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PCB Fire Stations closed to the public

Post Date:03/19/2020 4:00 PM

A MESSAGE FROM PCB FIRE RESCUE

Panama City Beach Fire Rescue Offices and Fire Stations are closed to the public to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19.

Following the direction of Gov. Ron Desantis, Panama City Beach Fire Rescue is taking numerous protective actions to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. The department will continue to fulfill its mission of protecting our citizens and guests from fire, providing EMS services, beach safety and education and engaging the public all while taking aggressive steps to ensure the safety of the public and our staff. Your safety, and that of our employees is of the upmost importance to us.

In light of the continued threat of COVID-19, our team has taken a number of precautions to maintain a healthy environment for all, and to maintain a continuity of operations. Our mission remains at the forefront of everything we do, and we are taking every necessary step to provide the emergency services you rely on, with minimal level of disruption as events unfold.

Therefore, effective immediately: All Panama City Beach Fire Rescue stations and offices are now closed to the public until further notice in order to preserve critical Fire/EMS services. The public is discouraged from visiting any of the stations unless you have a fire or medical emergency. We appreciate your understanding and assistance as we deal with the evolving COVID-19 situation.

All public education programs, special events, and fire station tours have been cancelled until further notice.

Administrative staff are equipped with technology allowing them to work remotely for an extended period of time while continuing the department's functions if necessary.

The Panama City Beach City Council will be evaluating the status of operations on a daily/weekly basis to minimize risks for all City employees and citizens.

All facilities are receiving more stringent daily cleanings and additional protocols to protect employee health, including social distancing, are now in place.

Beach Bonfires: Beach Bonfires have been suspended until further notice. This includes ALL permits.

Construction Plan Reviews: Please contact the Fire Inspection Division Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by phone for questions concerning plans in process or to drop-off new plans. Your plans will be processed as usual and you will be notified once the review is completed.

Emergencies: As always, we are here to serve you. If you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911.

Our administrative staff may be reached at 850-233-5120 or via email using the city website, www.pcbgov.com.

Panama City Beach Fire Rescue is encouraging all residents, visitors and guests to follow basic infection prevention guidelines including washing hands often, avoiding contact with sick people, social distancing, cleaning high-touch surfaces, and staying home if sick.

For additional information on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to utilize the following resources:

Bay County Health Department

Florida Department of Health 

Center for Disease Control-COVID-19 Call Center available 24/7

Thank you for your time and understanding during this challenging time.

In your Service to our community,

Larry J Couch Jr.
Fire Chief
Panama City Beach Fire Rescue

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