South Walton Fire District Monthly Activity Report

Special to The Sun

With summer in full swing, the South Walton Fire District (SWFD) continued to see an increase in incidents as they responded to 556 including 11 reported fires during the month of July. In addition, the SWFD communications center fielded another 2,225 calls for service during the same time.

The SWFD lifeguards completed their fifth month of the season by receiving 1804 calls for service. In addition, they made contact with 106,462 beach visitors which were almost 36,000 visitors more than last month.  As a reminder, SWFD lifeguards are on their towers daily from 10a.m.-6p.m. until Sept. 27.  For a complete list of the lifeguard tower locations please click onto http://www.swfd.org/beach.php and always check the beach flags and surf conditions before heading to the beach. Those conditions are updated daily by SWFD and can always be found on our Facebook page and our website www.swfd.org

As always, stay alert any time you are behind the wheel, allow yourself extra time to get to your destination(s), expect delays during inclement weather and be mindful and aware of pedestrians. Remember during rain, braking distances may be altered. Avoid texting and driving…It’s Florida Law. SWFD responded to the following incidents in July.

Fire- 11

Medical- 374

Hazardous Conditions- 16

Service Calls- 46

Good Intent- 49

False Alarms- 60

TOTAL= 556

South Walton Fire District is responsible for Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Material Mitigation, Public Fire/Life Safety Education, and Prevention duties for an area of 84 square miles within Walton County, Fla. This area runs from the Okaloosa/Walton County line on the West, to the Walton/ Bay County line on the East, and from the Choctawhatchee Bay (Intracoastal Waterway) north, to the Gulf of Mexico on the south. Included in this area are 26 miles of beaches and 26 miles of inland waterways. The population of South Walton ranges from 20,000 to over 100,000 during the tourist season.

(Don't forget the SWFD 2014 Annual report is available online at http://www.swfd.org/team.php#annual)