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Adams County Department of Emergency Services

Adams County Department of Emergency Services

About Us

Emergency Management is a legal responsibility and function of local, county, state and federal government. Over the past two decades, federal and state laws were amended to include natural, technological and man-made disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery programs. National attention to emergency management began in the early 1950s with emphasis on civil defense, or enemy attack preparedness. The Emergency Management Services Code (35 Pa. C. S. Section 7101-7707) became law in 1978 and replaced the State Council of Civil Defense Act of 1951. Amendments to this Act in 1988 and 1989 further focused the role of emergency management personnel, organizations and responsibilities. In 1997, as the role of the emergency management agency grew, the Adams County Emergency Management Agency and Department of Communications changed its name to its current Adams County Department of Emergency Services.

Provides Emergency Management Services for Adams County, both at county and municipal level; Operates county's 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center; runs county's Hazardous Materials Planning and Response program, including carrying out aspects of PA ACT 165 and SARA Title III; coordinates training for county's emergency responders. The Mission of the Adams County Department of Emergency Services is to provide to the citizens and emergency responders of Adams County a comprehensive program of emergency management, including, but not limited to:

9-1-1 and emergency dispatch services; emergency planning, training and resource management; hazardous materials planning, training and response. The Department works closely with appropriate municipal, county, state and federal agencies in order to carry out its mission.

Contact Us

Office Hours:
8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Monday - Friday

Contact 911 Center Non-Emergency
717-334-8101 or 717-624-2101


Contact Us

Contact the Department of Emergency Services staff. How may we help you? Submit a question to our team by clicking the Contact Us. For Non-Emergencies call 717-334-8101 or 717-624-2101

Document Center

911 forms, Emergency Management documents, Hazard Mitigation Plan, Hazardous Materials, Municipal EMC forms, and Training Facility form and policy

Municipal EMC

The municipal coordinator helps the community to achieve proper levels of preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation for various emergencies or disasters that might affect the municipality.


LEPC Meetings
Adams County Emergency Management and the Commonwealth to establish and maintain a viable Hazardous Materials Safety Program.

Ready PA Newsletter

Every month, Ready PA publishes a newsletter highlighting preparedness and readiness news for the residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Training Facility

The purpose of this training facility is to provide localized training for the emergency services responders in Adams County, including but not limited to: fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services and hazmat.

SCIC Meetings

In accordance with South Central Inter-County Communications Network Radio Communications and Governance Procedures

Hazardous Mitigation Plan

Hazard mitigation planning reduces loss of life and property by minimizing the impact of disasters. 

911 Center Monthly Reports

911 Communication Center Activities Report, Out of County Fire Departmental Report, In County Fire Departmental Report, Out of County Fire Departmental Totals



 Adams County Volunteer Services Association (ACVESA)