- Mission/Vision Statement
The Niceville Fire Department is committed to serving the community with the highest level of protection for life and property. This will be achieved by providing compassionate service in an atmosphere that encourages innovation, professional development and diversity.
To be recognized as a leader and role model in emergency services for the City of Niceville. To strive for professionalism by maintaining the highest performance standards possible through training and education; utilizing all resources available.
We will never bring disgrace to our city by any dishonesty or cowardice, nor ever desert our suffering comrades in the ranks; we will fight for the ideals and sacred things of our city, both alone and with many; we will revere and obey the city's laws and do our best to incite a like respect and reverence in those about us; and thus, in all ways, we will strive to transmit this city not less but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.
" I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The positions may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which a fireman has to do, believe that his is a noble calling. There is an adage that says that 'Nothing can be destroyed except by fire'. We strive to preserve from destruction the wealth of the world, which is the product of the industry of men, necessary for the comforts of both the rich and poor. We are the defenders from fire, of the art, which has beautified the world, the product of the genius of men and the means of refinement of mankind. But above all, our proudest endeavor is to save the lives of men - the work of God himself. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even at the supreme sacrifice. Such considerations may not strike the average mind, but they are sufficient to fill to the limit our ambition in life and to make us serve the general purpose of human society. "
- Edward F. Croker, Chief
New York Fire Department
1899 through 1911