The George County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is located in the basement of the County Courthouse. In the EOC is the office of Emergency Management, 911 Dispatch, and Fire Coordinator. The main priority of these agencies is protecting lives and property of the citizens of George County.
Emergency Management Agency
Emergency Management/Civil Defense acts as a coordinating agency during times of emergency or disaster. It takes the combined efforts of all county departments and volunteer organizations to effectively manage these events. Our mission involves the areas of:
- Preparedness- includes planning, resource management and training.
- Response- takes place during or immediately following an event.
- Recovery- occurs right after an event and can last for days and up to months depending on the severity of the emergency.
- Mitigation- is anything done to lessen the effects of a hazard, such as raising a house.
Flood Plain Management
Rural Fire Protection/Fire Coordinator
The county fire coordinator works with the state fire coordinator, the county supervisors and the fourteen volunteer fire departments. The volunteer firefighters provide a valuable service to the citizens by providing fire protection and emergency medical response.
Fire protection in George County is provided by fourteen volunteer fire departments which are divided into four fire grading districts:
- Fire Grading District One—Class 7 insurance rating
Shipman VFD, Rocky Creek VFD, Bexley VFD
- Fire Grading District Two—Class 8 insurance rating
Ward VFD, Agricola VFD, Howell VFD, Movella VFD
- Fire Grading District Three—Class 8 insurance rating
Central VFD, Twin Creek VFD, Barton VFD, Basin VFD
- Fire Grading District Four—Class 9 insurance rating
Benndale VFD, Broome VFD, Salem VFD
911 Dispatch & E-911
The 911 dispatch is a 24/7 operation with two dispatchers on duty at all times. The dispatchers are always ready to assist citizens in every way possible during emergency and non-emergency situations. The basic E-911 responsibility is to ensure that all George County addresses are entered into a 911 database. This database, maintained by the phone company, enables automatic routing to the appropriate law enforcement, fire protection and/or Emergency Medical Response unit in response to a citizen’s 911 emergency call. Coordination with county and city planning departments is vital so that as new roads, subdivisions and developments are created, the database can be updated.