Painting the town pink: Destin fire tones down their hydrants for a softer shade

(From left to right) Commissioner Ken Scoper, Commissioner Mike Buckingham and Commissioner Jack Wilson put the finishing touches on the first pink fire hydrant of the day.

Recently, the Destin Fire Control District employees began hand-painting a dozen or so fire hydrants pink throughout town, reminding everyone that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"We chose to paint the fire hydrants that would have the highest visibility," said Fire Chief Kevin Sasser.

The crew started with Station 9 on Airport Road and Station 10 on Crystal Beach Drive. After the hydrants outside the firehouses were painted, they moved on to areas like Main Street and Scenic Hwy. 98.

In addition to painting the hydrants, the Destin team is trading in their usual garb for pink duty shirts the entire month of October.

The shirts are available for purchase for $20 at Station 9 with the proceeds going to fund breast cancer charities working toward research and a cure.

"This is the first year we've done anything like this," said Commissioner Ken Scoper, referring to trading in their uniforms. Firefighters will also be participating in different events throughout the month, including taking part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 27 at Village Baptist Church. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m., sign your team up now at

The Fire District also took part in last Saturday’s 1st Annual Paddle for the Cure at Dewey Destin's Restaurant. The district then joined forces with the North Bay Fire District and Hard Rock Café for their Pinktober Campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Chief Sasser and Chief Joe Miller of North Bay earned over $250 in tips in two hours serving customers, donating all of the tips to the Pinktober Fund at Sacred Heart Hospital, a charity that pays for mammograms for those who cannot afford them.

“I think we did well, it was for a great cause. I even wore a pink wig,” joked Chief Sasser. To keep up with all of the Destin Fire Control District and their work around town go to

Fire Prevention:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month coincides with Fire Prevention Month. Destin firefighters will be visiting area schools and hosting their 1st annual charity flag football tournament. The tournament is taking place on Oct. 27 at the Morgan’s Sport Center with the proceeds going to injured local public safety members. Email for more details.