Emergency Services

The Barrow County Emergency Services Department (BCES) includes Fire Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management, and Emergency Communications within one blended department. Firefighters and Emergency Medical personnel are trained to serve in both capacities and work interchangeably during their workday.

The Emergency Medical Division is responsible for providing advanced pre-hospital emergency medical care to all Barrow County citizens and visitors.

The Emergency Medical Division operates six strategically placed fire stations that include 8 state-licensed Medical Response Apparatus (Ambulance), Command and Support Apparatus, and 1 Medical Response Apparatus stationed at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Barrow. The Medical Response Apparatus stationed at NGHS Barrow is provided through a Public/Private Partnership where Barrow County has contracted with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group to provide EMS coverage to the center and the northern border of the Barrow County EMS Zone.

The Emergency Management division prepares for, responds to, and recovers from natural and man-made hazards and disasters. Maintains and updates the county's Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) and performs community outreach programs regarding emergency preparedness.

Department Stats

  • Full-Time Employees: 91
  • FY 2021 Budget:
  • $3,916,370 (EMS)
  • $105,718 (EMA)
  • $5,242,182 (Fire)