We’re Here When You Need Us
Chatham Emergency Services is a community-based not for profit Fire, EMS and Firewatch department providing emergency service to all of Chatham County.
Volunteer Fire Departments began offering services in Chatham County as far back as the 1930’s. Five volunteer agencies merged and incorporated in 1961. Today, Chatham Emergency Services is a community-based not for profit Fire, EMS, and Firewatch department. CES is committed to providing the highest level of emergency service to all of Chatham County. Fire protection from the department covers 245 square miles with over 120,000 people and emergency medical response covers 630 square miles with a population of 276,000 people. CES operates with a team of 450 personnel, both paid and volunteer, exemplifying safety and protection “for the community, by the community.”
To protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community with pride, professionalism, and compassion.
To continue to be the most competent, trusted, and valued fire and EMS provider for all Chatham County citizens and guests.
Fire Subscription Rate Update
Chatham Emergency Services' Board of Directors has approved a rate increase in May 2021. This increase was needed as the ongoing pandemic and economic conditions have increased expenses for medical protective equipment, fuel, and personnel costs for firefighters.