South Walton Fire District COVID19 Updates

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    SWFD Offices / Fire Stations Closed to Protect Public, Reduce Potential Spread of COVID-19

    Following the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis, the South Walton Fire District (SWFD) is taking numerous protective actions to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. The District will continuing to fulfill its core missions of protecting our citizens and visitors from fire, providing emergency medical services, beach safety & education, 911 communications, and engaging the public all while taking aggressive steps to ensure the safety of the public and our staff. Your safety, and that of our employees is of the utmost importance to us.

    In light of the continued threat of (COVID-19), our team has taken a number of precautions to maintain a healthy environment for all, and to maintain the continuity of operations. Our core value of commitment to our community remains at the forefront of everything we do, and we are taking every necessary step to provide the emergency services you rely on, with a minimal level of disruption as events unfold.

    Therefore, effective immediately - All SWFD offices, including all fire stations, service centers and our fire district headquarters in Santa Rosa Beach, are now closed to the public until further notice in order to preserve critical Fire/EMS services. The public is discouraged from visiting any of the district’s five (5) fire stations unless you have a fire or medical emergency. We appreciate your understanding and assistance as we all deal with the evolving COVID-19 situation.

    All public education programs, special events, and fire station tours have been cancelled until further notice.

    Administrative staff are equipped with the technology allowing them to work remotely for an extended period of time while continuing to fulfill Fire District functions.

    The Board of Fire Commissioner meeting scheduled for April 13th, 2020 at 4pm will be evaluated in the weeks ahead and held dependent on the current risk to the public.

    District facilities are receiving more stringent daily cleanings and additional protocols for employee health, including social distancing, are now in place.

    Beach Bonfires - Beach Bonfires have been suspended until further notice. This includes all annual and temporary permits.

    Construction Plan Reviews - Please continue to drop off any construction plans for review at the front of the SWFD Headquarters Building located at 911 North County Highway 393 Mon-Fri 8am-4pm by placing in the designated drop-off box. Your plans will be processed as usual and you will be notified via email once the review is completed.

    Impact Fee Receipts - Impact fees will be processed online only. You will need to submit a completed Walton County Building Permit Application electronically through info@swfd.org. Once we receive your e-mailed request, we will process the impact fee. Payment for impact fees will only be accepted remotely via credit card or by mailed check at this time. Once payment has been remitted, we will email your SWFD Impact Fee Receipt.

    Emergencies – As always, we are here to serve you. If you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911.

    Our administrative staff may be reached at 850-267-1298 or via email through info@swfd.org

    SWFD is continuing to encourage all residents, visitors and guests to follow basic infection prevention guidelines including washing hands often, avoiding contact with sick people, social distancing, cleaning high-touch surfaces, and staying home when sick.

    For additional information on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to utilize the following resources:

    Walton County Department of Health - Florida Department of Health in Walton
    Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center - 1.866.779.6121
    Florida Department of Health - www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19
    Centers for Disease Control – COVID-19 Call Center available 24/7 +1 (866) 779-6121 or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.
    Yours in service to our community

    Ryan H. Crawford
    Fire Chief / Administrator
    South Walton Fire District

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