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. QAC Parks & Recreation Staff and Public Safety Community Recognized for Heroism

    The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners recognized the Department of Parks and Recreation Staff and our Public Safety Community for heroism demonstrated on March 15, 2023. Department of Parks & Recreation, staff members Read on...
  2. QAC nationally recognized for commitment to quality care for heart attacks & strokes by AHA

    The Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services has received its sixth American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold achievement award for its commitment to offering rapid, research-based care to people experiencing the most Read on...
  3. Rescued Kittens Vincent and Vinny Seek Foster Homes at Animal Services

    A heartwarming tale unfolded at the Vincit Building in Centreville on Tuesday morning when an employee discovered a tiny kitten seeking refuge under one of the county vehicles. Read on...
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