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. Public Health Changes to County Beaches and Fishing Piers

    The County Commissioners voted at their June 23 meeting to implement operational changes at certain county beaches due to Public Health and sanitation concerns. Due to a compelling interest to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 from other regions with Read on...
  2. Queen Anne’s County Will Enter Next Phase of Stage Two in the Roadmap to Recovery Starting Friday, J

    Queen Anne’s County announces they will be following the latest guidance from the state of Maryland announced yesterday during Governor Hogan’s press conference on the next phase of stage two of the Roadmap to Recovery. Read on...
  3. Be Prepared for the Effects of COVID-19 on 2020 Hurricane Season

    Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services is updating response procedures to include COVID-19 as we plan for the 2020 hurricane season, and encourages everyone to do the same. Read on...
View All