Century Fails To Comply With Required Fire Safety Requirements, Inspection Findings

February 11, 2018

A fire marshal inspection found multiple violations at a Century-owned community center, and the town failed to comply with required repairs, according county reports.

Century Mayor Henry Hawkins said at a recent town council meeting that he discovered buildings operated by the town of Century have not had required fire safety inspections since 2012 and community centers have been operated with the fire extinguishers removed. And he sad at that time extinguishers that remain are out of date and have not had required inspections in over five years.

NorthEscambia.com obtained the most recent fire inspection, dated November 6, on the “Ag Building” community center on West Highway 4.  The fire inspection found the sprinkler system, fire alarm and fire extinguishers need to be inspected. The fire inspector also found emergency lights to be inoperative and  ceiling tile that needs replacing in an electrical room.

The town was given two weeks from the November 6 report to correct the violations, and a follow-up inspection was scheduled for November 20.

According to Escambia Fire Rescue’s Fire Prevention Division, an inspector contacted the mayor’s office prior to the follow-up inspection date, but he was told the repairs had not yet been addressed. A compliance inspection was never performed.

“Generally when a business receives a violations notice, they are allotted 10 business days to address the violations.  After that time, a compliance inspection is conducted to verify repairs have been made.  In certain situations, the business is given additional time to have the repairs completed,” according to Escambia Fire Rescue.

According to a county spokesperson, other town-owned buildings such as the town hall and the Century Business Center have not had recent fire inspector visits.

At a Century Town Council meeting last week, Hawkins said he would be purchasing new fire extinguishers.

Pictured: A crowd attends Martin Luther King Day event inside the Ag Building in Center on Monday, January 15. According to the mayor, the building has not had a required fire safety inspection since 2012 and fire extinguishers were removed from the facility. Pictured below: The Century Business Center. NorthEscambia.com file photos, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “Century Fails To Comply With Required Fire Safety Requirements, Inspection Findings”

  1. Chelleepea on February 11th, 2018 3:18 pm

    Too bad there wasn’t time between when the mayor discovered that the fire extinguishers were missing and the inspection to correct the problem. But I’m sure the city was given time to correct the issue. Keep your chin up Century. Good things are bound to come here soon…… the mayor and council will have to hustle, there’s a lot of years of neglect to make up for.

    Come to think of it, the only council woman that has come around and spoken to us about the city was Mrs. Nadine McCall.

  2. Citizen on February 11th, 2018 2:33 pm

    Does Century pay Danheisser to be their attorney? If he is on the payroll he has failed the people of Century. Attorneys are not there in case you get in a legal problem or tort.

    If so you need to fire him and get one on staff who understands municipal law. Good government basically follow a system of laws, codes, ordinances. Perhaps a qualified city manager that can also be a municipal accountant–Some one on staff and not an elected official– Some one with a degree in public administration. The person on staff does not have to reside in town.

    Constitution–FL Statutes–Comprehensive Plan–Land Development code– 0rdinances

    The charter of the municipality.

    Keep a calendar.

    Everyday shouldn’t be a surprise, nor a chance to call out someone in their “infinite wisdom” That backfired.

    Even a notebook called an SOP would help. (Standard Operating Procedure)

    League of Cities–


  3. retired on February 11th, 2018 8:18 am

    If the buildings are not in compliance, the shut them down until they are.

  4. tg on February 11th, 2018 8:16 am

    Century cut it short and Call It A Day.

  5. chris on February 11th, 2018 7:56 am

    A poorly managed entity can be an embarrassment, as well as an eyesore, or a money pit. But now the safety of individuals becomes jeapordized. Whether it be current or past administration, it’s just another sign of mis-management.

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