[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners (now County Council) 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Department of Emergency Services was established as the Cecil County Civil Defense and Emergency Management Agency pursuant to 1961 Code; § 116; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-9; 1988, ch. 227, § 2, and reauthorized as the Department of Emergency Services under § 162-1 as amended, 1999 Code. The Department is subject to the direction, supervision, and control of the Director of Emergency Services under the authority of the County Executive and shall be responsible for the administration, coordination, and operation of emergency medical services, emergency management, emergency communications, and other emergency services as assigned, delegated or required by law.
The Department of Emergency Services shall be responsible for:
Receiving and handling all 9-1-1 telephone calls in Cecil County;
Receiving and dispatching requests for fire, rescue, emergency medical, hazardous materials, and law enforcement, as appropriate;
Commanding and controlling the hazardous materials response team;
Providing emergency medical services;
Managing and maintaining a communications system for use by fire, rescue, emergency medical services, and law enforcement; and
Providing emergency preparedness and emergency management within Cecil County.
The Department of Emergency Services shall maintain an Office of Emergency Management responsible for:
Managing and implementing all emergency plans for major emergencies and disasters;
Controlling and coordinating the County's response to major emergencies and disasters;
Functioning as the County organization for emergency management pursuant to:
The Department of Emergency Services shall be responsible for coordinating emergency medical services within Cecil County in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 30.
The Department of Emergency Services is responsible for the delivery of 9-1-1 emergency telephone system services within the County in accordance with COMAR Title 12, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.