The help with Dorian comes nearly a year after Bay County and surrounding affected areas were hit hard by Hurricane Michael.

FLORIDA — First responders from the Florida Panhandle have been sent over to other areas of the state that could be affected by Hurricane Dorian, according to Panama City Beach Fire and Rescue Chief Larry Couch.

The first responders sent over are from Region 1, which covers Escambia to Gulf counties. The help with Dorian comes nearly a year after Bay County and surrounding affected areas were hit hard by Hurricane Michael.

“They all came to help us when Michael came to hit, so we’re repaying the favor,” Couch said. “They’re getting an influx from all over the state.”

Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas and the exact impact it would have on Florida was unknown Tuesday afternoon. The storm is not projected to affect the Panhandle. The Bay County community, which is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael after the Category 5 storm devastated the area in October 2018, has sent prayers and well wishes to those affected by Dorian.

Fire engines with paramedics from Region 1 have been sent over to other parts of Florida. Other local first responders are prepared to help.

“We’re going to be placed on standby as back-up crew,” Couch said. “It’s a lot of uncertainty.”

Couch said Panhandle responders sent elsewhere are in staging areas and Hurricane Dorian is the type of event first responders prepare for. Like everyone else, Panhandle first responders sent to help with Dorian are watching the news to see where the storm goes, Couch said.

“We hate to see one,” Couch said. “People need us on their worst day.”