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In Honor Of: Clinton “Bubba” Crosby 1947 – 2023

It is with a heavy heart that I share the sad news that one of our longtime Board of Directors member, Bubba Crosby passed early Monday morning. He died peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends. Late last Wednesday night Bubba took a turn for the worse at Candler Hospital. Another Board Member helped expedite Bubba’s admission to Hospice care, early Thursday morning. Around 11:30 Thursday, Chief Cowart, Captain Herndon and I personally transported Bubba out to his farm, 60 miles from Savannah near Claxton. It was his last wish in life to be home at the farm with his family.

Our Board President Tim Blanco said, “This news makes me extremely sad. The world will be at a loss without Bubba Crosby. He defined morals, ethics and caring, and he always thought of others first. It was my privilege to have him as an example in my life. I am extremely proud that we were able to provide him with some dignity on his final trip home.” A successful Cattle Rancher and Paving Company owner, Bubba faithfully served on our Fire Department’s Board of Directors for 31.5 years.

Visitation will be at Silk Hope Baptist Church located at 4929 Pineland Drive in Savannah this Friday, January 27, 2023 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. The memorial service to honor Bubba’s life will follow at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary.

– Chief Kearns

Chatham Emergency Services

A community owned Non-Profit organization which provides both Fire and EMS services to Chatham County since 1961. We respond to more than 74,000 Fire and EMS calls per year.

Our History

Fire Subscriptions 2022

In December of 2021, the Chatham County Commission voted to fully fund Chatham Fire Department, Fire Operations effective January 1, 2022. As such, subscription mailings have stopped and you will no longer receive annual subscription invoices. There are still many questions to be answered as the new system evolves. Stay up to date with the latest information available by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page below.


OUR Mission

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.

Board of Directors | Board Meetings

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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.”