South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department

FIRE SEASON

Wildfires can cause major environmental, social and economic damages. The loss of timber, wildlife habitat, homes and even lives may result from a devastating wildfire. The wildfire that does not start is the one that does not have to be fought.

Prevention is the key in helping to reduce the number of human caused fires. Even though Florida is the lightning capital of the world, arson and escaped debris burning are still the two main causes of wildfires in Florida.

MEET EMILY

EMILY is an Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, basally a floatation device on steroids. She is remote controlled weighs 25 pounds and can be launched from anywhere. She has the ability to hold four full grown swimmers afloat once she arrives on scene. She travels at bursts of 25mph so it doesn’t take long for her to get there.

After a near drowning we decided we need to have the best equipment we could find to help when help is needed. So with the generosity of our community we purchased EMILY.

New Fire Trucks

In the past couple of years, we have received delivery of 4 new vehicles.
A Ford F-150 Beach Rescue Vehicle #596 and a Ford F-250 support truck #594.  Truck #596 paid for out of our generous donations and butt roasts.  It has been used extensively for transport from the beach to the ambulance, and as a quick response and basic life support vehicle.
We also received our new E-One 50' Teleboom aerial pumper #591.  This is permanently positioned at Station#2 and is availble for use 24/7.
Finally, we have just received delivery of the new Ford F-450 Brush Truck #597.  The chassis was paid for out of donations received and the build was paid for from part of a State Grant received by the Fire Control District. 

Click here for pictures of these new trucks.

A Really Big Thank You

Major grants and donations have been received from the T Douglas Hale Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation and The Miller Charitable Foundation Inc. as well as other amounts received from local businesses, organizations and individuals.

Safety Blog

Caution in Construction Areas

We were recently dispatched to cover a single car accident on Cape San Blas Rd. at the first turn on the Eglin AFB property.  The driver had drifted off the right side and onto the soft shoulder, turnning the wheel to the left to try to get back on the road.  When the front-right tire finally gained purchase on the pavement, it was turned far to the left and the car shot across the road, hitting the berm on the other side and spinning around before coming to a stop.

Run Off Road

Please be careful, especially while they are repaving the road.  Many times this type of accident results in a roll-over.  If you run off onto the shoulder slow down before attempting to turn back onto the road.