To save lives and protect property through advanced life support, fire and rescue response, and fire prevention.-"When seconds count, you can count on us."
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- Fire Chief, Jeremy Morgan
- Administrative Coordinator, Gail Speed
- Division Chief, Leann Calabro
- Captain, John Brinkerhoff
- Inspector, Kyle Bevers
Suppression (39 personnel)
- 3 Battalion Chiefs
- 9 Captains
- 9 Driver/Engineers
- 18 Firefighters
(17 are Certified Firefighters/Paramedics and
26 are Certified Firefighters/EMTs)
What We Do
The Fort Walton Beach Fire Department is an organization of dedicated professionals committed to serving the community - charged with providing comprehensive fire protection, emergency medical advanced life support, hazardous materials mitigation, and technical rescue. The department serves as the City's emergency preparedness coordinating agency and enforces state fire codes, conducts fire inspections, and provides public fire and injury prevention education programs.
The Fort Walton Beach Fire Department remains vigilant every hour of every day. This commitment to the community is demonstrated through daily responses to emergencies and dedication to preparedness through comprehensive training.
The Fort Walton Beach Fire Department was established in 1941 with an all-volunteer force and operated as such until 1954 when the first fire chief was hired. The department operated as a volunteer/paid firefighter department until the early 1980s when the department transformed into a career department (no more volunteers). The City's first fire station was located Downtown on First Street SE. It was moved in the mid-1950s and is currently located at 5 Hollywood Boulevard NE. A second fire station was opened in the north part of the City at 1968 Lewis Turner Boulevard in 1974 and houses Engine Company 7.
The department operates under an automatic aid agreement with six other fire departments, two of which cover the Fort Walton Beach metro area of approximately 120,000 residents. The department also works with our local Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, providing and receiving assistance as needed.
- Truck Company 6
- Engine Company 6
- Battalion 6
- Engine Company 7
The department provides a non-transport Advanced Life Support Service and runs a minimum of one paramedic in each company at all times.
City of Fort Walton Beach Vision
The City of Fort Walton Beach; a recognized leader in the provision of community services
To enhance and protect the community by providing quality services
- Integrity: We will conduct ourselves in an honest, trustworthy, and ethical manner.
- Accountability: We will take full responsibility for our actions, resources, and attitudes.
- Teamwork: We will work together to provide quality services.
- Customer Service: We will be professional, use all available resources, and strive to meet the needs of our customers.
- Continual Improvement: We will promote a culture that seeks to better our organization