Future HQ Site

Barnes Rd. in Marion

Future EMS Station 4

US 221 North in Marion




McDowell County​ 

Emergency Services

William Kehler

Emergency Services


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.    Type your paragraph here.


Work Begins on Two New EMS Stations

We are excited to announce the start of construction and renovation at our new EMS facility along US 221 North, which will soon be EMS Station 4! The McDowell County Board of Commissioners recently approved and awarded contracts for a new Headquarters to be built along Barnes Rd. in Marion and the renovation and new construction of the former bank facility along US 221 North. Once the two new facilities are opened, the current EMS station in downtown Marion will be closed. The new four station setup will allow EMS to be strategically placed on the north and south end of US 221 Bypass to respond to all emergencies within the city of Marion and our outlying communities. The four station plan will reduce response times for our community. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to sharing additional updates with you. A formal ground-breaking ceremony for our Headquarters will be announced soon!