Fire Chief Alexander R. Baird has been actively involved in the Fire Rescue services for over twenty-five years. He began his career as a United States Air Force medic assigned to Homestead Air Force Base in South Florida. In 1989 Chief Baird was hired by the City of Hallandale Beach Department of Fire Rescue as a Firefighter Paramedic. He has moved up through ranks holding the position of Fire Rescue Lieutenant, Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Deputy Fire Rescue Chief at his retirement. During his tenure with the City of Hallandale Beach, he had been assigned the tasks of emergency management planning and coordination, and coordination of the City’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program among other projects.
On began his service with the City of Panama City on March 3rd, 2014 as the Fire Chief for the City of Panama City’s Fire Department.
Chief Baird holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Barry University, is a Florida certified Firefighter and Paramedic. He also holds his Florida Professional Emergency Manager’s Certificate through the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association.
Chief Baird is responsible for all emergency services provided to the citizens of Panama City.