The Panama City Fire Department welcomes many changes

By Larissa Scott | lscott@wmbb.com

Published 07/28 2016 11:51PM

Updated 07/28 2016 11:51PM

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Members of the Panama City Fire Department consider themselves cutting edge, launching new programs and developing a brand new team of firefighters.
 
But just a few months ago, things looked much different, when a scandal rocked the organization. 
 
According to reports, last September, the Panama City Fire Department was in the middle of an internal investigation involving two of their firefighters allegedly bringing women and drugs into the department after hours. 
 
Those two men resigned immediately, but that incident, coupled with other resignations, and several retirements, left some pretty big gaps in the fire department. 
 
"We've had a 38% change in our firefighters since December last year," said Panama City Fire Chief Alex Baird. 
 
Since then, Fire Chief Alex Baird has hired a number of new people, and promoted others, moving forward in a way that's really benefiting the community.
 
"They're very eager, they're very aggressive. They are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. All I have to do is say I need this done and it gets done. So it's great to see that type of attitude in a young fire fighter," said Baird.
 
PCFD will soon be launching a new program to service citizens. 
 
"On January 1st we plan to initiate our basic life support service. We will start responding to life threatening calls as EMT's now, not just as first responders," said Baird. 
 
PCFD said they're also  working to improve the exterior of the department, implementing a new look, so citizens can immediately identify the organization.

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