Responsible for housing those arrested in the County, the Detention Center holds convicted prisoners, as well as those awaiting trial. Maintaining Detention Center records, and ensuring the health and well-being of those incarcerated there are duties of the Warden (County Code, secs. 12-101 through 12-103).
The Center develops and maintains emergency operations plans for the County. Plans define emergency precautions, preparations, and actions during and after emergencies. At the time of emergencies, the Center coordinates federal, State, local and private responders. Hazard and disaster mitigation and recovery also are coordinated through the Center, which may operate essential service centers in the community. These centers provide food, water, and shelter for those in need (Code Public Safety Article, secs. 14-109 through 14-113).
Since July 1985, first the Department and then the Center has staffed and maintained a 911 call center, which receives emergency calls, and dispatches and coordinates responders. Maintaining an interagency communication network, the center works with fire and emergency medical service companies, State and local police departments, and the Sheriff’s Office.
On recommendation of the Board of County Commissioners, the Governor appoints the Center's Director (Code Public Safety Article, sec. 14-109).
The Deputy State Fire Marshal is appointed by the State Fire Marshal (Code Public Safety Article, sec. 6-303).
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