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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 through the Emergency Management Division; enforcement of animal regulations through the Animal Control Division; assistance and liaison with volunteer agencies through the Emergency Services Division; and computer, networking, and telecommunications support through the Information Technology Division. The Department works with county, state, and federal public agencies, volunteer entities, boards and committees to enhance the quality of life in St. Mary's County.

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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"


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.