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Fla. FF-medic retires after 41 years serving community

Firefighter-Paramedic Willis “Bill” Halfacre joined the Ensley Volunteer Fire Department 1981


Firefighter-Paramedic Bill Halfacre retired after 41 years serving the community, beginning in 1981.

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By FireRescue1 Staff

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. — Members of Escambia County Fire Rescue gathered to celebrate the career and retirement of Firefighter-Paramedic Willis “Bill” Halfacre after 41 years, ABC 3 WEAR-TV reported.

Halfacre began his career in 1981 as a firefighter with the Ensley Volunteer Fire Department before joining Escambia County in 1989 as an EMT. He earned his paramedic certification in 1994 and later joined Escambia County Fire Rescue full-time in January 2000.

During his retirement ceremony, Halfacre reflected on his decades of service.

“It takes a lot of mentality,” he said. “You have to be in the job. You have to take care of yourself. You have to further your education, stay up on things. Things change. Fire services has changed so much from the time I joined to where we are today and it’s going to continue to change. You just gotta be willing to change with it.”