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1.Why does a fire truck show up when I call for EMS?
In the case of life-threatening emergency, we will dispatch a fire truck along with an EMS unit to provide extra assistance since all of our personnel are EMTs and trained to provide Basic Life Support. In some situations an ambulance may be coming from a greater distance and a fire truck can start patient care.
2.When do I need to change my smoke detector batteries?
As of January 1 2015, a new Florida Statute regarding smoke detectors has been set in place. This new directive is aimed at saving more lives by eliminating the need to change smoke detector batteries multiple times throughout the year. New smoke detectors now required by law will have a 10 year battery life. See below for the full Statute; 

One-family, two-family dwellings and townhomes undergoing a repair, or a Level 1 alteration, as defined in the Florida Building Code, may use smoke alarms powered by 10-year nonremovable, nonreplaceable batteries in lieu of retrofitting such dwelling with smoke alarms powered by the dwelling’s electrical system. Effective January 1, 2015, a battery-powered smoke alarm that is newly installed or replaces an existing battery-powered smoke alarm must be powered by a nonremovable, nonreplaceable battery that powers the alarm for at least 10 years. The battery requirements of this section do not apply to a fire alarm, smoke detector, smoke alarm, or ancillary component that is electronically connected as a part of a centrally monitored or supervised alarm system. Florida Statute 553.883

For further questions please contact the Fire Department at (850) 892-8515

3.What can I legally burn and when can I burn it?
Leaves and yard debris are not allowed to be burned inside of the city limits without first obtaining a burn permit through the Florida Division of Forestry. The city will pickup yard debris if it is placed in a pile along the side of the roadway on your assigned trash pickup day. Residents may obtain a burn permit by calling the Florida Division of Forestry at (850) 373-1800. Warming Fires are permitted however they must be placed inside of an approved fire pit or barrel with a cover, and must be at least 25' from any structures as well as have a water source nearby for extinguishing. Open burning is not allowed within the city limits of DeFuniak Springs.
4.What is your response time?
Our average response time within City limits is five minutes.


City of DeFuniak Springs • 71 US Hwy 90 West• DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433• 850-892-8500•
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