the "best of the best". We are actively pursuing committed individuals who are not only willing to become South Walton Fire District team members but also members of our community. We hope the following pages and links will familiarize you with our hiring process, the required qualifications, and provide information about our organization. 

South Walton Fire District employees see themselves as more then just co-workers. We truly think of each other as family! We take pride in what we do and whom we represent. We strongly believe in fostering an environment that encourages values that promote personal and professional achievement--and it shows! 

There has never been a better time to join South Walton Fire District! The Beaches of South Walton are world class and our District is experiencing unprecedented growth. This new growth will translate into great opportunities for current and future members. Our team of professionals is on the cutting edge of fire, EMS and Beach Safety, and our results-driven approach is obvious to our community. 

Are you the "best of the best"? If you are, please consider our department for a rewarding fire-rescue service career. Take the steps to compete in becoming part of the South Walton Fire District family and the South Walton community! We appreciate your interest in the South Walton Fire District and look forward to hearing from you.



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) is currently recruiting Firefighter / EMT’s to establish an eligibility list.


The purpose of this position is to protect lives and property of the citizens and visitors of South Walton through fire suppression activities, emergency medical care, fire prevention, safety activities and education. Successful performance results in increased public safety and decreased property loss. To accomplish this, firefighters perform firefighting work in preventing, combating and extinguishing fires; providing emergency medical care to the sick and injured; operating and maintaining apparatus and equipment.


  • Responds to fire alarms and other emergency calls such as medical emergencies, traumatic emergencies and motor vehicle accidents within the scope of training.
  • Extinguishes, controls fire and protects property from smoke and water damage.
  • Participates in training drills, attends school and District classes on firefighting, hydraulics, first aid, fire equipment and apparatus construction and operation.
  • Places equipment, lays and connects hose, operates high-capacity pumps and directs water streams, raises and climbs ladders, uses safety belts, lines and hooks.
  • Provides operating and procedural information to the public and school groups, performs incident activity data entry in computers, responds to hazardous materials incidents, provides necessary support activities, and performs related work as required.
  • Attends required training programs, reads necessary manuals, books, etc., practices skills and techniques, completes required proficiency tests, participates in regular classes on firefighting, emergency medical techniques, rescue, equipment maintenance and related subjects.
  • Responds as part of team when incident occurs, operates assigned equipment at fire scenes involving laying and connecting hoses, holding nozzles and detecting fire streams, raising and climbing ladders, using extinguishers, lines and other equipment.
  • Provides emergency medical care at incidents within the scope of training.
  • Creates an opening for gaining access to patients in peculiar situations and positions.
  • Administers basic and/or advanced life support care, including defibrillation, drug therapy, intravenous therapy, controlling minor and major hemorrhage, oxygen therapy and CPR.
  • Performs pre-fire planning of assigned establishments.
  • Performs other related duties as required.  
  • 18 years of age
  • Hold a Florida Certificate of Compliance as a Firefighter II
  • Possess a current Florida EMT or Paramedic license
  • Hold a valid American Heart Association BLS Health Care Provider certification
  • Hold a valid American Heart Association ACLS Health Care Provider certification, if applicable
  • Possess a valid Florida driver’s license with an acceptable driving record
  • Hold a Florida approved 16-hour Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course
  • Must comply with NFPA 1582 Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments, 2018 Edition
  • Complete the District’s physical ability, written assessment and oral interview process with a passing score.
The employee must be a non-smoker / non-user of tobacco (in any form) for at least one
  1. year prior to application, remain smoke free during employment/application process and agree not to smoke or use tobacco (in any form) on or off duty during the tenure of their employment.
Initial compensation for FF/EMT= $17.48 / hourly (approximately $51.041 annually); compensation for FF/Paramedic =$ 20.09 / hourly (approximately $58,662 annually) after obtaining agency paramedic credentialing. SWFD offers an excellent benefits package.

Completed applications can be mailed or delivered to SWFD, 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459 or emailed to To be considered for this testing period, your application must be received by Friday, June 18, 2021 at 4pm.


Includes a career advancement program and excellent benefits

Part Time/On Call opportunities are available.

