Public Safety

Location & Hours

273 Edward Teach Extension
Bald Head Island, NC  28461

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Administrative Office Hours: 
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 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

JULY IS GOLF CART SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH! You can participate by taking the Golf Cart Safety Awareness Month Quiz! You can pick up a hard copy at the Department of Public Safety, Village Hall, or the Island Package Center. Turn in your answers and you will be entered to win one of three prizes! A gift certificate for Turtle Central, a golf cart seat cover, or a Village of Bald Head Island tumbler. More info HERE.

Public Safety Department
Lead Staff

Joshua Gibson, Public Safety Chief
910-457-5252 ext. 1019

VACANT, Deputy Chief/Command Staff (Police)
910-457-5252 ext. 1022

Paul Homick, Deputy Chief/Command Staff (Fire/EMS)
910-457-5252 ext. 1021

Elizabeth Gray, Administrative Assistant
910-457-5252 ext. 1020

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 Chief, Joshua Gibson, and Command Staff, Deputy Chief, Police (VACANT) and Deputy Chief, Fire/EMS, Paul Homick.  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 (Elizabeth Gray) 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 that 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. However, due to staffing shortages, there was not a clinic during the 2023 season.  CLICK HERE for more information.