The first of many meetings between the Holley-Navarre, Midway and Navarre Beach fire departments to discuss the possibility of consolidating into one fire department will take place next Friday, March 31.
Midway Fire Chief Jonathan Kanzigg met with Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton earlier this month and secured the date for the first meeting.
Prior to setting the meeting date, all three departments met at their respective Board of Fire Commissioners meetings and voted to move forward with talks of consolidating.
Kanzigg approached each department head about the idea earlier this year after learning the pros of consolidating at a recent Fire Chiefs Conference in south Florida.
The open public meeting will take place at the Holley-Navarre Fire Station at 9 a.m. The department is located at 8618 Esplanade Street, directly behind the Winn Dixie in Navarre.
This meeting will be the first of many before the departments could consider putting the issue on an upcoming ballot.
First, the departments will have to do a Feasibility Study to determine whether the move will be cost effective and they will also have to decide a new millage rate for the district, which would also be on the ballot.