Department of Emergency Services (DES)

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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. Sign Up for Community Emergency Response Team Training in Crumpton

    QAC is offering C.E.R.T. training from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mon & Wed from September 9 - October 2 at Crumpton Volunteer Fire Department. To sign up, go to and click on the CERT logo. Read on...

    On Wed, July 24th, a sudden cardiac arrest death struck a patron at the Queenstown Moose Lodge. At approximately 10:15 pm the QAC DES 9-1-1 center received a call for a non-breathing and unresponsive subject at the Queenstown Moose located on Main St. Read on...
  3. DES Receives Prestigious Award

    DES has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Read on...
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