Public Safety

Location & Hours

273 Edward Teach Extension
Bald Head Island, NC  28461

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Administrative Office Hours: 
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Dial 911 for emergencies and ALL calls for service

Be sure to tell the operator you are on BALD HEAD ISLAND

Phone: (910) 457-5252 (general inquiries)
Fax: (910) 304-6088




Public Safety Department
Lead Staff

VACANT, Public Safety Director
E-mail Paul Swanson & Jeff Griffin
910-457-5252 ext. 1019

Gloria Agnew, Administrative Assistant
gagnew@villagebhi.org
910-457-5252 ext. 1020

Paul Swanson, Captain/Command Staff
pswanson@villagebhi.org
910-457-5252 ext. 1023


Department Info

The Department of Public Safety is charged with ensuring the safety and well-being of the residents, employees, and visitors to the island as well as the security and safety of the properties on the island.  All Public Safety Officers are required to become certified in law enforcement, firefighting and as an EMT or paramedic.  In addition, they must be trained in water rescue.  

Staff: The Department is led by the Public Safety Director (Vacant), and Command Staff (Paul Swanson).  There are four shifts that are led by a lieutenant, with three to six Public Safety Officers on duty 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  

The Administrative Assistant to the Director handles ICE permits, golf cart registrations and general office duties plus clinic registration during the summer season.    The department is supported by a volunteer staff who assist with medical emergencies, firefighting, and water rescue. Click HERE to download an application to volunteer. Applications are accepted year-round.

Equipment: The Department has three fully-equipped fire engines. The Department has two ambulances which are fully stocked for emergencies and a mini-ambulance that is available for use on narrow roads and on bridges. 

Water rescue is facilitated by two jet skis, a 16-foot zodiac with a 60 HP engine and a Jon boat for use in the marsh.  An ATV and a UTV are available for use in beach rescue.   

Public Safety Officers patrol in the two Quick Response Vehicles which are equipped with a variety of supplies for first response to medical emergencies, fires, and water rescue as well as for law enforcement.  

Summer Walk-In Clinic:  During the summer season Dosher Hospital operates a medical clinic at the Public Safety Building.  CLICK HERE for more information.