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
Flow Tests on Fire Hydrants
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.