PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL - Panama City Beach firefighters will now have an extra layer of protection as they work to save lives.
The station received thirty-five new bullet proof vests.
Crews who respond to medical calls will wear them.
The vests were purchased from a partnership grant through Firehouse Subs and The Iron Man Foundation.
PCB Firefighters paid for the remainder.
Deputy Fire Chief Larry Couch said there's been a rise in crews getting hurt while on duty.
"Every medical call as it stands right now our firefighters will be wearing the vests and simply because if you're about to get in an accident with a car, you can't say ooh, wait - I'm a put my seatbelt on - same thing with these. We want our gals and guys to be as safe as possible," said Couch.
Couch also said the beach is the first station in Northwest Florida to receive the vests.
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