PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - "I grew up next door to a fire station. My dad was a firefighter, so that's all I wanted to do," Chief Dwight Gordon says.
No matter where his travels took him, Chief Dwight Gordon always found a way to do what he loved. During his 20 year career in the military, he served with fire fighting teams and volunteered wherever he was stationed.
"It's in my blood," says Gordon.
Gordon has been with Pass Christian's Fire Department for 6 years, but he says his experiences outside the Mississippi Gulf Coast will help shape the direction he leads the department.
"By coming from different areas and not having my training solely in Pass Christian, I have other ideas or things I've seen that work," says Gordon.
Though only two weeks in as chief, Gordon has the hit the ground running trying to get his department back up to speed after Hurricane Katrina.
"Within three to four weeks, we should have our second station rebuilt which was lost after Katrina," says Gordon.
The new station will sit on the west side of town. Gordon says the department also plans to have all of its equipment replaced, including new rescue and engine trucks, by fall of this year.
"We're going to continue what it takes to make fire protection and the medical response to the city the best we can," says Gordon.
In trying to make his department the best it can be, Gordon says it all boils down to building on the strength of each other.