Emergency Services Division

The Emergency Services Division is comprised of the Fire Rescue Bureau and the Communications Bureau.


The Emergency Services Bureau is commanded by Fire Chief Austin Pugh. This Division is responsible for 911 communications and providing fire suppression and fire prevention services to nine of the twelve fire districts and emergency medical services (EMS) to all twelve fire districts north of the bay in Walton County.

Fire Rescue Districts

  • District 1 : Paxton
  • District 2: Woodlawn & Pleasant Ridge
  • District 3: Gaskin & Darlington
  • District 4: DeFuniak Springs
  • District 5: Windswept
  • District 6: Glendale
  • District 7: Liberty
  • District 8: Redbay
  • District 9: Argyle
  • District 10: Choctaw Beach
  • District 11: Mossy Head
  • District 12: Freeport


The Communications Bureau is commanded by Lieutenant Jason Hall. The Communications Bureau is the Public Safety Answering Center (911 Center). This bureau includes law enforcement & fire rescue communication officers and supervisory staff that answer and monitor over 150,000 emergency and non-emergency calls per year.  WCSO communication officers are certified in Emergency Medical Dispatch and CPR.