South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department


We would all like to thank all our friends who have made this year's donation drive the best ever.  As you know, we are short of funds out of our County budget - and we desperately need funds to improve our radio reception and repair the roof of our Station#1.  Well this year has been a bumper year - our cries have been heard and YOU have made it look like we might even be able to improve Station#1 and stop the rain coming in in the next few months.  Watch this space!!!!


New PIO Appointed

Please welcome Julia Cunningham to our Admin Team as our Public Information Officer (PIO). Her primary responsibility will be to deal with all media relations on any topic the Fire Chief feels is important to distribute to our community. Much like a marketing director, she will be our departments face and voice.

If you have any ideas that will gain public support for our mission, please let us know.


SGCVFD has donated a second ZOLL Automated External Defibrillator (AED) this one went to The Port St. Joe Dixie Softball and Baseball leagues. As we hope they never have to use, being well prepared could mean the difference between life and death if SCA strikes.

In New Hampshire, Matt Keene, a 17-year-old high-school student is thankful that there was an AED at his school. Following a football practice he went into cardiac arrest, and because his school had a ZOLL AED Plus, his life was saved. Matt now is a prominent figure in the Legislature, telling his story in hopes that his state will mandate AEDs in all NH schools.

(SCA)  Sudden Cardiac Arrest strikes people of all ages and fitness levels, usually without warning. Many more lives can be saved if trained bystanders act promptly and phone 911, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and provide defibrillation within minutes. The 2010 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines stresses the importance of high-quality CPR and the availability of an AED to help improve outcomes in a cardiac arrest. .


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

Decks and Grills Don't Mix

One of our recent call-outs was for a deck fire at 1 am.  Evidence suggests a charcoal grill was used the previous evening.  Hot coals fell through the rusted grill onto the deck, causing the deck to catch on fire.  Luckily for the inhabitants, the smoke detector alarmed and they were able to evacuate the residence.