Division Personnel
The Operations Division of the Panama City Fire Department is staffed by 73 State Certified Firefighters, working 3 rotating 24-hour shifts.  The 3 operational battalions are managed by Battalion Chiefs Kent Taylor, Daniel Snapp and Scott Flitcraft.  On a daily basis, Personnel in the Operations Division staff 4 Engine Companies and 2 Ladder Companies.  

In addition to normal daily operations, the department also staffs a 26 ft. Fire / Rescue Boat and an exemplary Dive Team.  We are the home of a Type II Light Technical Rescue Team. We are awaiting the arrival of a new Rosenbauer Medium Rescue Truck to house the cache of specialized equipment that our Technical Rescue Team operates with.  We were able to purchase this vehicle because of a Homeland Security Grant we received through Port Panama City.  The Fire Boat, Dive Team, and Technical Rescue Team are all trained by members of our Operational Team who have received specialized training in specific disciplines to assure our members are operating at an optimum level.     

The First to Respond
During calendar year 2013, the Panama City Fire Department responded to a total of 1821 Fire Incidents, with an average response time of 3.24 minutes for the first arriving Engine Company.  This response time continues to be well below the minimum 4-minute response time recommended by the National Fire Protection Association. 

Fire Statistics
In looking at statistics for 2013, the department responded to fires in structures and other venues valued at over $55,000,000.00. With a total estimated fire loss of $1,924,765.00, this equates to a percentage of loss at 3.5%; or stated another way, of the fires occurring in 2013; the Panama City Fire Department saved over 96% of the property involved.

In addition to the shift personnel, the activities of the Operations Division are directed by Assistant Fire Chief Gary Swearingen.  Chief Swearingen's schedule is normally Monday - Friday and he is responsible for melding the three shifts together into a cohesive group in order to accomplish the department’s goals and objectives.  The Operations Division is dedicated to protecting and serving the citizens of Panama City around the clock, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. 

City Motto
As the city's motto clearly states, we are: "Dedicated to Excellence, People Serving People."  The dedicated men and women of the Panama City Fire Department give so much of themselves to make our organization a state of the art Fire Department and something that the Citizens of Panama City should be proud of.