Two New Fire Inspectors Help The City of Palm Bay Grow
By Yvonne Martinez, City of Palm Bay // August 1, 2015
'We're fortunate to have these individuals'
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The Fire Marshal’s Office is currently orientating two new fire inspectors for duty to help with the growing number of building inspections in the city.
Chris Childs is in his first week of duty and Mayra Gomez is in her second month.
The two are certified fire inspectors will perform technical work in the inspection of commercial and multi-family buildings for compliance with state and local fire building codes.
They will also be responsible for reviewing building plans and specifications detailing new or modified construction.
“They are a great asset to the city and will help with the increasing demand we have for new and existing construction,” said Fire Marshal Ron Bailey.
“This will take a huge burden off the engine companies which have been doing a bulk of that additional work since 2009.”
Mayra Gomez moved to Palm Bay from Broward County where she worked for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
She was a fire inspector for 10 years there and spent three years in emergency dispatch.
“I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven,” Gomez said about coming to Palm Bay. She has been a certified fire inspector since 2000.
Chris Childs joins the city from Melbourne Beach where he worked as a volunteer firefighter. He graduated in 2013 with certifications in fire science and fire inspections.
At 23-year-old he’s ready to go wherever his career takes him in the fire service.
“We’re fortunate to have both of these individuals on our team,” Bailey added.
From January 1, 2015 to July 1, 2015 the city issued 191 new single family home permits and 394 commercial building permits. The combined total value is $88,981.763.