Emergency Services Department

Barrow County The Emergency Services Department has many county-wide functions including fire services, emergency medical services, emergency management, and 911 communications. The combined fire and emergency medical services consist of six manned fire/EMS stations operating 24/7 with nine fire engines, one ladder truck, eight ambulances, one command vehicle, a rehab unit, and an air/light unit. The county’s ISO rating is 5/9/10. Emergency Management prepares for, responds to, and recovers from natural and manmade hazards, maintains and updates the county’s local emergency operations plan, and performs community outreach programs regarding emergency preparedness. The 911 communication center dispatches for the county’s Emergency Services, county Sheriff’s Office, Winder Police and Fire Departments, Statham Police Department, and the Auburn Police Department. Lastly, this department also performs fire investigations, fire safety inspections and consultations, and search and rescues, reviews plans for new structures for fire and life/safety code compliance, and maintains a CERT program, a Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and 911 Advisory Board.

Fire Station Headquarters
222 Pleasant Hill Church Road, NE
Winder, GA 30680

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday

John Skinner
Interim Emergency Services Director/EMA Director
770-307-2987 ext. 3405

Alan Shuman
Interim Deputy Chief
770-307-2987 ext. 3774

Penny Clack
Emergency Management Coordinator/EMA Deputy Director
770-307-2987 ext. 1842

Scott Dakin
Public Information Officer


Department Stats
Full-Time Employees: 123
FY 2014 Budget: $5,707,926