Department of Emergency Services (DES)

About the Department

The Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services is a department that brings together four closely tied yet distinct functions or divisions, operating under one umbrella. The Communications, Emergency Medical Services, Support Services, Special Operations and Office of the Fire Marshal functions are lead by Assistant Chiefs who oversee complex organizations, have equal rank, and manage their divisions as separate operations, while at that same time enjoying a close partnership with the other Chiefs sharing ideas and resources. One Division does not take higher priority over the other; each has an equal voice in the decision making process of the Department. Budgets are prepared independently forming a Department budget with five components while distinct needs may be met by transferring funds as needed across the Divisions.

This model creates a functioning team of emergency services providers under a common infrastructure. Administrative and support cost are shared across divisions providing for economies of scale. Division staff are crossed trained to better serve the community and accomplish our mission.

  1. Stand Up Against Substance Abuse this September ‘Go Purple’ with QAC Goes Purple

    Queen Anne’s County is taking a stand against opioid and other substance abuse with a new campaign this September. The campaign, titled QAC Goes Purple, is an awareness and prevention program that empowers our youth and our community to ‘Go Purple’ Read on...
  2. Public Health Advisory

    Public Health Advisory - There have been two possible opioid fatalities in the last 12 hours in the Kent Island and Grasonville area. Public Safety Officials are concerned there is a potent mixture in the area. Read on...
  3. QACTV takes a CERT class! Sign up now!

    QACTV spent some time with DES taking their CERT training.To sign up, go to! Read on...
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