Fire Services

Contact Us

Fire Services
700 Highway 2300
Southport, FL 32409
Office hours are Monday – Friday, 7:30AM – 5:00PM CST
24 hour phone: 850.784.4000
Fax: 850.784.4010

Frequently Asked Questions

What district do I live in?

Visit the GIS map gallery to download the Fire Districts and Population map.

How do I get a fire report for insurance purposes?

Call 248-6040 if you live in Unincorporated Bay County and request one, or let your insurance company make the request. It is not required for you to leave your name and number, however if it makes it more convenient for you, we will call you when the report is ready.

Where do I get a burn permit? Do I even need one?

If you aren’t sure about yard debris or land clearing, it is best to call your local Forestry Office. If you need a permit, they will supply you with one.

Counties Served: Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Walton, and Washington

Chipola Forestry Center
Florida Division of Forestry
715 West 15 Street
Panama City, FL 32401
Telephone: 850/872-4175

Call 850-373-1801 for burn permits from the Florida Division of Forestry.

Chipola Forestry Center Website

Can I burn anything I want in my yard?

It is illegal to burn household garbage including paper products, treated lumber, plastics, rubber materials, tires, pesticide, paint and aerosol containers.

For more information visit the Division of Forestry Outdoor Burning and Forest Fire Laws Webpage.

What about fireworks?

Only Florida approved fireworks are allowed, we encourage people to leave fireworks for professional displays.

How can I become a volunteer firefighter?

Applications are available on our website. Applications may be submitted online or on the HR kiosk located in the lobby of Human Resources. The HR kiosk is available for use during normal business hours Monday-Friday from 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Library computers are also available for use.

You may apply online at by choosing “External Job Openings”. Click on “Volunteer Firefighter” position and click on the "Apply" link. If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will need to create an account and select a Username and Password. After your account has been established, you can build an application by clicking on the "Build Job Application" link.

As part of the application process, the Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) presentation and quiz must be completed before the online application will move to the next step of reviewing. Click here to view or download presentation.