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 David Jernigan, Chris Burger
In addition to normal daily operations, the department also staffs a 28 ft. Fire / Rescue Boat and an exemplary Dive Team. We are the home of a Type II Light Technical Rescue Team. The team uses a 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 Port 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
In addition to the shift personnel, the activities of the Operations Division are directed by Assistant Fire Chief Gary H. 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 providing a highly trained, motivated team to provide emergency services and protection to our citizens and visitors.
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.