Chief Kent Taylor's fire service career began at the Asbury Park Fire Dept. in Asbury Park, New Jersey where he worked as a Firefighter/EMT for two years. He was hired by the Panama City Fire Department on July 12, 2002 and has promoted through the ranks Fire Engineer, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, and Division Chief. He currently serves as the Assistant Fire Chief of Operations. He achieved his Associate's Degree in Fire Science at Gulf Coast State College and his Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science at Columbia Southern University. He is a State of Florida certified Pump Operator, Live Fire Training Instructor, Incident Command Systems, Fire and Life Safety Inspector I & II, Fire Investigator I, Fire Officer I & II, Instructor III, Fire & Life Safety Public Educator, and Criminal Justice Informations Services.
He has been married for more than twenty-five years, and has three children and three grandchildren.