The mission of the Accomack County Department of Public Safety (DPS) is to provide the highest level of life and property safety to our customers through the extension of fire prevention, fire control, emergency medical, disaster preparedness and public education services. We are in place to respond quickly in an effort to save lives.
Administration & Liaison: Staffed by the Director of Public Safety and an Administrative Assistant, function to support career staff, act as a liaison between the volunteer fire/EMS agencies and County government, and serve on regional committees/groups to advance emergency services within the County.
Operations: Emergency Services in Accomack County are provided through a combination volunteer/career system which includes 50 career personnel (full-time and part-time) assigned to operations and over 600 dedicated volunteer members. Services are delivered from 14 independent volunteer fire companies and 1 independent volunteer rescue squad. Crews respond to an estimated 7,000 calls annually.
In addition to emergency response, DPS personnel provide the following services and programs: free smoke detector program, disaster preparedness presentations, Citizen Emergency Response Training (CERT), and community CPR. Contact our office to schedule or to learn more.