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Emergency Services

The St. Mary's County Department of Emergency Services is a multifaceted agency that provides 9-1-1 call taking and dispatching through the Emergency Communications Division; disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery operations through the Emergency Management Division; emergency medical response through the Emergency Medical Services Division; enforcement of animal regulations through the Animal Control Division; protection and compassionate care to companion animals through the Animal Services Division. Emergency Services assists and liaisons with volunteer Fire and EMS agencies. The Department works in partnership with local, state, and federal public and private agencies, volunteer entities, boards, and committees to enhance the quality of life for citizens in St. Mary's County.

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The Emergency Services logo - symbols for fire, 911, law enforcement, and ems services on top of a shield with the four quadrants of the Maryland flag. Reads 'St. Mary's County Emergency Services'.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the St. Mary's County Department of Emergency Services is to connect people in need of assistance to first responders that provide necessary services.

"Connecting people in need ... to people with solutions"

Value Statement


We serve as the central point of contact for services, provide communications solutions to first responding firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel and public safety officials.

We coordinate emergency management efforts to protect life and property.

We provide these services with a staff of highly competent and efficient personnel working in the areas of communications, emergency management, animal control and administrative support.


We pledge to uphold the public trust by maintaining the highest standards of ethical and moral standards.


We will treat all persons respectfully, courteously and equally, without regard for race, color, sex, gender, age, marital status. Sexual orientation, pregnancy, ancestry, national origin, religion or belief, political affiliation or opinion, physical or mental disability or any other non-merit factor.