$17.51/hour - Starting pay for non-certified - $18.97/hour for certified.


Highly responsible work receiving and disseminating all fire rescue, and medical calls for service via the E911 System, VHF radio system and an 800MHz radio system. This critical position is the community's first place for help on the majority of calls that our team responds to. Answers all telephone lines (E911 and administrative), receives complaints, calls for help, reports of deaths, injuries, etc. and dispatches the proper unit(s) to respond (ambulance, fire apparatus, etc.). Records all data reported for response and analyzes the information for input into a Computer-Aided Dispatch System. Operates radio console for Fire Department and uses Computer-Aided Dispatch, E911 PSAP and administrative telephones. Performs clerical duties and computer related work as required. Ability to learn Dispatch Signals, to speak with a clear, well-modulated voice, and to use proper grammar required. Ability to maintain poise, to think clearly, remain calm, and to respond to emergencies under stressful conditions. The ability to maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers and citizens is required. Be available for emergency call-out during off-duty hours and weekends, as required.



  • Minimum of 18 years of age.
  • High School graduate or equivalent diploma required.
  • Clerical experience useful but not required.
  • Must pass a pre-employment assessment center.
  • Work is performed on a rotating shift basis; including weekends, nights and holidays.
  • Must have a reliable telephone service.


If you are interested in this opportunity, complete the APPLICATION and return it to SWFD at 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5371. Completed applications and questions may also be e-mailed to



The South Walton Fire District is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or disability. As part of our commitment to a drug-free workplace, a job applicant is offered employment conditional upon successfully passing a drug test. Refusal to take the test, or failure to pass the test according to minimum standards, is cause for disqualification. If you become employed with the District, you may be required to again submit to a drug test as requested. Your refusal, or failure to pass the test according to minimum standards, will result in your termination.


The District will provide reasonable accommodations necessary to applicants with disabilities preventing them from completing a Department application form. Please contact our Administrative Office immediately, if you need special accommodations.



You may print off an APPLICATION and mail it to the following:


South Walton Fire District

911 N. County Highway 393

Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5371

 You may also request an application by calling 850-267-1298.




PAID TRAINING - UP TO 40 HOURS @ $10/Hour!!!





The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) is currently gearing up for the upcoming beach season.


Position Requirements include:

Upon employment, candidates must successfully complete the SWFD's 40 Hour Open Water Lifeguard Orientation (USLA Curriculum), and Emergency Medical Responder/CPR Course.

Swim tryouts are ongoing. You will need to bring your driver’s license and social security card.

Entry level pay: $15.00 per hour/ up to 40 hour work week.

Lifeguard towers are located at the following (11) regional access points: Inlet Beach, Santa Clara Beach Access , Van Ness Butler Beach Access, Blue Mountain Beach, Gulfview Heights, Ed Walline Park, Ft. Panic, Dune Allen, Miramar Beach - 2 locations.

2 Towers are located on Sandestin Properties

2 Towers are located on Rosemary Beach Properties

The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) is currently accepting applications for the upcoming beach season.

If you are interested in this opportunity, complete the APPLICATION & and return it to SWFD at 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5371. Completed applications and questions may also be e-mailed to  




Part-time opportunities available

Compensation depends on qualifications and experience, approximately 16-24 hours per week, Monday-Friday

Patient Transport Technicians (PTT) assists patients by transporting them into, around, and out of hospitals, convalescent facilities, dialysis centers, rehabilitation centers, medical offices, health care facilities, and private residences in a safe and professional manner. Drivers will be responsible for maintaining assigned transport vehicles and the assigned transport equipment. The PTT shall ensure that the assigned vehicle has all required supplies, and that all transport trip reports are completed each shift.

Minimum qualifications:

  • 18 years of age
  • Possess a current Florida EMT or Paramedic license
  • Hold a valid CPR Health Care Provider certification
  • Possess a valid Florida driver's license with an acceptable driving record
  • Hold a Florida approved 16 hour Emergency Vehicle Operator's Course


If you are interested in this opportunity, complete the APPLICATION and return it to SWFD at 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5371. Completed applications and questions may also be e-mailed to