The Fire Prevention Bureau consists of the Fire Marshal, one Captain and one Lieutenant. Together the staff of the bureau carry out our mission statement. “Through education, investigation, engineering, and enforcement the Pensacola Fire Department is committed to protecting the members of the Pensacola Fire Department and the citizens and guests of the City of Pensacola”. We implement the policies and programs that reduce the severity of emergencies, and prevent or minimize the loss of life, property and environmental damage. The Fire Prevention Bureau conducts fire inspections in commercial buildings for city and state licenses, certificates of occupancy, general fire safety inspections and acceptance testing of fire protection systems. Other duties include responding to both citizen and fire company officer complaints, plan review for compliance with the Florida Fire Prevention Code, coordination of Knox box installations, in-service training for company officers, and public education presentations.
In addition to working full time with the City of Pensacola, Allen was employed by HDCC & Associates headquartered in Mobile, Alabama.
In his HDCC biography it states:
Fire Code & Systems Specialistdavid@hdccfi.com Fire Marshall David Allen has been serving the Pensacola Fire Department since 1988. David supervises code inspections for more than 3000 businesses in his area annually. He also provides code interpretations and conducts all plan reviews for his Department. As a graduate of Columbia Southern University, David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science along with an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Pensacola Junior College.
I have requested his forms 405 and or 406 regarding this outside employment. The City has not provided them to date.
Read the following Florida Commission on Ethics CEO 90-1:
CEO 90-1 -- January 24, 1990
Would a prohibited conflict of interest exist were an arson investigator and a personnel officer with a city fire department to operate a private fire consultation and expert witness service in areas outside the city?
Your question is answered in the affirmative with regard to the arson investigator and in the negative with regard to the personnel officer.
David Allen is not the right person for this job! The Department needs someone WITHOUT the history and baggage associated with decades inside the Department.