Fire and Arson Investigation is a complicated process that requires a coordinated effort between the City of Panama City Fire Department, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Panama City Police Department.  This cooperative arrangement melds the combined resources of the fire and law enforcement communities to improve our fire investigation and arson detection capabilities. 

Determining Causes
The cause of most fires are determined by the firefighting crews that respond to them. However, if a fire cause cannot be determined, if there is a high dollar loss, an injury or fatality, or if the Battalion Chief on duty suspects that the fire is of a suspicious origin, one of our investigators may be called upon to assist in determining the fire's cause.  
The Panama City Fire Department currently has 2 Investigators on staff. On an annual basis, our investigators conduct an average of 35 to 40 investigations with approximately 22% of these investigations being considered arson or incendiary fires. 

Reporting Arson

If you have any information concerning an arson fire or other fire you believe to be of suspicious origin, please feel free to call or email your information to any of the Investigators listed above. 
In addition to the resources stated above, suspicious and/or arson fires can also be reported to the Florida State Fire Marshal's Office or Crime Stoppers.  In some cases, a reward may be offered for information which leads to the arrest and / or conviction of a suspected arsonist.