Bay Co. Sheriff's Deputies Continue Making Beach Patrol Improvements

Kira spent her Wednesday afternoon watching her dad, Lt. David Baldwin, participate in beach and surf training exercises.

"I like how they get to rescue people from the water," she said.

Baldwin's part of a team of 19. They have all been certified in the Red Cross' lifeguard program.

Wednesday they trained for the United States Lifeguard Association certification.

"Which is probably the highest training of lifeguards in the states," said Lt. David Baldwin, with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office has made some changes this year.

"The sheriff has created a beach precinct that allows us to get more resources to the beach," said Major Tommy Ford.

The reorganization increased the number of deputies patrolling the beach from 5-to-19.

It has improved response time by putting more people closer to the beach.

In fact, about 60% of the precinct members have been involved in a water rescue.

"It's an uncomfortable feeling sometimes going out into conditions that are unsafe, but it's part of our duty to go out and save lives," Baldwin says.

And Kira, may follow in her father's footsteps.

"Maybe be a lifeguard," she said.

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