Bay County Chamber of Commerce gives back to frontline workers

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 8:23 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - They’re on call day in and day out and now the community is answering the call to give back to first responders.

Emergency medical service workers have seen an increase in calls the past few months, nonstop on the clock.

“Since June our call volumes, have nearly tripled. Our crews are tired a little short-staffed, but I think that’s just an issue with EMS nationally,” said Nicolas Dickinson, Bay County EMS Lieutenant and Paramedic.

Now, the community is making sure they have their essential needs.

“You know often we do our job and all over the community. So it’s nice to see members of the community and the business community recognize us and to share with us by providing a meal while we’re here for this training,” said Danny Page, Bay County EMS Interim Chief, EMS Division.

Currently, the emergency medical services division is having a training week.

“We’re covering emergency driving, our professional training for that. We’re covering CPR and first aid for law enforcement k-9s and also covering the treatment of patients with autism,” Page said.

Members of public safety said it’s not often they’re able to eat together. But thanks to the chamber of commerce, they’re able to do that all week long.

“To be able to sit down with our EMS family and have a full meal. And sit down and chat and train. It’s really rare for us. We’re usually always on the go, we’re usually grabbing a snack from the E.R. a snack from the convenience store,” Dickinson said.

Local businesses chipped in to help provide the meals, but it’s more than just a meal. They’re glad their hard work is being recognized.

“We’re fortunate to have the chamber providing us lunch this week. And the businesses who are members of the chamber for providing that for us. We appreciate that very much,” Page said.

Giving back to those who give the most.

The Bay County Chamber of Commerce would not have been able to provide these meals without the help of their numerous sponsors.

Sponsors include:

St. Joe Community Foundation

Bay County Contractors Association (BCCA)

Chevron USA

Innovations Credit Union

Panama City Golf Carts

Emerald Coast Answerphone

Sonny’s BBQ

Michael Rogers

Nichols & Associates

Betty Swindle

Panhandle Credit Union

Tommy Cooley

Hutt Insurance

Anderson Construction

Doug Smith

June Freeman

Gayle Oberst

Summit Real Estate

Vic Jones

Darren Haiman

Topeka Humphries

Hutchinson Family Foundation

Rob Blue

The Clemons Company

John Harper

Delores Paton

Catherine Whitmire

Rosa Long

Carpe Diem Community Solutions

Sharon Davis

Jamie Shepard

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