Destin Fire Control District


Destin Fire Control District logoThe Destin Fire Control District is committed to saving lives and preserving property throughout the area served by the Fire District. The District has grown from its modest beginnings as a volunteer service, formed in 1961 by a handful of committed community leaders, to a full-time career fire department with over 75 employees.

The Destin Fire Control District was initially created under Chapter 71-787, House Bill No. 394, however, was later re-created and reenacted under Chapter 2000-417, House Bill No. 1487 of the Laws of Florida.  Below is the charter of the Destin Fire Control District:

DFCD – Chapter 2000-417


In addition to the mission of fighting fires, the Destin Fire Control District has evolved into several divisions that provide for the health and well being of the residents and visitors to the District. One such division is our Advanced Life Support Service. First response Advanced Life Support protection is provided for all medical and trauma calls in the District by highly trained paramedics proficient in the latest advancements in pre-hospital emergency medicine, including advance airway techniques, advanced cardiac care and specialized trauma care. The District holds these talented individuals to the highest standards of excellence in pre-hospital medicine.

Our Destin Beach Safety Patrol is another of our specialized rescue services.  Launched in response to a tragic day in 2003 when eight individuals lost their lives by drowning in the waters in and around Destin. Each Beach Safety Patrol member is trained to the rigorous standards of certification in ocean rescue by the United States Lifesaving Association required of the members of the Destin Beach Safety Patrol.  Funding for this important program is provided by the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council and the City of Destin.


Below is a listing of all taxes, fees, assessments or charges imposed and collected by the Destin Fire Control District:

  • Ad Valorem Taxes (current cap of 1.000 mills)
  • Impact Fees
  • Plan Review Fees
  • Re-Inspection Fees
  • Alarm Malfunction Fees
  • Public Record Fees


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