Effective February 28, 2013, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) officially ended their operational oversight of the Freeport Fire Department. Tom Palmer was unanimously supported by his co-workers and the Freeport City Council to become the Department’s first ever Fire Captain. Captain Palmer will be the Department’s ranking officer-in-charge until such time as a fire chief is selected. The WCSO will continue to provide limited assistance with administrative issues until a permanent fire chief is in place. The Freeport City Council is expected to fill the position of Fire Chief within the next few weeks.
WCSO stepped in approximately eight (8) months ago when Al Ford was named Interim Chief. During this operational time period, the Freeport Fire Department underwent several positive changes, to include new uniforms for firefighters, clean up and remodeling of the station, the institution of a rank structure and increase of morale.