For the Panama City Fire Department, the Fire Prevention Division is under the direction of Division Chief Kent Taylor.  This section consists of 1 Fire Inspector / Investigator, Lt. Bob Goree, one Civilian Fire Inspector / Investigator Sherman Dalton, and one Fire Prevention Support Specialist, Mary Lou Hodson.   

Responsibilities for this very important life safety section include: 
  • Annual Inspections and reinspections of over 3,000 Businesses within the City of Panama City
  • Answering Citizen Complaints
  • Fire Investigations
  • Flow Tests on Fire Hydrants
  • Annexation Checks
  • Enforcement of Fire Lanes Laws and Ordinances
  • Enforcement of the Open Burning Ordinance
  • Reviewing Fire Plans
  • Safety and Hurricane Preparedness
Fire Prevention is also very active in our community through various community programs such as: 
  • Inspections of special events such as Festivals and 4th of July Fireworks activities
  • Public Education Programs
  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Large scale Public Education Events, such as Kidfest and Fire Prevention Fest
Public safety is our division's main focus, and with the city growing, it's a job we take seriously.