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The Florida Fire Chief Association comes to Panama City Beach

Published: Jul. 17, 2021 at 10:38 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - This is the first time in over 20 years that the Florida Fire Chiefs Association Executive Development Conference has been in Panama City Beach.

“It is an honor to be recognized, the panhandle is growing a lot. so having this conference here just puts the spotlight on the panhandle and really helps us get the funding we need to do our job,” Ray Morgan, Panama City Beach Fire Cheif said.

The conference is a way for fire officials to discuss experiences, share ideas, and give participants a broader view of fire service issues.

“We bring in chiefs, officers from all over the state and sometimes out of the state to come in and share best practices and we talk about new technologies and it is just really good for us to come together,” The Florida Fire Chiefs Association First Vice President Doug Riley said.

The conference was supposed to be in Panama City Beach last year but was canceled last year because of COVID-19.

Riley tells us he and everyone else who made it are glad to be back and communing with their fire family again.

“So it is really nice to be back in this beautiful area and this beautiful sunshine and being able to catch up with old friends and meet new ones and share our experiences and start getting back to our new sense of normalcy,” Riley said.

The conference will run until July 20th.

“Ultimately our goal is to learn how to be better administrators of our departments so we can attain legislation and attain the funding that we need to protect the public,” Morgan said.

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