Fire Prevention Week’s open house welcomes 1,800 visitors at MFD

Published on October 11, 2016 with No Comments


Last weekend over 1,800 people attended Milton Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Week’s open house. Milton Fire Chief John Reble said it was an unprecedented success.

“The guys worked hard to make this an enjoyable activity. We appreciate the support and participation of all of our partners to make it such a great event,” he said.


Fire Chief John Reble and Andy Armadillo

Displays and partners on hand:

  1. Engine 23, Rescue 23, Marine 23
  2. Major Incident Response Unit (Decon Trailer)
  3. Milton Police Department
  4. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office
  5. Trauma Intervention Program
  6. Florida Fish and Wildlife boat
  7. Florida Highway Patrol
  8. Blackwater Pyrates
  9. Santa Rosa Medical Center
  10. Blinded Veterans Association
  11. Lifeguard Ambulance
  12. One Blood
  13. Habitat for Humanity
  14. State Fire Marshal’s Office Bomb Unit
  15. Santa Rosa Kid’s House
  16. Santa Rosa County Health Department
  17. Gulf Breeze Fire Department Ladder 33
  18. Complete DKI (Inflatable fire safety house)
  19. LIfeguard One flyover
  20. American Red Cross
  21. Fire and Emergency Services Gulf Coast (Navy Fire)
  22. Firehouse Subs
  23. Krystal
  24. Whataburger
  25. Tastee Freeze


Reble said he’s excited about a new rescue truck coming soon to replace the current truck, (2001 model) which is the busiest of the fleet.

“The rescue responds to medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, brush fires and other rescue situations. It is similar with increased capacity and will fulfill the same role as the current truck,” he said. “It will be funded by the fire assessment fee. This purchase sets us on a 10 year replacement cycle we’ve worked to achieve for many years.

“At this pace the department will get a new rescue every 10 years and a new engine every 10 years,” he said, placing a new engine in 2022.

The chief said all of the department’s service engines are in serviceable (reliable) condition.

“With the arrival of the new rescue, our fleet will be completely modern,” he said.



The department’s response times remain the best in the county. Fire loss is consistently low. This benefits not only those who sustain loss but also city residents through low insurance rates and peace of mind.

“These are tangible benefits when there is an emergency,” Reble said, “as we have an agency of 16 people with 176 years of accumulative experience.”

The city response time is consistently less than 6 minutes, he said, being the national benchmark is 6. All of this information is on the city website at


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