McDowell County​ 

Emergency Services




On August 14, 2019 emergency agencies from all across McDowell and surrounding counties battled the Chamad Warehouse Fire located off Virginia Rd. in Marion.  This fire involved more than 300,000 sq. feet of warehouse space.  Many thanks to the brave men and women who worked tirelessly to contain this fire.

(Drone photo by: Lt. Jason McKinney) 

 On behalf of the entire staff of McDowell County Emergency Services, I would like to welcome you to our website.   Our award-winning agency has a long history of being a top provider of emergency services in North Carolina. The men and women of our department work tirelessly each day alongside the committed team members from local fire departments, rescue, and law enforcement to ensure citizens and visitors of McDowell County receive professional and quality service that exceeds national standards.  Our EMS division is leading the way in rural pre-hospital care while our innovative community paramedic program improves the lives and health of our most vulnerable population.  Our state of the art 911 Communications Center is using advanced technology to process 911 calls in a timely manner, while our EM team works to prepare for the next disaster.  Thank you for taking the time to visit our site.  Please contact us should you have any questions about our agency.     


William Kehler

Emergency Services