The Midway Fire District was incorporated in September 1963. It has gone from apparatus being kept at people's houses and under sheds at local businesses, to the modern facilities that we have today. Up until 1982 the department operated on a donations basis. In 1982, the Midway Fire Protection District was formed. The District is funded with ad-valorem taxes from the property owners of the District.
In January 1998, the District made another change by putting career firefighters on duty during the day time hours when volunteers are not available to run calls. On November 25, 2001, we took another step in protecting our citizens by having two shifts working 12 hours a day seven days a week.
On July 9, 2002, the Fire Commissioners of the Midway Fire District, with direction from Chief David Burnett, took a big step in protecting the Life and Property of our citizens. They approved 24/7 coverage for our residents, starting on August 1, 2002. This put Career Firefighters on duty at both stations around the clock on three 24 hour shifts.
Until August 2003, career personnel lived in a two bay garage where they converted an 8x10 office into a bunk room with two sets of bunk beds. They were ecstatic when they moved into the new station on College Pkwy., pictured here.
In 2004, the District became licensed as an ALS first response agency, the first fire department in Santa Rosa County to offer Paramedic services. The District also formed a Special Operations and Hazardous Materials team. The team is a fully equipped well trained unit. The majority of the Midway Fire District personnel are certified as Hazardous Materials Technicians. The District also started a Fire Prevention Bureau. The Prevention Bureau is charged with performing Fire Inspections, Plans Review, Fire Investigations, and Public Education.
In 2006, The District added 6 new Firefighter positions through the Federal SAFER grant. This brought staffing up to 24 personnel assigned to shift work. The $600,000 grant was a very competitive process, but the District was able to utilize a risk base assessment to show the need for additional line personnel and receive the grant.